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George Gershwin once said True music must repeat the thoughts and inspirations of the people and the time and I could not agree more Music is the gateway into ones soul Its ability to represent ones thoughts feelings and emotions makes for a naturalistic way of self-preservation One song that I feel is representative of true music is Don McLeans classic American Pie American Pie is considered to be true music in that it reflects events emotions and cultural aspects of America itself See Appendix for lyrics American Pie reflects events chronologically stretching two decades The first verse of American Pie starts off with the lyric Long Long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile American Pie was written in the early 70s which was a long time after the 50s which was McLeans favorite decade of music The 50s style of music served as his inspiration to become a singersongwriter His job prior to that was as a paper boy as written in this lyric but February made me shiver with every paper I delivered bad news on the doorstep I couldnt take one more step Some would say that the bad news on the doorstep would be news of the plane crash on February 3 1959 that killed McLeans idols Buddy Holly Richie Vallens and the Big Bopper Now for ten years weve been on our own places a setting for us McLean is attempting to look back on events that occurred after the crash and what has happened since He begins by making reference to Bob Dylan and how he has changed from the rebellious voice of the people moss grows fat on a rollin stone Dylan was also over taking Elvis popularity at this time oh and while the king was looking down the jester stole his thorny crown The Beatles began to gain popularity as well and their music was becoming more
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