Don McLean sold a slice of his American Pie as a healthy $1.2 million dollars changed hands at Christie’s Auction House in New York yesterday. ‘’A meagre crust’’ doters of the 70’s folk rocker might say who feel they have shares in this ‘’book of love’’ with its overspill of six poetic verses, reflective teachings and an overt reference to Buddy Holly, James Dean et al. In purchasing the American Pie manuscripts the anonymous recipient would apparently have the Don McLean mystery revealed to him as they climb into the legend’s head; engaging on a lyrical journey that goes far beyond the page. With closely shadowing digital piano scoring to accompany from the onset, Don McLean has ‘’The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost’’ to watch his music never dies.
Clutching At Bars
For some this folk rocker of yesteryear has kept us guessing for far too long but for me the writing has always been clearly on the wall when it came to the genius of Don Mclean. American Pie is a complete encyclopaedia of music and rhyme with electric piano and guitar strolling effortlessly alongside the enigma of it all; the manuscript may have changed hands but Don Mclean still has the mystery firmly in his grasp. From the ballad-style onset ‘’a long, long time ago’’ with its piquant keyboard scoring and poetic pauses – the music soon picks up the tempo lead by acoustic guitar as strum turns to a rhythm and blues feel in Verse 1:
C G Am C D
‘’You both kicked off your shoes, Man I dig those rhythm and blues–)’’
Don McLean Alive And Well
The chorus appears no less than five times with its energetic beat, clipped lyrics and reference to Buddy Holly’s rock ‘n’ roll classic of the 50’s:
G C G D G Em D7
‘’So, bye-bye Miss American Pie, Drove my Chevy’’ etc … ‘’This’ll be the day that I die’’
The jester, King and Queen are a few of the figures that add to this musical conundrum. Don McLean finishes his lengthy delivery with the withdrawal of the returning digital piano passage develops into a quiet whisper as the chorus is heard for the final time. The music may have died but he still has us eating from the palm of his hand as a slice of American Pie goes up for grabs.