I know a lot of young fans and would like to introduce to you
a young actress from the UK, SIOBHAN DALY, a real Buddy nut.
Landläufig ist man der Meinung, alle Buddy Fans sind alt und grau. Ich kenne eine Menge junge Fans und möchte hier eine junge Schauspielerin aus Großbritannien vorstellen, die Buddy Holly sehr verehrt. Ihr Name ist SIOBHAN DALY.
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THAT'LL BE THE DAY
I can remember the first time I ever played a Buddy Holly record. I was a
child, way back in the 1980s, and I had raided my parents' vinyl collection
to find music to play on my brand new, first ever record player. A song
called 'That'll Be The Day' caught my eye and off I went to my room to
play this new treasure. I can remember sitting there and listening to music
like I had never heard before. What were these amazing rhythms? What was
this music that made me want to joyfully dance? Who was this man singing
in such a unique style? Why had I never heard this before or anything like
it? What gems had my parents been hiding from me?! In a world of 80s
techno sounds, the shock of hearing the brilliant harmonies and that pure
musical passion still sticks with me and thus began a life enriched by
the music of Buddy Holly.
I am a young British actress with a passion for Buddy Holly. I confess.
I love Buddy and his music. I can quite happily listen to the same songs
and albums over and over again, back to back, singing at the top of my
voice. My friends are not so keen but I am an evangelist and I love telling
people about Buddy, why he's amazing, why they should start listening
with new ears to his music as soon as possible.
I love challenging people with Buddy trivia. Where did the Beatles get the
inspiration for their name? What was the first song John Lennon learnt on
the guitar (via his mother's banjo)? Who wrote the Rolling Stones' first top
three hit? Who is the song 'American Pie' about (you'd be surprised how
many people don't know)? Who pioneered and popularised double
tracking, electric guitars, echo chambers, new musical techniques?
Who, who, who!
And seeing as I'm in a confessional mood, I don't mind telling my fellow fans
that I recently searched throughout London looking for a pair of glasses like
Buddy's. I studied photos. I set off on my journey. The nearest I could find -
and I was adamant about the front rivets - were RayBan Wayfarers. The
opticians tried to sell me Chanel, but I said absolutely not. I knew what I
was looking for. I had the opticians take out the sunglasses and put in
optical glass. They're great. I love the statement - I wear glasses and I'm
proud of it. My little sister wears glasses too. At first she was self-conscious,
but when she saw her sister wearing huge Buddy style frames she has
decided to be loud and proud also. While at her opticians, she was proudly
telling the staff about her big sister who wears Buddy Holly glasses and that
her favourite song is 'Everyday'. I know this as she often makes me sing it
to her. I feel so thrilled that a new generation is finding out about this
amazing man but also taking courage from him, even still.
Buddy Holly Glasses
As a creative person, I can't tell you how much admiration and respect I have for Buddy. Real creativity takes bravery, it takes people of strong conviction to stand up and make a difference. Buddy did this and he was so young. He didn't listen to the small minded, negative people. He followed his heart and changed everything. It amazes me when I look at modern performers to see how people are afraid to be different, but all major creative changes come this way, and Buddy was doing it over fifty years ago! I wish I could have experienced the impact of his music firsthand in the 50s. What a shock it must have been! I often think of Buddy before I perform or go for auditions. Sometimes I'm asked to play the guitar at auditions and I always sing Buddy. It's part of my evangelism and part of my inspiration. I've always got those roles.
Actress Siobhan Daly
I love the joy and excitement in Buddy's music. It's so fresh, it's so raw
and heartfelt. You can help but be drawn to that. If ever I'm feeling low,
I flick on a Buddy album. I'll be fine by the end of 'Rave On!', guaranteed!
I find it impossible to find a favourite track when I love so many. If I was
pushed, I might choose 'Moondreams', but there are just so many. Listening
to a Buddy album is like listening to a compilation of all my favourite music
in one place! Track after track is perfect aural delight. 'Everyday', 'It's
Raining in My Heart', 'Girl on My Mind', 'Peggy Sue Got Married', 'True Love
Ways', 'Oh Boy!' and there's more and more!
Even when Buddy didn't write the song, I always prefer his delivery. There's
just something about him that always makes me smile. He sings about things
we've all experienced - love, loss, romantic confusion, romantic anticipation!
- and always with a lightness of touch that you can't walk away from