I’ve been on
a bit of a Buddy Holly kick lately. I
bought a new electric guitar and Buddy’s early stuff is pretty east to play…and
fun. It got me to thinking about “The
Crickets.” Buddy Holly was billed as Buddy
Holly and “The Crickets.” Several years
after Buddy sadly died in a plane crash, I saw “The Crickets” play in Greenwich
Village, NY. I guess they were pretty
good, I was young and with a group that was more interested in booze than in “The
OK, I am a
follower, not a leader.
Buddy Holly has always been a favorite of mine.
I have heard that “The Beatles” were greatly influenced by Buddy
He had about 15 huge hits in only a few years before he was taken from us. All his music seemed to evolve. He was only getting better and better…much like the Beatles.
There is no telling
what music we lost with his death, he was an absolute genius, a title often
thrown around willy-nilly for entertainers, but not for Buddy. He was a true genus.
trying to wail away at his early music I have thought about “The Crickets.” They were musicians, certainly more than I,
but they were also just locals that happened to be part of Buddy’s early crowd
of friends. Like a local garage band
where one member just happened to be a genius.
It must have
been difficult for “The Crickets” to keep up with Buddy. They were probably happy with a three-chord
progression with a bass, rhythm, lead guitar and drum band, while Buddy heard
different progressions and a variety of back up instruments. Buddy wanted to create and tour the country. “The Crickets” were happy with
local bars and hearing a few of their records on the radio.
What is you
I guess I just
find it interesting how timing in this world can lead to success.
Crickets,” an average bunch of local musicians will forever be tied with and be
famous because they were lucky enough to get their start with a musical genius.
Mantle was a baseball great. What if he
was born 100 years earlier? He might have
ended up a dirt-poor farmer, or lung damaged coal miner. What if Bill Gates was born in Kansas before computers,
or even electricity? He would probably have
been the worst farmer in Kansas and a complete failure.
landing gear on my plane of life is getting ready to drop, I wonder…was I born
at the wrong time? Did I just not meet
the right people? Has the technology that might unlock my hidden pure genius simply
not yet been invented? Could I have been
I am not that good on guitar, but if I was hanging around Buddy Holly at the right time, I might have been a “Cricket”!