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[20 Nov 2005|12:37pm]

I have an assignment for one of my courses which is to spend twenty minutes discussing any song, analyzing it, looking at symbolism and metaphor, and defending it as poetry. I really enjoy Don Mclean's music, and I think his lyrics are perfect for this assignment. The songs I'm looking at right now are "Sister Fatima," "Vincent," and "The Grave." Any help in analyzing what these songs are about and identifying sophistocated writing techniques within them would be appreciated. Also, are there any other songs you might suggest for this assignment?
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If I could say the things I feel, it wouldn't be the same... [02 Oct 2005|08:25am]

Don is 60 today! Happy birthday to him!


PS:Rearview Mirror comes out the 11th. =D
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Sheet music [09 Sep 2005|02:51pm]

Hi guys,
I just joined this community and I was hoping that someone would be able to help me out. I see that there aren't a huge amount of members, but any help anyone could give me at all would be great and I really appreciate it.

I've been looking for the sheet music for piano for American Pie and I've found so many places to buy it online, either in a book or as a download, but I don't really want to buy anything until I know that it's exactly what I'm looking for. I've seen a couple of fairly dodgy versions which aren't the sheet music of the actual piano part, but include the melody and a fairly boring accompaniment, whereas I would really love the sheet music of the piano part in the actual recording.
I was wondering if anyone here would be able to point me in the direction of somewhere to get hold of this, so I don't end up spending money on something I don't really want.

Thanks so much!
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[28 Jul 2005|03:18pm]

Go to Don's official site and there's a lot of new news there.

It seems that Rearview Mirror will be a collection of rare studio tracks, plus a new song, "Run Diana Run" and of course they're including "American Pie" on it (which I don't think is necessary but whatever).

The new track is supposedly a "sneak peek" at Don's album of new material, called Addicted to Black (the title song is GREAT, he played it at the concert), supposed to come out in 2006, as is his official biography. Hopefully this will all materialize! I'm excited! =]
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[14 Jul 2005|09:23am]

Don's new album (CD & DVD) will be called "Rearview Mirror" and it will be released in October!!!!

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News! [20 May 2005|10:19pm]

Hi, in case you didn't know, this is your moderator, wolf_tones.

Anyway, this is yoinked from Don's official site:

New CD & DVD - posted Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 09:39

Don McLean's new CD and DVD will be released by Hyena Records in August/September 2005. This will be a 35-year career retrospective featuring previously unreleased concert and studio recordings, "in a league with the Solo album and my greatest recordings of the 1970s," says Don. The DVD will include Don McLean rehearsing at home with the Jordanaires and his band in 1984. Also featured will be the rare Headroom video, produced in 1990. The material for this package has been assembled by Joel Dorn, who produced Don's 1974 album Homeless Brother.

Right now Don is recording a studio album of new songs and his Western Album, released in 2003, is being played widely on radio in a number of countries.

In August/September Don will be touring overseas in Denmark (his third time in concert there), Scotland, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Aside from the Irish tour, these are one-night bookings and there are no plans to embark on a full UK or Europe concert tour at that time. Even so his visit to Europe will last for nearly two weeks.
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[03 Apr 2005|12:21pm]

Well, I saw Don for the first time last Saturday in Cerritos, and I must say it was AMAZING. Just incredible. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures, but I'll post a review taken from his official site & my comments will follow. =)
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He completely blew me away. He came out there and DID NOT STOP for over two hours. It didn't seem like he wanted to go away. I sure didn't.
In the beginning, he said, "we'll even do a Madonna song," which seems like an old joke but it was still cute. The "Madonna song" was terriffic, it was at least thirteen minutes and he made us sing along. The 'reprise' mentioned in the review was after the original song finished, he said, "let's all sing the first verse again!" and we went right into it, followed with a few more choruses. I was afraid that was the end, but it wasn't, and I was thrilled. "Fashion Victim" and "Addicted to Black," which followed, were great. He then did "Headroom" which lead seamlessly into my favorite, "Dreidel." Dreidel was a lot different than the album version, as it followed the rock-y Headroom, so it was a little more rock 'n' roll. His country songs were great too, the other guitarist was really something. Tony Migliore was great, too, he's been with Don for who knows how many years and he is an AMAZING pianist. Pounded it all night long.
The most surprising segment was the blues. Don didn't change guitars the whole night, but the three Josh White songs sounded incredible. He was pickin' the blues on that guitar as loud as any electric. I'd never really heard him play in this style before and it added a whole new aspect to the show. He covered just about every classic genre.
Random things:
-He started off with "Maybe Baby," as the review said, and then before he went into "Fools' Paradise" he said, "I can play as many Buddy Holly songs as I want!" and seemed very proud of himself. Very cute. =)
-During "La La Love You", the line when he sings "...and this lover and the way I feeeeeeeeel," instead of having "feel" being an incredibly high note as it was on the record, he lowered it a lot but held it for god knows how long. He can really sing. I was surprised he didn't do "Since I Don't Have You," but I guess the show was tiring enough. =P
-Before his blues segment he talked a lot about New Rochelle and the woods next to his home, and talked about the TV shows being shot there, how it was the sort of east-coast Hollywood.
I'll try and look for some pictures online.

