Eddie, I’m Ready (for Love) is a slow-dance, teenage romance, time-warp, 50’s love song that I wrote for my life-long friend, Ed Ruscha. Eddie & I were in Jr. High and High School together back in the 50’s in Oklahoma City, so the pop music of that era was the music we grew up on.
As a musical composition, I guess it could be considered a song “late in the tradition of a past genre.” However, in this case, I’m betting that a good song is a good song in any era... even if it wasn’t written in its era. Since Ed is an artist, I told him that if 50’s pop music is a portrait of a time in American culture, “Eddie, I’m Ready” puts him in the picture. It might well have been played as the “last dance” tune at the Junior or Senior prom.
Lyrically, it’s a song from the girl of Ed’s dreams back then, speaking to him now on the radio… 55 years later. It’s the kind of song that would probably have been considered “suggestive” back in the 50’s. It gets to the point, she's ready to "put out" as they used to say back then. I think it’s a song that all the guys would have turned up on the car radio for their girlfriends. Implying she's ready...are you? “Eddie” was also a very popular pop culture name of the 50’s, so in a broader sense, it’s a song that could resonate for all the “Eddies” of the era… perhaps a song from a girl of the future, a girl of the 60’s!
I wrote it, or perhaps I should say, it came to me on the night of December 16th in 1983 under what, at least it seems to me, were unusual circumstances. I had gone to bed that night and just as I was drifting off to sleep, the melody popped into my head. It wouldn’t leave me alone. It was so compellingly on my mind I finally got up and sang it into a tape recorder. Then, as soon as I went back to bed, the lyrics started coming to me. I finally had to get up and write them down as well. I was obsessed with working it out for the next couple of days. Suddenly it hit me… December 16th is Ed’s birthday! The wow thing is, I hadn’t even remembered that it was Ed’s birthday before the song came to me. This is a synchronicity hard for me to ignore.
In retrospect, the whole experience now seems like some mystical vision from the “ethers of music”. What the heck, a phone call from Inspiration Central is always an amazing thing, no matter what the message is.
Back in 1983, I called Ed up and sang it for him over the phone. It was sort of like a singing telegram birthday card. I told him it was obviously a song written for a girl to sing and that I’d get a demo recording of a girl singing it made for him soon. In early 1984 I did. So, “Eddie, I’m Ready,” written 30 years late and recorded 20 years later adds up to 50 + 5 years late, but as they say… better late than never!