Sunday, April 12, 2015

Notepad of original lyrics to "American Pie" sold, but meaning of song still unclear

The original lyrics for Don McLean's "American Pie" (including rejected and edited lines) fetched $1.2 million at a New York auction Tuesday (April 7). The buyer remains anonymous. As for the meaning to the song, Don said in the auction catalog, "Basically, in 'American Pie' things are heading in the wrong direction. [Life] is becoming less idyllic. I don't know whether you consider that wrong or right but it is a morality song, in a sense. I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this, so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was not a parlor game It was an indescribable photograph of America that I tried to capture in words and music, and then was fortunate enough through the help of others to make a successful recording." The catalog did say it was "fair to surmise" that "The King" was Elvis, "The Jester" was Bob Dylan and "Helter Skelter" refers to the Charles Manson murders.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Made In Alabama" CD

I wanted to make everyone aware of a new CD which spotlights the rich musical heritage of Alabama.  Tony Lumpkin, who most will remember played with the Bleus, put me on to this.  It consists of mostly original material by Alabama songwriters like Eddie Hinton, Wayne Perkins, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham.  All of the musicians, except one, are Alabama bred.  That one musician (not from Alabama) is 'Blue Lou' Marini, the saxophone player that most will remember from the "Blues Brothers" movies.

The killer songs are all well-produced right here in Alabama.  I urge everyone to give a listen.  For more information and song samples, go to

Friday, April 3, 2015

April Meeting

Our next meeting is April 19th. We gather at 2 pm for refreshments and music conversation. The business meeting is at 3 p.m. Visitors are welcome to drop by and meet us! We’re at the Homewood Library, located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, near Homewood Park. We meet in Room 110 in the lower level.

Please remember that Mike Shell and Terry Barnett who formed the Tempos are speakers at our May meeting and not this meeting.