(If you follow Allyson, then you’ve already seen this but I’ve got pictures so…) If you’ve been following my blog, you know that my sister and I competed in two FBLA events: Graphic Design and Website Design. We ranked in the top eight out of all of the district entries, so we got to present at the district competitions today at the mall. Only first place from each competition moves on to state…WE WON FIRST PLACE IN BOTH CATEGORIES!! Now it’s time to prepare for state that takes place in Springfield, MO in April!
To add to this great day, I got to see Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story musical. They were running a promotion that if you bring your educator or student ID, you get $28 seats. My seats ended up in row 8 orch right (normally $60 in that section). The offer is still valid through tomorrow.
This was the first professional musical I’ve seen. It was amazing! I highly recommend that you see it (even if you have no idea who Buddy Holly is).
The musical walks you through Buddy’s musical career (you can see one of my last posts “The Day the Music Died: February 3, 1959” for a rundown of his music career) starting with his frequent performances of both kinds of music (Country and Western) on a radio show to his final performance (with The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens).
The talent was amazing; the guy who played Buddy really did sound like him. He even picked up on most of the mannerisms Buddy had. The guy who played Ritchie Valens was full of energy–perfect for his performance of “La Bamba”.
It was kind of cool seeing this musical so close to the 59th anniversary of his tragic death. Buddy Holly, with his four year career, is one of the most inspiring musicians there will ever be. Don’t even try to argue that Beyoncé is the best or most inspirational. Buddy Holly was one of many that created this new genera of music and helped pave a new path for rebellious rock ‘n’ rollers and race relations. And he did it in the amount of time it takes you to start and finish high school. He is the one that influenced Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Pete Townshend (The Who).
If you don’t know who Buddy Holly is, ask your grandma (or use Google…it might save you some time). Take a couple of minutes to sit down and listen to his music. Expose yourself to the music that is the great great grandparent of your favorite pop song. You might recognize a tune or two. I recommend listening to “That’ll be the Day”, “Everyday”, “Rave On!”, “Raining in my Heart”, and “Peggy Sue”. These are classics (well I guess they’re all classics, but you get the point). Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, listen to his greatest hits.
50s rock n roll/rockabilly was a lot simpler because the artists wanted to focus on writing good strong lyrics. That’s how Elvis wrote. If you listen to 50s rock n roll/rockabilly you’ll notice a strong bass line, a simple drum line, a lot of rhythm guitar, a piano, and good, strong vocals. Rock n roll was about bringing out these elements in a way that you can still focus on the message being sung.
If you want a good slow song, listen to “Earth Angel” by The Penguins, or “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” by The Prisonaries.
OR if you want to hear the song that started rock n roll, listen to “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston & his Delta Cats.
Anyway, I could go on for hours about 50s music alone…I’ll save the rest for a future post.