The Day the Music Died? Mother Theresa dies… Princess Diana is laid to rest…

August 24, 2017 by  
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On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash shortly after takeoff, and inspired one of the most recognizable tunes of all time: American Pie (Bye, bye Miss American Pie), by Don Mclean – a song he says was inspired by his reaction to reading the account of the crash in the morning paper. Fast forward nearly 20 years to the morning paper for September 6, 1997, and one can only imagine the emotions evoked by the duel headlines: “The World Mourns Diana” and “Revered Mother Teresa Dies”. Two people – one young, one old… one living in abundance, one living in squalor… one with the soft skin of a new-born babe, one with wrinkles upon wrinkles… one incredibly rich, one overwhelmingly poor – yet both committed to making a difference in the lives of the needy… the infirm… the neglected… the destitute. In the blink of an eye, both passed into eternity, leaving a mantle just begging to be picked up by those whose lives they had touched.

What about you? What about me? Truth be told, we’re all just Candles in the Wind. What acts of kindness, goodness, and humble service are filling our days while our candles are still burning? Stirred emotions can be a salve for the soul if they lead to action. Have you picked up their mantel? Have I? Who among us is selflessly helping those who are unable to help themselves?

Yet another set of heart-challenging thoughts (questions) ran through my mind as my damp eyes leafed through the pages of The Arizona Republic (September 6, 1997), passed over the various images of Princess Di and Mother Teresa, absorbed the printed lyrics of The Candle in the Wind (by Elton John), and settled on the photo of the two, together, only months prior to their deaths:

What song does Mother Teresa get? Princess Di gets “A Candle in the Wind”, and the Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper get “American Pie”, but what about Mother Teresa? Who sings for her? And the 2nd question…

If February 3, 1959 is The Day The Music Died, then what is September 6th (or 5th), 1997? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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3 Responses to “The Day the Music Died? Mother Theresa dies… Princess Diana is laid to rest…”

  1. Actapublicurist on August 25th, 2017 9:11 pm

    Excellent questions, Guy…
    This post caught my eye as my fiancé’s sister actually became a sister in Mother Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity, and through this connection my fiancé also met Mother Teresa many years ago.
    I don’t believe it would have bothered Mother Teresa one iota that a pop song was never penned for her. She lived her life humbly, to serve others and the Church, not for personal aggrandizement. As a result of your post, I did a bit more research on Mother Teresa and found a great quote (just one of many) from her: ““Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
    So, to answer to your question: If February 3, 1959 is “The Day the Music Died”, then what is September 5th? I’d suggest “The Day Heaven Gained Another Angel”.

  2. GuyHeilenman on August 28th, 2017 11:29 am

    Thank you for the response – and I agree on all accounts. Thanks as well for sharing the quote. It is now hanging on the wall in front of me – hopefully, as marching orders. 🙂

  3. Rebecca Dean on November 16th, 2017 3:44 pm

    Princess Diana was so beautiful both inside and out. Such a lovely darling. Of course, what can be said about Mother Theresa that hasn’t been said? She was a saint of a woman. And who can forget the Day The Music Died? All of these were sad moments in history.

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