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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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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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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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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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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:,1413,212%257E23497%257E2778115,00.html

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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