The day the music died

I take pebbles from the shore and throw them one by one into dying water. From across the bay I hear music playing from an open window.

Just like last summer when music mattered still, when you smiled, said yes and took my hand. When sunshine glittered from the waves.

Last night you called from Addis just before you boarded for the last flight to Nairobi.

“Hi, I’ll call tomorrow morning, we have many things to accomplish tomorrow”, you had said.

Your mother called at three AM and time stopped.

The water here is flat because today the music died.

As soon as I saw the picture I thought about the song by Don McLean “America Pie” or “The day the music died”, and of course the accident with Flight 302 the other day has influenced my thoughts.

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March 13, 2019

66 responses to “The day the music died

  1. What a beautiful piece of writing!
    I could see the threads even before you pointed them out. You wove them in beautifully.
    And of course I sang along to the chorus with Don M. (OMG wasn’t he YOUNG?)

  2. Accidents happen. I think rather of the three who died: Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Richie Valens rather than the plane full of people. You did a good job of weaving in the old accident and the new.

  3. Oh my gosh, this is the saddest thing ever! I’ll take your hand. Grab your guitar, and let’s start a band. It’s never too late to make your own music.

  4. Putting faces and stories to victims makes them real, makes the numbers we become numb to as horrifying as they should be. Fictional or not, you did this perfectly, a homage to all the victims.

  5. Clever to tie those two tragedies together, for the music dies in somebody whenever these awful things occur. They don’t have to be famous or successful, just loved. Sad but wonderfully written Bjorn

  6. A beautiful story woven around another shocking tragedy. There have been too many tragedies. I’d like more beautiful stories instead.

  7. Even after all these years, “American Pie” is one of my all-time favorites. So many lives ended abruptly. All the hurt and pain–and no chance for goodbyes. Beautifully written, Bjorn. This is my favorite of the week. Outstanding.

  8. This is such a fitting piece and tribute to those who died recently in tragic events. Both the Ethiopian airlines and Christchurch. I’m sure the music has died for so many people.

  9. A beautiful tribute to this recent tragedy. Tragedies like this, with so many lives lost, are difficult to wrap the head around but your story does that in a way that really plays the hearts strings. Perhaps, someday in the future the music will play again.

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