You know that feeling you get when you think you have a great idea, only to find it’s been done? Not only that, but been done well? It’s that mix of feeling disappointed and unoriginal, embarrassed by your own foolishness in thinking maybe you got something cool going on after all. But, after, there’s also a wave of self-satisfaction, a bit of a kudos to the instinct.

That’s how I felt after I heard this…:

…at the store the other day, and thought “Man, it would so rad to to make this into a sad acoustic cover!” only to hear this…:

…on a Pandora station today. Fun little arpeggio motif, West-Coast-cool vocals, and an unidentifiable instrument and/or pedal holding down a simple and effective rhythmic line. It thoroughly modernizes a classic, a little more depth and a little less pep, though it doesn’t completely sacrifice the innocent charm of the original.

Secretly wish I was around for the Ed Sullivan days. Back when even the bad-side-of-tracks-greaser-rock-n-roll boys wore suits and ties and had clean hair, it seems. I have to believe everyone used to have better manners than they do today, where most people treat everyone else like yesterday’s trash and think nothing of it. Still, I bet some people were still jerks. Jerks are as timeless as a crush-inspired love song.

Whatever. I still could figure out my own (sadder) version of this tune, maybe. But now I’m just YouTubing a bunch of Buddy Holly videos and making my cat hang out with me. What kind of life am I trying to lead, anyway? Really thought I’d have that worked out by now.

“Everyday it’s a-gettin’ closer
Goin’ faster than a rollercoaster
Love like yours will surely come my way
Hey, hey-hey”

Buddy Holly and the Crickets, B-Side on “Peggy Sue”