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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MAY 12: (Editors Note: Image has been converted to black & white. Color image is available.) Singer & songwriter Don McLean performs at the Ryman Auditorium on May 12, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

So, I sat and watched The Day The Music Died last night.

It’s available on the streaming service Paramount+

If you’re hoping for a quick tutorial on the lyrics, you’re out of luck.  We do get the tutorial but it doesn’t come until most of the way through this 90 minute documentary.

I love watching and listening to how the sausage gets made, and for the most part that’s what we have here.  The back story of the writing of the song.  Don McLean’s upbringing.  His early fascination with Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper.

We also see how he broke into the music business and how he was determined to write, in his words “a big song”.

It was the late 60’s, the Kennedy brothers had been assassinated, so had Dr. King.  The Vietnam war protests were tearing the country apart and it’s against that backdrop that McLean was inspired to write his “big song”.

We’re also taken on the ride to the top, the popularity of that song. A song Garth Brooks calls one of the greatest songs ever written.  Garth also lets us know just how important that song has been to him throughout his entire career.

If you’re a child of the 60’s and 70’s, and like EVERYONE else around the world, you know every word by heart, take the time to watch, The Day The Music Died.

I also encourage you to check out another one of my posts, my weekly “Pet Rescue”.  Just click here to learn about Maxine.

John