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The day the music died and my show was cancelled.

Posted on February 21, 2010

Hi everybody.

I love Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.  I've always loved 50's rock'n'roll anyway.  But, when I was a teenager, the movie La Bamba came out.  I've heard that it did not get a wide release around the country.  But, it was in theaters in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It is still one of my personal favorites.  Esai Morales is great in it.  (Morales is a criminally underated actor.)  For me and some of my friends, it was cultural/spiritual/rock'n'roll awakening.  And, Los Lobos put out a great soundtrack.  Dialogue from the movie became part of my permanent vocabulary.

After watching the movie, I walked right in to a music store next to the theater and picked up some Eddie Cochran, some Ritchie Valens, and some Buddy Holly.

So, every February, I try to slip some Buddy and Ritchie songs into my shows.  My own little tribute to the Day the Music Died if you will.

So, I had this gig booked and had practiced my 'Peggy Sue.'  My guitar and amp were loaded in the car, had my boots on, and I was ready to roll.  Suddenly, I get word that the show is cancelled due to building renovations.

I'm all dressed up and everything.

Sigh.

No 2010 February Tribute.  Once again, fate has stopped me in my tracks.

Well, fate can stop me.  But, it can't stop the rock'n'roll!

I'll be playing a show at Saxby's Coffee on Friday March 5th at 7:00pm.  I'll be playing my old stuff, some new songs, and maybe, baby...I'll have to throw in some choice covers.

You catch my snow drift?  The word is go.