American as Pie

The Day the Music Died

Having lived through the rebellious years, Rock and Roll may mean more to me than those who missed the 50’s & early 60’s. Life in the United States began changing by the mid 60’s. We were locked in a Cold War with the Soviet Union and Vietnam became a war which starting taking young men from an idyllic life to the harsh reality of war and death.

It is this period in my life which brought a profound change in how I viewed the world. Music and life was much different that Christmas eve when I landed back in San Francisco. No longer was life as simple as hanging out with the guys, drinking beer and listening to rock and roll. Drugs became a part of every party and while “I” refused drugs, it did not stop the evolution from simplicity and naivete to anti-Americanism with it’s ugly edge.

The 66+ playlist includes the classic oldie American Pie from Don McLean. The song recounts the “day the music died” relating to the plane crash deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

We hope you enjoy the music by McLean, Holly, Valens and Big Bopper and a link to one explanation of McLean’s lyrics is posted on the website