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  • Mail Music Monday: the Beatles cover Buddy Holly

    What a struggle I had coming up with today's Mail Music Monday. I tried finding songs that mentioned mail and other timely topics — football, Groundhog Day, The Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly — all to no avail.

    I started looking at other notable events in the month of February and after slipping down the rabbit hole I finally popped back up with nothing. So I took an overnight break. Then I got up early and tried again. Again, nothing seemed right. I took another break.

    I decided to give it one more go and guess what? I am pretty excited about this bit of mail music. It seems appropriate to note that today is the anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of three rock'n roll pioneers, one whom was Buddy Holly. He had a huge influence on musicians including the Beatles.

    Sunday, February 9 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and the start of the British Invasion. All those little bits of trivia that I collected on my trip down the rabbit hole began to come together. I found a recently discovered clip of the Beatles doing a cover of Buddy Holly's “Words of Love” but that song does not mention mail. The Beatles have a lot of songs that mention mail and in years past, I've used various versions of Holly's “Mailman Bring Me No More Blues”, including one by John Lennon.

    But after seeing and falling in love with the video made to go with the Beatles cover of “Words of Love” I did a little more digging and I found a “making of” video! It's not my typical Mail Music Monday post but in the ‘making of' video, they used some Beatles mail music, ending it with “P.S. I Love You”.

    Surreal and whimsical and just plain fun is how I describe it. And it's such a nice way to honor Buddy Holly today. Not in a morbid way but rather in appreciation for how he continues to inspire, not just great music but great art. I hope you will watch the making of video and then enjoy the video itself.

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