I was honored to have some years of friendship with Doc Pomus and I 'think' that I can tell you of what his view on this would have been. He never felt that he was creating High Art. It was his gig. He got up in the morning and went to work writing songs just as if he was delivering mail, driving a cab or practicing medicine.
He had scathing distain for song writers who felt that some fairy muse would come down to whisper a great song into their ear. Doc felt that young writers had to learn their craft and, over a period of time, gradually get better at it. He was still working at getting better to the very end.
Be careful that you are not confusing the message with the messenger.
Vocalists come and go. The songs of Doc Pomus will be with us forever.
"So don't forget who's taking you home and in who's arms you're going to
be . . . ."
Whoa. . . hold on a minute here . . you have me saying something that I did not say.
My statement was that Doc Pomus considered song-writing to be his 'gig' and a job that he undertook with no illusions of pomp or ceremony. I never commmented on Dylan's muse or how his creative abilities function.
Although the Brill Building writers of the 1950s created some joyous music, I don't think that it would compare with Broadway in the 1930s and 1940s when there were dozens of theaters opening new musicals continually. Writers like Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hart, Cole Porter, the Gershwin Brothers, Kern & Hammerstein and countless others were writing songs that are still being sung in the repertoire of today's vocalists.
It's just my opinion, but I feel that decades from now, changing times
might mute Dylan's political themes but songs like "I Threw It All Away"
will still make your heart weigh heavy.
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 08:14:15 +0200 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Geoffrey J Felder (email@example.com) Subject: Doc Pomus To whom it may concern, Thanks for including my dad Doc Pomus in your Dylan's Who's Who. I remember the time Dylan came over to my dad's apartment to discuss life, songwriting, etc. My dad was very impressed with Dylan and always thought highly of him. Keep up the great work! Very truly yours, geoffrey j felder P.S. If possible, please include our site on the Doc Pomus page. We'll be happy to reciprocate.