Arts History Update for early February 2015

30 Jan

Arts History Update for early February 2015 by David Cummins

Tuesday February 3 is the 56th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death in an airplane crash near Clear Lake Iowa on his way to a Fargo Minnesota venue for the next concert in 1959. That woeful day has since been named The Day the Music Died and it occurs again at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock with free admission to the Center from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, free admission to the adjacent J. I. Allison House [house in which the drummer Jerry Allison grew up and in which Buddy wrote and experimented with songs], and free trolley tours leaving the Center at 1:00 and 3:00 pm for significant sites in Lubbock for Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holley whose surname was mis-spelled in publicity early on and he just performed under how it was spelled Buddy Holly. At age 22 he is frozen in time 1936-1959 and we see images of him in our minds as we walk the streets of Lubbock, forever and always a young thin raw-boned badly sighted musician playing a not as yet popular for most people rock ‘n roll music in a fresh and vibrant way. Grant Speed’s sculpted bronze statuary in the Walk of Fame monument west of the Buddy Holly Center is that likeness.

A planetary star figure like Paul McCartney came to Lubbock in 2014 and performed at United Supermarkets Arena. When he took the stage he once again spoke about the iconic Buddy Holly who with his band The Crickets so influenced those Liverpool England lads that they named themselves The Beatles and played Buddy’s music and his style of music.

Buddy’s playing of his music stopped in 1959 but his music never really died nor will it, since it entered into the history of popular music. I have audio cassette tapes and re-mastered CDs and occasionally play them, some songs almost becoming anthems like That’ll Be The Day and Peggy Sue. We are indebted to that young musical genius. A Buddy Holly hologram will tour Texas in 2016 along with playing of his music so that people can experience a visual image of Buddy while listening to his music.

Desiderius Erasmus 1466-1536 was an early Renaissance humanist, scholar, philosopher, Catholic priest and critic of irrationality and inconsistency within establishments. He visited Rome but spent most of his time in Rotterdam The Netherlands, the city of his birth, Paris France, and Oxford England. The Praise of Folly (circa 1509 an epistle or letter to his friend Thomas More mostly written while they were traveling in England together) free e-book , Translation of Christian New Testament into Greek (1516) had the desired effect of enlisting great interest by scholars of Classical (Greek and Roman) knowledge with an emphasis on trying to discover morality and ways of understanding between seemingly disparate peoples. When the Protestant Reformation, through Martin Luther, erupted in 1517 it was Erasmus who participated in intellectural debates over questions of human nature, free will, religious doctrine, and Protestant ideals while at the same time opposing radicalism. He remained loyal throughout his life to the Church of Rome but protested any forcible or violent reaction by it against reformers.

It’s instructive to compare the personal histories of Erasmus and Luther, both having gone into Augustinian monasteries at an early age and left having experienced something they wanted not to experience again, both made trips to Rome where Luther found corruption and venality but Ersasmus didn’t. Neither was a radical or easily countenanced radicals. If Luther had awakened from his grave a century later he would have been shocked to discover a Lutheran religion.


by Laird Hunt

An extraordinary novel about a wife who disguises herself as a man and goes off to fight in the Civil War.

She calls herself Ash, but that’s not her real name. She is a farmer’s faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Neverhome tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.

Laird Hunt’s dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home?

In gorgeous prose, Hunt’s rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.

When one thought that all the novels that could be written about the Civil War had been written, along comes this new one that offers a new perspective.

Possibly more important is Don H. Doyle, The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War (Basic Books 2014) 362 pages where we read about the impact of the American Civil War in other nations, and thus we learn the context of the Civil War not just in America, with which we are so familiar, but its wider context. Accordingly, it tells us much about Americans both Union and Confederate who were well aware of the history of other nations and their current concerns. Indeed, both Union and Confederate partisans sought to shape responses by other nations so as to influence the outcome of the Civil War. $22.43 hardcover $16.19 e-book $20.63 ABE Books new.


Students at Texas Tech may learn directly about what is happening in the border area of El Paso Texas by using their Spring Break to have a Border Awareness Experience. This real life week away from campus is quite different from the mindless vacationing I performed “back in the day”.
Border Awareness Experience (BAE) with Annunciation House
El Paso, TX. March 16-20, 2015.

Apply now:
Annunciation House has been working in El Paso / Ciudad Juarez since 1978 operating houses of hospitality for migrants and refugees.
Annunciation House is an organization that accompanies the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. It has an all volunteer staff who place themselves among these poor so as transform their understanding of what constitutes more just relationships between peoples, countries, and economies.
The objective of the BAE is to facilitate face to face meetings and encounters between participants and people and groups on both sides of the border. It intends to raise consciousness about the issues facing the border such as immigration, economic development, human rights, and social justice. The BAE also educates North Americans about our role and responsibilities in today’s globalized world.
Cost: $150 (due March 2, 2015)
Pre-Trip Meetings:
Tuesday, February 3rd
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
215 Administration
Tuesday, February 17th
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
215 Administration
Tuesday, March 3rd
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
215 Administration
For questions regarding CALUE Service Breaks please contact the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement at (806) 742-1095 or
Comanchero Canyons Museum at Quitaque Texas is now open by appointment in a former Church of Christ building and the central space contains a caretta, a simple two wheeled oxen-pulled cart or open slatted wagon in which the comanchero carried the goods to trade with the Indians and carried back the bartered hides and other goods received from the Indians.


Animo Leadership Green Dot Charter High School (2013) in Inglewood California south of downtown Los Angeles east of LAX Los Angeles International Airport is in a tough southside neighborhood. Its new building was designed by Brooks + Scarpa Architects of Santa Monica California. While it’s hard to find innovation and cutting edge design in the Jayne Ann Miller Elementary School 6705 Joliet Drive Lubbock Texas that opened in January 2015, Animo Leadership is itself a leader

United Way of Lubbock’s Annual Report is online It raised $5,871,310 for the following supported agencies This level and quality of generosity toward the people who are served by these “community partners” agencies, is amazing.


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