Song of the Week – Someday, Someway, Marshall Crenshaw

Ignored           Obscured            Restored

The debut, eponymous album by Marshall Crenshaw was released 40 years ago this month.  It is a really fine album, filled with catchy songs that his fans love, but has flown under the radar for most people, even many music lovers.

Crenshaw received his first break in the music industry in the late ‘70s when he won a slot in the musical Beatlemania, in the role of John Lennon.  It was during his stint with the show that he wrote many of the songs on Marshall Crenshaw, including the popular “Someday, Someway.”

“Someday, Someway” sparkles with jangly power-pop hooks and harmonies, with a nod to ‘50s Rockabilly.  It’s impossible to hold back a smile when you hear it.

In a PBS program, On Canvas, that first aired in 2013, Crenshaw said that the lyrics for “Someday, Someway” were written to describe “the awkward beginnings of a marriage” when you suddenly realize you’re in something permanent.

I can’t stand to see you sad
I can’t bear to hear you cry
If you can’t tell me what you need
All I can do is wonder why

Someday, someway aww
Someday, someway, yeah now
Someday, someway
Maybe I’ll understand you

After all you’ve done for me
All I really want to do
Is take the love you brought my way
And give it all right back to you

The album was given a brighter sheen with the help of producer Richard Gotterher, who did the same for Blondie and The Go-Gos.

Enjoy… until next week.

One thought on “Song of the Week – Someday, Someway, Marshall Crenshaw

  1. Thank you for reminding everyone about Marshall Crenshaw, one of the great underrated musical talents of our time. When I worked at WHCN in Hartford, we were into him early, from his indie single “She Can’t Dance” on forward. I liken him to artists like NRBQ and Fountains of Wayne, superior power pop that is mainstream to the cognizenti and occasional blips on the radar to the rest. Gonna go play me some Crenshaw as soon as I hit send….!

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