Song of the Week

Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein

There is something about a composer conducting one of his own compositions. I have always wondered what it’s like. It’s HIS piece of music. Those are HIS chords, HIS melodies, HIS transitions. He spends weeks, months, maybe even years if he’s Beethoven or Brahms, crafting his composition. He knows it inside and out. God gave it to HIM, not to anybody else. Watching Lenny conduct one of his own pieces gives me chills. He is in complete control. Just look at him… He’s so comfortable. He knows exactly how to execute the piece. He knows what it’s capable of, just as a mother knows what her child is capable of.

Last weekend, I attended a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert. It was their 20th annual “Salute to America” concert where they play tunes by American composers in honor of Independence Day. Their first tune was this overture. I never heard Lenny’s masterpiece performed live before, so this concert was especially touching. The DSO did a wonderful job! Not only with the overture, but with all of the pieces they played!

I hope that you all enjoy this wonderful piece of music! Let it speak to you as you would any other song.

Hopefully the heat isn’t too bad for everyone! It got into the hundreds here this past week. I’m not complaining!! 🙂 Stay cool

-Live and love your life!


About doowopdoowah

Hello and welcome! This site is dedicated to the incredible music known as “doo wop” from the 1950s and 1960s. As a college student studying psychology and music, I am fascinated by the soul and passion that lives within the plethora of songs from these unique times. “Doo wop” is an indelible form of popular music that filled the airwaves and hearts of those throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This music is soulful, passionate, and also romantic. Moreover, this music is nostalgic. Many might say that the nostalgia comes from the individual memories and experiences people had with this music back in the day (at the diners, the drive-in movies, in the backseat of the ’57 Chevy, on the street corners). However, as a young adult who certainly did not live through the 1950s and 1960s, I also become very nostalgic when listening to this music. There is an innocence to it, a certain romantic charm that warms the heart and brings a few tears. I acknowledge that everyone experiences music differently. We all have individual tastes, favorites. Furthermore, many people today have no idea what “doo wop” even is. The truth is, even though many of us do not know what this music is, we have all experienced it at some point in our lives, whether it was while watching a movie, a TV show, or scrolling through the Sirius or XM radio stations, listening to Meghan Trainor (Yes, doo wop music is still recorded and produced today)! The purpose of this site is to share and reflect upon some great music from a very tumultuous time in history, and also upon the legacy this music has left. I hope this site allows people of all ages to see that the nostalgia lies not only in the memories and experiences from way back when; it lies within the music. ABOUT ME I have been on WordPress now for about five years – doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. I was hesitant to start this blog and contemplated doing it for months. Writing has never been a strong suit, however, I do indeed enjoy it, and this is my space to sort of practice – so I apologize in advance if I may sound as though I am rambling, making no sense. I’m currently a college student (had to update this) who loves to talk, to play and listen to music, to learn, to meet new people, and to study just about anything. I LOVE classical music, Beethoven, 50s/60s pop and so much more. Also, anything psychology, really. I try to learn something new about myself everyday. I try to meet somebody new everyday. And I try to meditate everyday, using music and nature as my guide. I enjoy travelling and would like to visit New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles or any other Southern Californian city (Southern Californian architecture is just beautiful), and Italy. Unfortunately, I have yet to go to any of these places, but the goal is to visit before I reach 25. I have many idols. Leonard Bernstein (the BEST conductor ever, pictured in my profile picture) definitely inspired me to study music beyond its surface, and to talk about it. Ludwig van Beethoven is just brilliant, and has inspired me to learn more about music. Goldie Hawn (one of my favorite actresses and a huge proponent of positive psychology pertaining to mindfulness in children) - I grew up watching her movies. She has such a dynamic personality and life! I’m still waiting, though for her to make her big comeback to the screen… I hope it will happen! Other than that, I believe we all have the power to inspire each other and I think we should use that power more often. I hope that we can inspire each other by reflecting on great music - and other things too! It's interesting because my initial blog, liveloveyourlife was never meant to be a music blog. However, after sorting through my posts, 90% of it is music.. Oops! I try to tie the music into other aspects, but those messages tend to be difficult to convey sometimes, but I try my best. Doowopdoowah on the other hand is purely a music blog and will be where most of the action happens! So please, reach out, share your thoughts and feelings! Read (and LISTEN) on!

Posted on July 7, 2012, in Song of the Week and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Isn’t it such a lovely piece?? His music is just as brilliant as his conducting! Thanks for listening 🙂

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