by Kerry Shook

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The Day The Music Died (1 of 2)
Series: Classic Rock
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Psalm 61:2-3 (NIV)


• Psalm 118:13-14 (NIV)

• Jeremiah 29:11 (TLB)


• Acts 16:25 (NCV)

• Acts 16:26 (NCV)

• Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)


"Music playing" I was a lonely teenage broncin buck with a pink carnation and a pickup truck but I knew I was out of luck the day the music died. We were singing Bye Bye Miss American pie. Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry.

Wow. You guys know that song pretty well don't you? It was 50 years ago on 02/03/1959 when a small plane crashed in a cornfield in Iowa taking the life of rock n roll pioneer Buddy Holly. Fellow musicians the Big Bopper and Richie Valens also perished in the crash and in 1971 Don McLean wrote a classic rock song that immortalized Buddy Holly and the tragedy. It was called The Day the Music Died. You have proved to me that you know the chorus but do you know how the song starts. A long time ago I can still remember how the music used to make me smile and I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance and maybe they would be happy for awhile but February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver. Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step. I can't remember if I cried when I read about the widowed bride but something touched me deep inside the day the music died. So bye bye miss American pie I drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry. And then good ole boys were drinking whiskey and wine singing this will be the day that I die. This will be the day that I die. Now if you really pay close attention to the lyrics this is a really sad melancholy song. Now we all had fun singing the chorus. This is a fun song to sing but if you really think about the lyrics for any length of time you realize what a melancholy hopeless song this is because Don McLean is saying that real rock and roll died in a cornfield in Iowa in 1959. We have all had days where we felt like the music has died in our own lives. We have all had those melancholy sad days where we feel like we've lost our song. We feel like the music has died. You see we all have a song. That's what makes you feel totally alive, totally passionate about life and we all have days when our song is turned up to full volume and its just blasting. I love those kind of days when I feel totally alive. I have my song and my song is turned up full volume. This last week we went with some friends of ours to the lake for two or three days at spring break because my son Steven loves to wake board. That's his song.
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