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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


Blog Posted:7/30/2014 3:16:00 PM

Do you LOVE Doowop?


Doo-wop is a type of vocal group harmony that includes the following musical qualities: group harmony, a wide range of vocal parts, nonsense syllables, a simple beat, light instrumentation, and simple music and lyrics. Above all, the focus is on ensemble singing. The Wide Range Of Vocal Parts.

El Dorados--"Bim Bam Boom"

The lead in early doo-wop ballads frequently employed melisma, a gospel-derived vocal technique in which syllables are elongated to fit the meter of the song

"O-o-only You" in the Platters' "Only You"


Most song arrangements had a distinctive bass part, frequently it provided the introduction and/or punctuated the song between choruses. In some cases, the bass contributed a talking bridge in the middle of a song

The Diamonds' "Little Darling" [A Canadian group]


Falsetto parts were often used, typically at the end of a song, in conjunction with the lead's dramatic fade-out

"Tell Me Why," by Norman Fox and the Rob Roys;

"Since I Don't Have You," by the Skyliners

Fred Paris & The Satins "In the Still of the Night"

**Ma's favorite

In ballads, the falsetto part echos the lead voice, is part of the background harmony, or runs above the vocal blend. The lead singer may move in and out of falsetto (e.g., the Channels' "The Closer You Are") or use it throughout (e.g., the Paragons' "Florence").


Nonsense Syllables

Nonsense syllables were derived from bop and jazz styles, traditional West African chants, a cappella street corner singing (in place of the instrumental bass line), and doo-wop-styled r & b songs during the 1950-1951 period (e.g., the Dominoes' "Harbor Lights"). They were commonly used in the bass and harmony parts; their use tends to be more restrained, simple, and somber when employed in ballads ("doh-doh-doh," "doo-wah," etc.).

The Chips' "Rubber Biscuit" (1956) represented a virtuostic application of this technique:

Gow gow hoo-oo,
Gow gow wanna dib-a-doo,
Chick'n hon-a-chick hole-a-hubba,
Hell fried cuck-a-lucka wanna jubba,
Hi-low 'n-ay wanna dubba hubba,
Day down sum wanna jigga-wah,
Dell rown ay wanna lubba hubba,
Mull an a mound chicka lubba hubba,
Fay down ah wanna dip-a-zip-a-dip-a,
Mm-mh, do that again! (bass exclamation)

During the doo-wop revival (1960-1963), nonsense lyrics became more complicated, almost baroque in style. These lyrical contortions sometimes became the main focus;

The Edsels' "Rama Lama Ding Dong" (1961),

the Marcels' "Blue Moon" (1961) **Ma's favorite

Nonsense words are used in poetry too.

By Lewis Carroll 1832–1898 Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

The poetic devise/trope of Onomatopoeia gets you close to nonsense words used for the affect of SOUND in poetry.

The Bells by Poe

Hear the sledges with the bells -
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

*The purpose of the poem is to create an effect, an effect created through sound devices, including onomatopoeia. Even the repetition of the word "bells" is onomatopoeic. The hurried rhythm, internal rhyme, frequent repetition, alliteration, assonance, and consonance create the illusion of bedlam, a similar feeling to that created by ringing bells.

DO you use any or all of these TROPES in your poetry?


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  1. Date: 8/1/2014 8:57:00 AM
    Reads like an interesting contest..Way to go..Sara

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  1. Date: 7/31/2014 2:19:00 PM
    Here Syd! James Taylor sang it too this is the original

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 7/31/2014 2:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jimmy Jones was the first , Del Shannon
  1. Date: 7/31/2014 2:09:00 PM
    Debs your comma comma etc is rather like Jimmy James' HANDYMAN.."coma coma coma coma com com-a coma yea yea yea yea yeah.." you recall the song(one of my favs) ? is tha t a doo wop song then - is it?? i never knew....

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  1. Date: 7/31/2014 9:06:00 AM
    There's been a revival of sorts Andie of acapella music!

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  1. Date: 7/31/2014 9:05:00 AM
    Yes Craig it is & SOUND as well as scent are two big devises the poets here seldom use EXPLORE ALL your Tools!

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  1. Date: 7/31/2014 9:01:00 AM
    yes, DooWop is great music. Every year before Xmas they have a competition of groups that sing without instruments and they use Doowop a lot (to make their own instruments as well)I forgot the name of that show. Do you recall, Debs? Anyway, lots of info in your blog.

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  1. Date: 7/31/2014 8:22:00 AM
    I love doowop! Great blog---yes it is fun to play with those rhythms

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  1. Date: 7/31/2014 7:49:00 AM
    Comma comma down dobee dobee down whoaaaaaa whoaaaaaaa

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 7/31/2014 4:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Just noticed "Blue Moon" was already in the blog. I tried to edit, but it doesn't show up in my "Blog Comments" outbox.
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 7/31/2014 3:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    "Breaking up is Hard to Do" - Neil Sedaka. I know and love them all. Remember "Blue Moon" by the Marcels? That was off the hook!
  1. Date: 7/31/2014 5:55:00 AM
    Ah you are a wealth of info my dear friend, when you talk music you talk my language dear heart, and I love the word portmanteau, being from Montreal, we LOOOOVE Portmanteaus Big Bear Hugs, xxxx

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  1. Date: 7/30/2014 8:51:00 PM
    So glad you enjoyed playing the old tunes I sure did! A Trope is a fancy word for simile, metaphor, alliteration, assonance, consonance etc. a trope is a poetic devise - non-sense words is a trope, Portmanteau word is a trope etc.

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  1. Date: 7/30/2014 6:04:00 PM
    wow, i have all those doowop tracks Debbie, mostly on vinyl which i still collect, at car boot sales and record collectors markets, here in the uk...interesting the word portmanteau,, in the rock 'n' roll era, Chuck Berry was second to none, in his wordster technology ....'motorvating' was one of these...although i particularly liked his similies 'moving through the traffic like a mounted cavalier' comes to mind. love your blog, at last something to get my teeth into, will have a look at 'tropes'

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  1. Date: 7/30/2014 3:37:00 PM
    Portmanteau words - Lewis Carroll coined the term portmanteau to refer to the blending of two words to create a new one, combining the meanings of the two original words.

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