Music, My Life

The Day the Music Died

To steal the phrase from a popular song – “The Day the Music Died,” I have to admit in defeat that I can’t keep up with writing about 1 song per week. I just don’t have the time.

The trouble is – I have lots to say and if I use up my available writing time to write about 1 song per week, I won’t be able to tell some of the other stories that I’m just dying to share.

If you know me personally, you know that I’m a storyteller…and a talker.

I think it has something to do with growing up in the Oil Springs area because it seems that many folks with roots in the area are also avid talkers.

But, this post isn’t a complete waste, because there is a point to this title in more ways than one.

“The Day the Music Died” is from a popular song by Don McLean – “American Pie”, written in the 1970s.

While this particular song wouldn’t make it onto my list, one of the musicians that Don McLean is referring to in the song would be a favourite for sure.

A little background on “The Day the Music Died

February 3rd, 1959 singers Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper boarded a small airplane to get to their next gig. It was winter and after a coin toss with other musicians, it was these 3 along with a pilot, that boarded a small plane in Iowa during a cold winter night. Not long after take-off, the plane crashed and all 4 on the plane were killed.

In the 1980s the movie “La Bamba” came out and I went to see it in the movie theatre with my Mom. I can still remember it. A little intense for a 10-year-old kid, but I was pretty “aware” for a 10-year-old. It was a highly emotional movie because it portrayed the rising career of Ritchie Valens until he was killed in the plane crash.

After I saw the movie, I was obsessed. I received the official soundtrack tape as a gift and I listened to it over and over on my sisters red Sony Walkman, although most of the songs were actually performed by the band Los Lobos.

About 5 years ago I decided to find the movie  and re-watched it with Joy. She had never seen it before. As we started to watch I realized that it was pretty racy for a 10 year old! I’m guessing that I only understood some of what was going on when watching it as a child!


Ritchie Valens and specifically his version of “La Bamba” would definitely make it onto my list of my 52 favourite songs, as well as a few others like “Donna” and “Come on Let’s Go”

If you aren’t familiar with them, here they are below.

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