February 3, 2018

Dear Fellow Members,

     There was a song once – as in “A long, long time ago” – released in 1971 – that seemingly lasted longer than the entire month of February. “I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.” At 8 minutes, 33 seconds long – this folksy anthem captured the hearts and minds of an entire generation. But February made me shiver…with every paper I delivered,as Don Mclean would later chillingly write as a direct reference to his learning of Buddy Holly’s death. He learned of the ill-fated flight while folding newspapers for his route on the morning of February 4, 1959. “Bad news on the doorstep…I couldn’t take one more step.Though only an eighth grader at the time at St. Barnabas the Apostle, I remember vividly – the release of the song. Immediately, I wanted to know as much about the history of the song as possible. Slightly over 800 words – the lyrics fascinated me. It was a musical timeline. I was enraptured. Now do you believe in rock ‘n roll…can music…save your mortal soul?” I do. It can. It did and I’m here to tell the story…whether anyone’s listening or not!