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.
For as much as the Beatles influenced a generation, The Beatles themselves were inspired by their idols. Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Little Richard and Elvis had a huge impact on the Fab Four. So did Buddy Holly. Even the name of The Beatles came from John Lennon thinking naming a band after an insect was the way to go following Holly’s lead in calling his band The Crickets.
Holly is long remembered for his all too brief but eternal contribution to the early days of rock & roll with songs like “That’ll Be The Day”, “Oh Boy”, “Rave On”, “It’s So Easy To Fall In Love” and others. But in reality his death had as much of an impact on the world as his life did since he died so young and with two other singers, one even younger than Holly’s 22 years. I often read articles where people speculate how different music might be today if Holly were alive. But that is just a waste of time. Holly fulfilled his destiny or he would be here. It’s just that simple. He was only meant to be here for the time we had him and not a minute more. We may hate it, but that was the plan all along. But what a legacy we have to enjoy from his brief tenure as rock & roll’s prince.
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Buddy Holly & The Crickets: “Not Fade Away” (1957, written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty).
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