Fading away into the Fourth

Like many others, I’m sliding into an early start on the holiday and won’t see you again until next week.

But I wanted to leave something to help you get into the spirit and what better way than “Rave On Buddy Holly,” a new tribute to the late rock legend with 19 tracks by the likes of Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Cee Lo Green, She & Him, My Morning Jacket, Kid Rock and Graham Nash.

Thanks to NPR, you can listen here to either the entire album or the individual tracks.

My favorite Buddy Holly song is “Not Fade Away,” and I enjoyed Florence and the Machine’s original percussion-driven take on the tribute album.

That got me sifting through other versions on YouTube and I found the epic rendition by the Grateful Dead as well as covers by the young Rolling Stones who made fireworks with their music, the geriatric Rolling Stones who rely on fireworks in lieu of the music, The Byrds and Bruce Springsteen, among many others.

But when it came to picking my favorite, nothing said summer to me more than Patti Smith at the Santa Monica Pier. Enjoy.

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2 Comments on “Fading away into the Fourth”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Nice find. Just bought the Buddy Holly tribute album on Amazon ad will listen to it through the weekend. Have a great 4th.

  2. Will Says:

    You can’t leave before you comment on Abs’ power play on the teachers’ union. One on hand, it’s Abs being heavy handed again. On the other hand, it’s kind of nice he’s standing up to unions. But I cringe that it’s teachers that get the shaft, which trickles down to students.

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