Skip to comments.'American Pie' singer Don McLean says music no longer exists because of 'nihilistic society'
Posted on 04/11/2020 9:01:29 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Don McLean, the 74-year-old singer best known for his 1971 hit American Pie, says he is not impressed with the music of today.
The singer-songwriter believes times have certainly changed since his early days in the music industry, and hes claiming there is no longer music of substance when he turns on the radio.
The folk-rock singer sat down with Tom Cridland for his YouTube series The Greatest Music of All Time to reflect on his musical career highlights. During the candid conversation, McLean partially discusses his political views, claiming that politics no longer really mean anything, and he likened it to drastic shift hes noticed in music.
The music doesnt mean anything. The music reflects the spiritual nature of the society. We have a kind of a nihilistic society now, McLean told the host. No one believes in anything, no one likes anything, no one has any respect for anything much. The music shows that. [ ]
The singer-songwriter added that todays catchy songs involving notes and choruses repeated over and over again end up becoming drummed into your head or makes you want to hang yourself.
Its not a hook, he said.
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What did he do besides “American Pie?”
Starry Starry Night.
Has he not heard of satellite radio?
Nothing like this today.
He’s 100% right. Ive been saying it for 15 years. Music just doesn’t have Melody anymore. Its just noise
Do you believe in rock and roll? Can music save your mortal soul? And, can you teach me how to dance REAL slow?
Yes, I know all the lyrics. :)
There has been no real good rock and roll music since the mid-’80’s in my humble opinion.
The music died. Never been the same since Buddy Holly.
Don, with all due respect, by virtue of reading your utterances, you have no clue what's happening in the world of music today. This is likely because you won't get off yer azz and check out music right down the street (I mean, prescinding from Coronavirus).
I've said this repeatedly, the best chance you have of realizing how wrong is Mr. McLean, is to go down to your local bar/live music hole, spend $10 and catch 5 unsigned acts. Two of them will suck, two will be ok, but one of them will blow your socks off. Buy their CD...buy a tshirt...capitalism and creative lyrics and hooks and bitchin' playing is right in front of your nose.
Anyone whining about the current state of music...talk to me after you've bought 5 albums from bands with players under 30 years of age and seen 15 live unsigned act. Until then, you're part of the problem - and acting just like the MSM who live in NYC and don't understand how Trump got elected because, like, all of their friends voted for Hillary.
Can’t stand his one hit wonder, but he is right
1960’s: An incredible amount of great stuff
1970’s: The Greatest Music decade in the history of mankind
1980’s: An incredible amount of great stuff
1990’s: Some great stuff
2000’s: A catchy tune here or there
2010’s: Crap, and nothing but more crap
Old guy thinks music of today sucks.
Rinse repeat for the last 70 years. At least.
I think there is good music today.
The thing about music is that most of it is trash when it is modern. As time passes, however, the good stuff stays around and the rest is forgotten.
We sometimes listen to Casey Kasem’s show. Most of the time, I don’t recognize even the number one hit of decades ago, because it just wasn’t that good or memorable. The good stuff, like American Pie, lasts. Twenty years from now, people will be asking why no one writes music like they did back in the 2020s.
Which no one could figure out the meaning of.
A lot, you are just not aware of it. An album called “Homeless Brother” was fabulous. He never made it big again as with “American Pie,” but he was and remains very talented.
Wonderful baby, Castles in the air, “The Legend of Andrew McCrew” are all fabulous. If you have never heard “wonderful baby” you are missing a beautiful song. Done with the cooperation of Fred Astaire. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJJYVJ-Ae6M
His standard answer to "What does it mean?" has been "It means I'll never have to work again."
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