La Bamba Boulevard by Bradley Denton

Published: 2013 in Rayguns Over Texas, although apparently it was published before. I just can’t figure out where.

Genre: ghost story

Setting : Hollywood Boulevard, near Buddy Holly’s 75 birthday

Interest: I was provided a copy of the anthology and I’m slowly reviewing all the stories in it.

Summary: Our narrator is in Hollywood for the first time ever to celebrate Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday and the presentation of his star on the Walk of Fame. While he’s wandering down the street, he is accosted by Ritchie Valens, who goads the narrator, as a Texan, to try something new and live his life. The narrator is sure Valens is just a huckster, and blows him off. However, the next day he changes his mind and tries a couple of new things in order to pay off his bet.

Final thoughts: This fits in the “sweet” side of ghost stories. Ritchie Valens is dead, but he maintains he lived more in his short life than the narrator has in his long life, and he challenges the narrator to really live his life. At first it seems as if the narrator will continue in his rut, but eventually he rises to the challenge, trying some new food and drink and actually singing in public.

Title comes from: Ritchie (and the narrator) sang La Bamba on Hollywood Boulevard

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