There are those who say that this is "the day that the music died". And in a way, a part of the "heart" that was the music of the 1950's did die that day. Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens all passed away in that small plane headed off to another date to play for more music-loving teens. As I write this, it is nearing 1:00 a.m. which is about the time it crashed forty - oops, a little edit here - Mary L. caught my error - that was fifty years ago today. I grew up in Iowa and the plane crash made big news. Ever after, if you mentioned Clear Lake, almost everyone thought of Buddy Holly. I was just a kid when it all happened but my Uncle was in high school - another edit here - my head hit the pillow and I realized Gordie, my uncle, was a freshman in college that year - and he and his friends felt that loss.
The album in the photo above is one of two Buddy Holly albums that were given to me by a friend. I think my friend had a crush on me but he was several years older than I was and I was interested in guys my age (it was the mid 60's and I was in high school at the time). He knew I liked Buddy Holly, though, and gave the albums to me anyway. One of them didn't survive Hurricane Camille in 1969 but this one is in fine shape. It's got all the best songs on it and was released after his death. You can hear most of them because my music today is songs from Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper.
I think one of the most beautiful songs ever sung is Buddy Holly's "Raining in my Heart". Talk about a sad song. I practically cry every time I hear it. And it's not just the lyrics. It's that beautiful orchestra that is accompanying him. Listen to it carefully. Then there's "True Love Ways", a really beautiful love song. Both songs were recorded in 1958. He may be gone but his music still stands the test of time. Listen and enjoy.
I have an exciting afternoon ahead.........a visit to the dentist but I am going to make a stop at the local thrift shop so we shall see what fun things I find! I'll be back tomorrow with the snowman pattern for February and some tea and stitches and some Valentine fun and memories, too.
Note: If you are a Buddy Holly fan you might enjoy the following links: