Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Today is the birth anniversary of Charles Hardin Holley, better known to us as Buddy Holly. Born 84 years ago today in Lubbock, Texas, he grew up during the Depression playing the guitar with the rest of his musical family. Another artist from the south who found his roots in country, gospel and R&B music, he was part of a bluegrass/country/rockabilly duo in high school with Bob Montgomery simply called “Buddy and Bob” (Montgomery wrote “Misty Blue” recorded by several artists including Dorothy Moore who turned it into a #3 hit in 1976).
The duo opened for Elvis Presley several times in 1955 and eventually Holly changed the direction of his sound to rock & roll. He was discovered and signed by Decca Records soon after and the rest is musical history. His style influenced everyone from The Beatles to Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton to The Hollies who, according to founding member Graham Nash, were named as a tribute to Holly,
There is no denying that his effect is far reaching and as influential as they come. His sound helped define the foundation of rock & roll and his legacy continues to radiate in music today, more than 60 years after his death. Happy birthday, Buddy Holly.
“A-well rave on, it’s a crazy feelin’ and
I know, it’s got me reelin’
I’m so glad, that you’re revealin’
Your love for me“.
Buddy Holly circa 1956. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Buddy Holly: “Rave On” ( 1958, written by Norman Petty, Bill Tightman and Joseph “Sonny” West).
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