Quote of the Day:  I don’t care what color it is, I want to play my music my way. Buddy Holly from Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, North American tour.

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has brought in another outstanding musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, playing in St. Paul June 11-16. Buddy Holly’s short career as a performing and recording artist changed how people played, listened, and responded to music. He gave it a beat that you can’t sit still for. He gave it words that touch your heart, and he gave us songs that we’ve been listening, dancing, and making out to for decades. He had courage and heart. Watching his story play out on the stage at The Ordway last night gave me insight into the young man from Lubbock, Texas, who dared to do things his way. At moments, the auditorium was turned into his performing venues, like the Apollo stage in Harlem, 1958. We got a glimpse at what it must have been like for him to forge his own path and bring his songs to people across the nation.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story brings the young man back to life and shows us that the music lives on. We are inspired by the courage of other artists. We love to listen to their music and hear their stories. This is one musical that gives you everything you came for, and more, and is fun for the whole family. It shows the kids some history about the rock and roll culture, and brings their parents and grandparents back to the days when it was brand new. The actors who portray the legendary musicians of that time become their characters. Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and the Crickets are all there, as well as many sensational supporting members. I hope all of you can go. If you’re in the St. Paul, MN area, hurry and get your tickets at The Ordway! The rest of you, check their tour dates, or like them on facebook. Maybe they’ll perform in a city near you. And, if you’re feeling nostalgic, put on your old records, grab your sweetheart, and fall in love again.

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt:  What music was playing when you first fell in love?