Oh, I also got a DVD of him they were selling--the "Starry Starry Night" PBS show. I think it was in 2001. I haven't had time to watch it yet, but when I do I'll tell you all about it. Anyone else have it?

Even a week later, I am still amazed. I hope to see him again. =D

Oh, also found an article written before the concert:

I like this quote.
"It's all a matter of being tuned in to life. To me, songwriting is a visceral art form, not an intellectual one. Things occur, certain things at certain times, and you just go with it. It's like a sense of karma, with jags where you're involved." He pauses. "Life is like a kaleidoscope, twisting the tube, shaking the broken glass, trying to interpret the new forms, what it all means."
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"the day the music died" [03 Feb 2005|04:56pm]

46 years ago, the event described in the first verse of American Pie occurred... Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP Richardson were killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.

bit of [rather sad] trivia for you all.
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some good news!!! [30 Jan 2005|07:15pm]

[ mood | yay! ]

Taken from Don's official website...
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bwahahaha!! [02 Jan 2005|10:24am]


Good thing you grew out your hair, eh, donny?
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[17 Dec 2004|07:05pm]

Which version of Castles in the Air do you prefer?
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[06 Dec 2004|06:24pm]

I forgot how much I adored Vincent.

Hard to forget.

As big a hit as it was, it gets NO radio play anymore. =( Le sigh.
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[06 Nov 2004|07:42pm]

I think Homeless Brother is one of Don's most underrated albums.

He uses a lot of wind instruments on that album. On Winter Has Me In Its Grip, he's got a flute, and on quite a few songs there's some brass in there, mostly trumpet. I dig wind instruments a lot. =D

I think my favourite song on there would be Great Big Man.

Haha, and if any of you have La La Love You, listen to the end and he says softly... "anywhere... except, uh..." and then you hear a dog barking. Cute.

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the hair! =D [31 Oct 2004|12:37pm]

[ mood | chipper ]


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[10 Oct 2004|07:12pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I should say you might find this interesting....


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Don McLean Pictures? [08 Oct 2004|02:39pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hey there!

Do any of you know of a site where I could find some good pictures of Don? I'm in need of some new icons of him, but I just can't find any pictures that I haven't seen before. I swear, I've searched Google high and low! Help, please?

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[02 Oct 2004|09:01am]


Happy Birthday, Don!!

fifty-nine today.  we love you!!!

If I could say the things I feel, it wouldn't be the same
Some things are not spoken of, some things have no name...
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love this song. read it; the lyrics are amazing, as always with him. =D [29 Sep 2004|04:42pm]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

The Pride Parade
Album: Don McLean

It started out quite simply, as complex things can do;
A set of sad transparencies 'til no one could see through,

But least of all the one inside, behind the iron glass;
A prisonor of all your dreams that never come to pass.

Alone you stand corrupted by the vision that you sought,
And blinded by your hunger all your apetites are bought,

But in spite of what becomes of you, your image will remain;
A reminder of your constant loss, a symbol of your gain.

And your friends are together,
Where the people are all gathered,
All along the road you travelled all your days.

And soon you have succumbed to what the others all believe,
And though the lie affects them still it's you that they decieve,

And all at once you're lost within the emptieness of you,
And there's no one left who's near enough to tell you what to do.

You're left with nothing but your self-potential in the dark,
Like tinder resting on a rock, protected from the spark,

But your fire just consumes you, you alone can feel the pain,
And you stand in all your glory and you know you can't complain.


But you are surely just as evil as the worst my tongue can tell,
For you'll never face my heaven and I'll not endure your hell.

You have lost your chance to mingle with your constant quiet lies;
Deceptions hidden with your lips, but spoken with your eyes.

For I know you for what you are not for that's really all you are.
And your talents of a minor order seem to stretch too far.

And we both know that this masquerade can't carry on too long.
You're deep inside the Pride Parade, but where do you belong?

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amen to this, mr. mclean! [12 Sep 2004|08:32pm]

[ mood | distressed ]

Fashion Victim
Words & Music by Don McLean

I hate fashion, I hate it with a passion
are you a fashion victim, are you a fashion victim
are you a fashion victim, I bet you are.

I see them on the video, they're wearin' fashion shoes.
They're singin' 'bout their troubles. They never paid their dues.
The rhythm's in the background, the fashion's in the front.
They tricked us out of music with this latest fashion stunt.


The candidate is handsome, he's wearin' tailored clothes.
He's following the pollster everywhere he goes.
His teeth have all been straightened, his hair is very full.
His stupidity is hidden by this image-making bull.


School is just a showcase where fashion children go.
As long as they look cool, there's little they should know.
Ideas have no power when people cannot read.
Fashion can go sour, it's not cool to be in need.


How did the land of Jefferson, how did the land of King
become the land of hamburgers and raisins that can sing?
Roosevelt was cripple, Lincoln was a geek.
They'd never get elected, their clothes were never chic.


anyone have this song? it's on the album prime time, which I'm looking everywhere for.

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biography?!?!?!?! [24 Aug 2004|02:50pm]

[ mood | YAY! ]

Apparently someone is writing Don's biography and it will be authorised!  It should be ready in a few months... here is where I found out, in the discussion forum on his site...

I can't wait to read it!  Agh, hopefully it won't be too expensive.

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