Thursday, March 6, 2014

Don McLean

Album cover image from English Exercises

Don McLean is perhaps best known for a long ballad called American Pie and an apostrophe to Van Gogh, in which he discusses the artist's painting. The song is called called Vincent, after the artist, or Starry Night, after the painting.

In long-ago Kitimat, dressed top to toe in pale grey, I danced to American Pie, heard the line "Drove my Chevy to the levee" and wondered what a levee was. It was the first time I'd heard the word.

McLean is still on the folk circuit. In 2011 he performed at the Glastonbury Festival, and last year he toured the US, Canada and Australia.

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