Music on Monday – Buddy Holly – Oh Boy

Buddy Holly on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1958 (studio audio dubbed in)

Buddy Holly – “Oh Boy”


Buddy Holly is a legend. He’s a legend in one of the most stereotypical ways – he was incredibly gifted and energetic, in a burgeoning field, made a stratospheric ascent into the public consciousness, and died very young, at the very top of the field he pioneered.

There is no way to understate the influence Buddy Holly had on popular music, and in particular, rock’n’roll. Not in the least was the fact that some young lads in Liverpool fell in love with his music. The name the band eventually took – the Beatles – was a play off Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets. Not only did the Beatles cover a number of Buddy Holly songs in the early days of the band, but it seems they even emulated the way he held the guitar. Holly had perfected a persona; he looked every bit the “square”, the tall, skinny guy with the glasses and 1950s haircut, but once he started playing, well, “Oh Boy!”

One can always speculate what Holly would have done had he lived. Certainly, as it did with the Beatles (and even Elvis), his look and the style of the music would have evolved. But, as it sometimes happens, that didn’t happen. This past week marked the 60th anniversary of the plane accident that took Buddy Holly’s life, along with the lives of three other very young men. As a result, Buddy Holly, in memory, is frozen in time as the geeky 22-year-old musical genius.

Had Holly even walked this earth for double the days that were given him, we still would be saying that his days were too short. It’s a weird place in time to be to realize that Don McLean’s amazing tribute song to Holly, “American Pie”, a smash hit in its own right, was a hit many years before my birth, and he was marking, already, a decade since Holly’s passing. As such, in my mind, Holly was always someone who lived and died “long, long ago”. That being said, this past week I found out that a man at a church that I once attended died. He was 85, very musical, and one of those people who was always a ray of sunshine to the people he encountered, and so, seemed a good bit younger. I was actually shocked to learn he was 85. Yet, it boggles the mind that Buddy Holly, had he lived, would still be younger than this man.

In the end though, death comes for us all, whether sooner or later. Our mission, then, as always, is to make the most of the time we have here, while preparing our souls for the next life. We never, ever know when we’ll be called from this life into the next. Still, we live in the hope and the certainty that there is the life to come.

10 Fascinating Facts About Buddy Holly

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Music on Monday – Beatles (remix) – Here Comes the Sun

The Beatles/Youtube user “rocanlover 05” – Here Comes the Sun (2017 remix)

Came across this by accident, though I’m not sure it’s exactly the one I came across yesterday. However, it’s kind of an interesting thing to do, and there certainly are a lot of people who are musically talented working on Youtube!

Music on Monday

“Don’t Let Me Down” – The Beatles
(Performed as part of the rooftop concert on 30 January 1969)

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I go back and forth about wanting to explain why I’ve picked some of this music, or if I should just let the music stand for itself. However, as I’ve been doing this, sometimes I’ve really wanted to add an ‘explanation’ and refrained, and this has happened often enough I figure now that if I want to say something, I’ll say it, consistency or no consistency. *L*

The Beatles’ rooftop concert strikes me as an incredibly unique moment. Imagine, if you will, January in London. I wouldn’t think that this day was bitterly cold, but it certainly was cold enough that some of the people up there are wearing heavy coats. It is grey, and grey in the way January tends to be, the reflection of the sky to the snow layered in grime, a barren grey, a grey that takes grip after all the revelry of December has faded away. This is the day that the Beatles will go upstairs to the top of 3 Savile Row in downtown London. And for a short time, there is a reason for those outdoors to pause in their rushing from one grey building to another, avoiding the weather, and that is to try to figure out what in the world is going on with this music being played. Mind you, we have video from atop the roof, but I don’t believe that anybody below could have actually seen the Beatles.

However, this is the building that house the Beatles’ Apple Corp., and so it had to be the Beatles, the Beatles breaking up the interminable grey of a random January day. How long would they play? How long could they, with the police being dispatched to the address because of the ruckus? Did this mean that the band which hadn’t toured in three years would be out again on tour?

By the end of the year, the Beatles would be essentially disbanded, but the people didn’t know that then. Maybe it was due, in part, to the influence of Billy Preston’s presence, but it seems that despite the acrimony which had already be surfacing within the band, that once they got into the music to play, they really, really enjoyed it.

The Beatles. A moment. An all-too-brief moment breaking up a grey January day. Still, all these years later, the magic of this moment can still be perceived.

The War on Reality

I suppose that things like this “The newest thing deemed totally RAAAAACIST by the Marxist Morons? Science!” shouldn’t be surprising anymore. I can’t say “surprise” was the immediate reaction I had to this.

Then again, when, already back in the 1960s, we started getting drug-inspired mumbo-jumbo quasi-religious poppycock filling the airwaves with the idea that there is no such thing as reality, I really am not surprised. Take for example, the Beatles’ song “Rain”

I can show you that when it rains or shines
it’s just a state of mind…

or Donovan’s “There is a Mountain”.

First, there is a mountain
Then there is no mountain, then there is…

Now, I am not doubting the power of the mind and its untapped potential. As an Orthodox Christian, I am in awe of stories even of modern-day ‘mystics’, such as Elder Porphyrios who seemed to be able to know things about people without having met them before, and could communicate with others from a distance (sans telephone). The difference here is that this is not a denial of reality, but an augmentation of it. But when the Beatles sing about rain or shine being a ‘state of mind’, please demonstrate that if one walks out into a rainstorm, he doesn’t get wet.

Science is a discipline that is supposed to add to the human experience by observing reality and then basing judgments on this, in theory for the betterment of humankind. Many people see science and religion as opposing each other, but in fact, their purpose is not the same, nor do they ask the same questions. In both cases, one ought to be on the search for truth. Science may not be able to explain a lot that is understood as ‘religious experience’, but then again, there are tons of scientific questions that have been answered and now seem elementary that remained mysteries for thousands of years. For example, we don’t necessarily see germs, but even children are taught not to do certain things to avoid sharing and spreading germs, whereas just a couple of centuries ago, this was not understood at all. But yet, it seems like a step back into the dark ages to proclaim that just because a scientific fact may be ‘hurtful’ to someone’s sensibilities, the whole world ought to revert to a rejection of what really is.