On this day in 1959 rock and roll was thrown a vicious blow. Buddy Holley, Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson and an anonymous pilot were killed when their small plane crashed shortly after take off in bad weather. The death of each singer alone would have been sad to lovers of popular music, but to loose three very talented young (ages 22, 17, 28) artists at the same time in the same accident was touted as a tragedy nearly beyond bearable.
Eleven years later, Don McLean, recorded a song he wrote in the late 1960's. The song, American Pie.
American Pie is one of my favorite songs of all time. In fact it is rated the number 5 song in a 2001 poll conducted by the NEA and the RIAA. Knowing that this song was about the deaths of these particular singers, I tried to decipher the lyrics. If you have ever listened to the song, you know some of the words and phrases are...obscure. Turns out the song isn't only about "The Day The Music Died", it is also semi-autobiographical.
In real world usage, semi-autobiographical also translates to memoir which translates to the way things happened in my life the way I saw it from what I can remember. In many peoples opinions, fictionish.
Thanks for reading the ramblings of someone who is trying to gather remembrances from her past by writing a blog and collecting these thoughts in certain hopes to write a semi-autobiographical work, such as American Pie by Don McLean.