3970 cdd The Day the Music Died
Tuesday January 5, 2015
Volume 17 Number 003
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” NKJV
The Hippie Generation is arguably defined as 1962-1971. Ten years that changed a generation and ultimately changed the country. One of the anthems to capture the spirit of the times was American Pie by Don McLean in 1971. The song with its catchy melody has been present on the world airwaves ever since. The song/poem is said to relate to Buddy Holly, Vincent Van Gogh and Hopalong Cassidy. True as that maybe following is the story of how one brother (Doug) used this song to lead his little sister (Patty) to Christ.
My name is Pastor Doug Drucker and in the fall of 1971 I was walking past my younger sister’s bedroom. Out of the room emanated a familiar song which we both joined singing along with — BYE, BYE MS. AMERICAN PIE. My little teenage sister inquired of me as her older and the “wiser” one what the song was about. I sat on the edge of her bed as I gave her MY interpretation of the song:
A LONG, LONG TIME AGO
The disillusionment of the FREE LOVE movement had settled in on us as we sadly realized this world had no hope or answers to life’s pressing questions! I explained the only answer is eternal life with Jesus.
BAD NEWS ON THE DOORSTEP
The news and film footage of the carnage in the Vietnam War nightly on TV.
SINGING THIS WILL BE THE DAY THAT I DIE
Explained to sis the certainty of DEATH for us all! And at the time of death our spiritual choice would be made known for all eternity.
DID YOU WRITE THE BOOK OF LOVE, AND DO YOU HAVE FAITH IN GOD ABOVE, IF THE BIBLE TELLS YOU SO?
Songs first reference to the Bible! Asking what is this all about.
CAN MUSIC SAVE YOUR MORTAL SOUL?
The futility of secular music and the drug culture we were deliriously living in!
I WAS A LONELY TEENAGE BRONCIN’ BUCK
I — we were all lonely and broken! We once were bouncin’ bucks with optimistic expectations for our futures — but sadly they all failed.
NOW FOR TEN YEARS WE’VE BEEN ON OUR OWN
Depicts the hippie generation 1962-1971 searching for something! Not quite knowing what it was.
WHEN THE JESTER SANG FOR THE KING AND QUEEN,
OH, AND WHILE THE KING WAS LOOKING DOWN,
THE JESTER STOLE HIS THORNY CROWN.
THE COURTROOM WAS ADJOURNED;
NO VERDICT WAS RETURNED.
AND WHILE LENNON READ A BOOK OF MARX,
THE QUARTET PRACTICED IN THE PARK,
AND WE SANG DIRGES IN THE DARK
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.
All about Satan and the activities of his assigned demons to entrap an entire generation.
HELTER SKELTER IN A SUMMER SWELTER.
THE BIRDS FLEW OFF WITH A FALLOUT SHELTER,
EIGHT MILES HIGH AND FALLING FAST.
IT LANDED FOUL ON THE GRASS.
THE PLAYERS TRIED FOR A FORWARD PASS,
WITH THE JESTER ON THE SIDELINES IN A CAST.
The complete and utter hopelessness we felt as the Viet Nam War raged on — nuclear holocaust seemingly imminent and I well remember my dad digging a fallout shelter in our home. Add to that the brutal Sharon Tate murders sung about by the Beatles in Helter Skelter. Hopelessness was rampant.
Part 2 tomorrow!
Prayer: Father thank you that you have provided Jesus as the answer to hopelessness. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!