February 3, 1959

“The day the Music Died”

I know, a long, long time ago. Not so for me. I can relate to Don McLean’s lyrics personally.

Don McLean wrote his song back in 1971, so time had passed since that February day in 1959.

Don Mclean was a paperboy on the cold February day. That, I am sure, is where he got the idea.

And I read the paper that day. Back in those days we got the morning paper, The Arizona Republic. We lived in Phoenix at the time. And our front porch is where I saw the story.

“A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while

But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died”

In 2017, McLean's original recording was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant"

McLean was not so much a songwriter, with this song at least, as he was a poet, in my mind almost the equal of one Bob Dylan. The song “American Pie” was an extraordinary work of art.

Check out the Wikipedia link for an in depth analysis of the tune.

The song was listed as the No. 5 song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jon, loved this song, and haven't heard it for a long time.  Now, am sure it will be stuck in my brain.

Feb 03, 2019 10:10 AM #1
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, ABR, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA, SRS

Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a SUPER Sunday!

Feb 03, 2019 02:06 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Jon, you got to love him, BTW did you hear what UCLA did? First gave him an Award and then three days later withdrew it:)) I loved his response, Endre

May 15, 2019 04:21 PM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

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