Not so long ago, I was in Argentina with my cousin listening to some music and sharing what we’ve had heard recently, when we starting exchanging our thoughts about “Seven years” by Lucas Graham: she thought he was feeling lonely, I thought he was thinking over about how time flies.
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Songwriters and poets, unlike writers, like to do this; they like – from time to time – to leave us wondering what on earth were they trying to say. Allow me to give you a great example: a writer, making a statement about the world would say ‘This world we’re living in, sucks’; a songwriter, on the other hand, would say something like ‘There is a sphere of dust floating between things that have already died, and even though they shine by the time we close our eyes, we cannot help but feeling that … this world sucks”… Yeah, ok, not a great example, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
What a musician tries to tell us with a song is what I seek the most when I listen to music; perhaps it’s because I’m a writer and I believe there’s a powerful truth behind every written word, or maybe it’s just because I always want to get more from everything. Whatever the reason might be, there’s one thing I’m sure of: a songwriter has the gift of giving us not only a message but also the need to make our brain work a little harder, make our heart open a little wider.
‘American Pie’ by Don McLean – besides its encrypted message – has another jewel we can find in songs: a hidden fact… and why not call it also: a hidden truth that makes you feel you know everything about music when you tell your friends: “Hey, did you know this song talks about this?” If you don’t know what I am talking about, my ego is about to get a boost, and I thank you for it 😛
The song goes like this:
A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died
So bye bye, Miss American Pie …
You know it, right? Now, did you know that ‘the day the music died’ refers to an actual day? Back in the late 50s, the legend Buddy Holly died on plane crush along with two other musicians, J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens (who you might know for singing ‘La Bamba’ and turning the world upside down at the young age of seventeen). So, February 3, 1959, is known as the day that music died, and according to McLean it is also the end of the 50s era.
On April 2015, McLean’s ‘American Pie’ manuscript was sold for $1.2 million… I wonder if it contains some kind of decoding system for the song… Never the less, here is a very cool article on BBC where we can find all about the hidden messages and facts in the song of the century, and where I find that I have a long way to go before getting a boost when I talk about music.