February 3rd – The Day The Music Died

February 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning music lovers. Today is Friday, February 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

The Day The Music Died Day 

The Day The Music Died Day may be a sad occasion for many of you. On this date in 1959, near Clear Lake, IA, a small plane crash claimed the lives of rock music legends Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. (“The Big Bopper”) Richardson, (and the pilot, Roger Peterson). Click this link to find out more about the circumstances of the crash.
Don McLean, in his 1971 song “American Pie”, is credited with coining the phrase “The Day the Music Died”. Although it was certainly a tragic event, I respectfully disagree with Mr. McLean’s premise…in fact, his own song “American Pie” proves that “the music” didn’t die on that tragic day because it was done in a genre that was completely foreign to any of the legends he memorialized in the song.
To me, music is an ever-changing entity. From the first time a caveman (or cavewoman) began rhythmically beating two rocks together, to present day music, to whatever form music takes in the future, “the music” just keeps evolving, and will never die.
Your parents or grandparents may have lamented that the “the music” died when Bill Haley and the Comets began to “Rock Around the Clock,” but “the music” persevered. Others may have thought that “the music” died when Elvis Presley swiveled his pelvis on the Ed Sullivan Show, or when the British “invaded” America’s music scene in the early 1960’s, but “the music” persevered. Still others may think that ”the music” died in the mid-1970’s when the Disco Era began, or when rap and hip-hop music became popular, but “the music” persevered. The truth is that “the music” is still alive and well, and just like the proverbial Energizer Bunny, will keep going forever – you just may not like to where it progresses.
The computer age has spawned new venues, such as YouTube, for musicians to expose their music to large audiences, without having to wait to be “discovered” by traditional music producers or established artists. This is opening up even more avenues upon which “the music” can progress. Who knows what form “the music” will take in the future?
Author’s Note: What song, event, or era do you associate with The Day The Music Died?

Cordova Ice Worm Day  

Not being from the frozen north, I had no idea that there were even such things as ice worms. Apparently, ice worms are real creatures, and this link will show you that National Geographic has spent some time digging into the habitat of these mysterious creatures.
Cordova, Alaska has an annual Ice Worm Festival celebrated today. This quaint, rural town, without even a stoplight, goes ice worm crazy with parades, talent shows, and even a Miss Ice Worm Pageant in this festival celebrating the glacier-dwelling worm. Traditional Ice Worm Day contests include the Oyster Shuck-n-Suck, the longest beard, and the tastiest smoked salmon.

National Carrot Cake Day

Carrot cake closely resembles a quick bread from its preparation to its final consistency. Quick breads mix the wet and dry ingredients separately before combining, and the final product is coarser than a traditional cake.
Carrot Cake has been around since the Middle Ages. At that time, sugar and other sweeteners were rare and very expensive, so people used sweet vegetables to flavor their puddings.
During World War II, the British government rationed many luxury foods and household staples including sugar. To appease the nation’s sweet tooth, the Ministry of Food promoted recipes for carrot puddings, carrot-filled pies, and carrot cakes.
Today, many families in the UK still serve carrot cake on Christmas Day. Carrot cake is much healthier than many other baked goods. A traditional recipe calls for carrots, raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar (instead of refined white sugar).
Enjoy a slice of carrot cake from your local bakery, or bake one yourself in honor of National Carrot Cake Day.

More Holidays

In the unlikely event that you believe as I do, that “the music” is immortal, and/or your hectic schedule makes a spur-of-the-moment trip to attend the ice worm festivities in Cordova, Alaska unfeasible, and/or if you are allergic to carrots…or cake, don’t be chagrined. There are more reasons to celebrate today listed below.

On This Date

  • In 1690 – The first paper money in America was issued by the Massachusetts colony. The currency was used to pay soldiers that were fighting in the war against Quebec.
  • In 1783 – Spain recognized the independence of the United States.
  • In 1809 – The territory of Illinois was created.
  • In 1815 – The world’s first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.
  • In 1862 – Thomas Edison printed the “Weekly Herald” and distributed it to train passengers traveling between Port Huron and Detroit, MI. It was the first time a newspaper had been printed on a train.
  • In 1900 – In Frankfort, KY, gubernatorial candidate William Goebels died from the wounds he received from an assassin’s bullet. On August 18, 1900, Ex-Sec. of State Caleb Powers was found guilty of conspiracy to murder Goebels.
  • In 1913 – The 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and collect income tax.
  • In 1917 – The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
  • In 1951 –  Dick Button won the U.S. figure skating title for the sixth time.
  • In 1966 – The first rocket-assisted controlled landing on the Moon was made by the Soviet space vehicle Luna IX.
  • In 1969 – At the Palestinian National Congress in Cairo, Yasser Arafat was appointed the leader of the PLO.
  • In 1972 – The first Winter Olympics in Asia were held in Sapporo, Japan.
  • In 1984 – Challenger 4 was launched as the tenth space shuttle mission.
  • In 1988 – The House of Representatives rejected President Reagan’s request for at least $36.25 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
  • In 1998 – Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker. She was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
  • In 1998 – In Italy, a U.S. Military plane hit a cable causing the death of 20 skiers on a lift.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.

  • Horace Greeley,  1811 – Newspaper editor
  • Gertrude Stein 1874 – Author, poet
  • Norman Rockwell, 1894 – Artist
  • Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd 1904 – Bank robber
  • James A. Michener, 1907 – Author
  • Joey Bishop, 1918 – Comedian
  • John Fiedler 1925 – Character actor
  • Art Arfons 1926 – Former ‘world Land Speed holder’
  • Shelley Berman, 1926 – Comedian
  • Emile Griffith, 1938 – Boxer
  • Fran Tarkenton, 1940 – NFL quarterback
  • Blythe Danner, 1943 – Actress
  • Melanie 1947 – Singer/songwriter
  • Morgan Fairchild, 1950  Actress.
  • Nathan Lane, 1956 – Actor
  • Michele Greene, 1962 – L.A. Law
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