“We’ve got time for just one more song…”
42 years ago wasn’t “the day the music died” but it was the day that most encores and closing times changed forever. On this date (December 16th) in 1971, Don McLean’s hit American Pie was released. The 8-minute anthem of the Baby Boomer generation would go on to hit #1 a month later.
A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
If you’ve ever been in a bar or hanging out on a patio where an acoustic guitarist is playing, there’s a good chance they will save this one until the end of the evening. It’s a song almost everyone knows, at least partially, that usually gets the crowd singing along, swaying to the tune and raising their lighters or glasses in good cheer.
The other simple thing that attracts people to American Pie is the stories it tells. While not everyone knows all of the words, there are parts to the multi-versed song that jump to the tips of people’s tongues as soon as they hear the opening chords.
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died
McLean sang of Buddy Holly and, while not mentioned by name, references to Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin and other superstars of the 60’s music scene throughout the song. Over the years many people have debated the meanings of the lyrics yet the singer/song writer has never discussed his beliefs and intentions behind the lyrics. Perhaps this adds something to the song’s mystique and popularity.
What’s Your Encore Song?
As we get ready to hit “closing time” on the year, how many stories have you written about the experiences and service you have created with your customers and clients? What are you doing to leave a memorable impression on people so you remain at the top of mind and your name will be on the tip of their tongue when they, or someone they know, needs a reliable Realtor, lender or service provider?
It’s time to write the lyrics for what just might turn into something that will have others singing your tune for years to come. I might even have to add in my own lyric…
“You’ve got to stay focused until the year is done; Build relationships, solve problems and have lots of fun…”
And they were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
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