-> "Yester-Day, The Music Died (Buddy Holly 2011 Tribute)"
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"Yester-Day, The Music Died (Buddy Holly 2011 Tribute)"
Sit here, cry'n'
Over Feb the Third of 'Fifty-Nine
Shoulda' took the bus and not gone fly'n
Though I so grieve,
Their fame: enshrine
Airplane crashed, and gone were young stars, three:
Buddy Holly, Bopper, Richie V.
For Rock 'n Roll
Next ... gig ... had to go
Bus: cold; slow
So took to sky
Some- .. .-thing ... went all wrong:
Their swan song
Why must they die - ie - ie - ie?
Don McLean paid homage, his own way
Wrote a classic that's still played today
Sad tale, convey
Coun- ... -try, ... Rhythm/Blues 
New style, incite
Meld- ... -ing ... Black and White
'Spite blight: fright:
Excite! Plight: ri- -i- -i- -ight!
What foul play!
Why would God, such good men, take away?
Thus McLean was driven: trust, betray 
No more, believe
He ceased to pray when saw Fate prey
"Rhythm and Blues", sometimes shortened to just "R&B", was coined in the 1940s as a euphemism to replace the former term for music by and for African-Americans, "race music". The famous Billboard Chart actually had a category called "race music" until 1958, when it was replaced by "Rhythm and Blues".
Holly, along with Elvis Presley, combined Hillbilly and Country styles with the rocking jazz and hard, insistent beat of R&B to create what would become Rock and Roll. He also increased the acceptability of Black music and musicians among White audiences and radio stations ("crossover"); it was said that some listeners couldn't tell whether Holly's band, the Crickets, were white or black. (Who cares? They were *good*, that's all.)
Holly also played gigs occasionally with (Soul artists) Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Overall, helping to bridge the racial divide in music, much of it caused by fear ("blight: fright"), and, in this writer's oh-so-humble opinion, eventually among the races themselves. What a legacy.
Going with a pretty common interpretation of the last verse of "American Pie":
"I went down to the sacred store (the Church) where I 'd heard the music years before (his childhood love of music and faith in God)
"But the man there said the music wouldn't play" -- Implying loss of faith from the loss of these seminal musicians, an implication reinforced by the final lines of the stanza:
"And the three men I admire most: The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost,
"They caught the last train for the coast / The day the music died"
I. e., McLean saw his faith leave, feeling that his God had left him -- the age-old philosophical and theological question of why a just, loving, and merciful God would let terrible things happen to good people.
Nope, TT has no answer to that one either, only this tribute, and the previous and future ones. with the intention that this day and these young men will not be forgotten for so long as both the site and the turtle are around. Thank you for reading and joining in remembrance.
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