Yup, American Pie by Don MacLean. It was $2.69 when it was freshly released in … 1972. We were living in Mt Prospect, IL and I crossed the busy street near my school, I was only 10 at the time, and bought it myself before heading home. When I got home I played it on one of these:
I was listening to the title track and his arrangement of Babylon today and thinking about how well they still hold up. Vincent was another hit at the time and has been covered by several artists more recently. A note for those who may not know it: the song Killing Me Softly With His Song was written about MacLean.
MacLean never matched American Pie’s success, but not many other artists have created even one classic so don’t hold that against him. 🙂
Last night, February 1st , we saw pipers, drummers and dancers from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the US at Benaroya Hall in Seattle WA. The show is an annual thing and benefits the Celtic Arts Foundation and the related Winter School Programs. The foundation also sponsors other events including Burns Night, St Patrick’s Day, events at The Highland Games and a Scotch Tasting. Fred Morrison’s Kansas City Hornpipe including his funny story about the Newark Howard Johnson’s, John Scullion’s drum solo and Laura Risk’s Fiddle solo were real stand outs for me, but the entire show was excellent and all the performers and audience seemed to be having a great time. I have an extra copy of the very informative concert program that tells all about the performers and sponsors and also has a lot of historical information as well, just drop me a line if you’d like to borrow it. The show was great and I can’t urge you more strongly to get there next year!
I am amazed at the way memory works, or doesn’t as the case may be. I had a demonstration of how mine works today while I was driving to Weaving Works to pick up a part for my loom. A tune started up on the radio and I quickly recognized the Sorcerer’s Apprentice but then couldn’t remember who the composer was. I was pretty annoyed with myself since this is a pretty distinctive piece of music and an image of a Cardassian from Deep Space 9 kind of appeared in my head. Well, the first thing I thought was ‘no, it isn’t Alaimo‘, the actors name, but then thought, ‘Ah, the character is Gul Ducat and the composer, Paul Dukas.’
I gave thanks to Hermes and just sat amazed at how this stuff all just floats around on the old internal hard drive and surfaces when there is a connection to be made to some other piece of information, like the way I got an image that was actually a representation of sound, whew. I’ve spent the evening watching this clip from Fantasia and chuckling to myself about a Cardassian composing it. >^..^<