Music Then & Music Now

Today marked the 52nd Anniversary of a terrible plane crash that took the lives of three famous musicians in 1959. The deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were a tragic event that brought much grief for a generation that clung to the words of the musicians. I was around during the time of this event, but I remember growing up watching the movie La Bamba, and enjoying many of Ritchie Valens songs. Even going through high school hearing the song “American Pie,” this was put out to honor these three men and the impact that they had on society. Going around and talking to several people today that was around on that date actually had brought some fond memories in the eyes of a couple. They reflected back to favorite songs and even reactions the day it was on the cover of the newspaper in their areas. This actually made me think of the impact that music has had on my life and what artists I can say would bring the same reaction today. To be honest I can’t really think of many that have played such a vital role in society. Is that a generation thing or has music just become another part of society that is flooded? The music I believe used to be more pure and the words actually meant something to the people that were listening. So maybe when these men died on February 3, 1959 the music really did die as Don McLean says in his song.

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One Response to Music Then & Music Now

  1. emmonsok says:

    We are so fractured now. Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Hendrix, Elvis: They topped the charts when the charts meant something. Artists then had the opportunity to speak to entire generations of Americans. Today everybody’s got their own little subculture. The oldies never get old for me; still, I’m glad to be alive at a time of such incredible diversity in music.
    That Don McLean song is definitely an amazing work of art in itself. His other hit from that LP, Vincent, is also amazing (though extremely corny at the same time).

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