Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

— Robert Frost, 1923


Table of Contents

Memento Mori

The Buddy Holly Story (is the perfect dramatic story)

Ready! Set! Go, man, go! (impulsivity)

Memories  (about my own failing memory, cultural memory, emotional memories)

“What if you died tomorrow?” (lessons from Buddy’s life)

Learning the game (Norman Petty)

You were meant for me (music and emotions)

Time goes by, I’ll still remember you (preserved in amber)

That’s my desire (memorabilia collections)

Does it matter anymore? (no matter how much we love Buddy, he’s still gone)

Memento Vivere (reminder of life)


Memento Mori

Buddy Holly taught me how to mourn.

When I was 15, my father—who grew up in the 1940s and ’50s—introduced me to the music of Buddy Holly. All I knew about Buddy was from the execrable film The Buddy Holly Story, which I had seen on cable a couple of times years before. The only thing I remembered from it was …