The music

One of the things that Stephen Hurley and I do either during the This Week in Ontario Edublogs show or before the show as we’re getting ready is chat about music. We try to have music related to one of the blog posts or something relevant in some other way.

We had another great show last week but I got a message from Stephen after the show that we had both missed references to The Day the Music Died. It was February 3, 1959 that the world lost the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens. I felt badly and couldn’t believe that, between the two of us, we hadn’t discussed it. After all, he did recognize that it was Melanie Safka’s birthday. You’ll remember her from Brand New Key.

Certainly, it was nice to recognize that but I can’t believe that we overlooked the other event. After all, it inspired this from Don McLean

Such great music had indeed been lost. Who can forget the contributions made by these talents?

Big Bopper

Buddy Holly

Ritchie Valens

These were such great talents and are regularly played on Oldie’s Stations these days. I can’t help but think that they are truly some of the giants on which today’s music has been influenced. The music itself may have changed but the chances taken set the stage for challenging the status quo.

In closing, I’ll admit that I’m not always a fan for music covers but there is a terrific cover of McLean’s classic by Madonna.

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