Tick Tock Tuesday (19 May 2020) – Buddy Holly

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.

The thing about Buddy Holly is that not only do I like his music, but he was one of my dad’s favourites too. My dad would’ve been a teen when Buddy was around, and I know how influential music can be at that age. When I was a boy, my dad would sometimes disappear into the next room on the pretext of sorting some bills (most likely, just to get away from me for a while), the door would close and I would hear his music from the other side.

I have a big regret in life that I never really got to know my father, man-to-man. We could’ve rapped about how my mother henpecked him! He was around when I was growing up, but I couldn’t wait to get out and make my own way in the world, and before we knew it, he’d developed early-onset dementia. When I finally was able to introduce him to my daughter, he never really understood that this was his granddaughter. In the end, he actually outlived my mother by six months – while there was no indication that he even recognised her by then, it has always haunted me that perhaps one of the reasons he gave up was because her visits stopped, and that mine were just no substitute.

His two favourite artists were Jim Reeves and Buddy Holly. I’m sorry, but I always loathed Jim Reeves. Buddy Holly, however, was different, and he became one of my own favourites.

My choice was recorded in New York City, just 3-4 months before Buddy’s death. It was to be his last recording session, and this track was released postumously. It was innovative just for Buddy’s use of the Dick Jacobs Orchestra in this session, new ground to mix rock’n’roll with more traditional instruments.

So this one is actually one of my dad’s, which became one of my favourites too, True Love Ways.


  1. Such a romantic song. I love what sounds like a clarinet and a harp in there. I know how my mind wanders when I listen to romantic music. I wonder where (or who) your dad’s mind wandered to when he listened to this song? Earlier times when he and your mom were young? Sorry you never got to know your dad as a man before his dementia set in.

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