There are some songs that just stand the test of time, and “American Pie” is one of them. It was released in 1971 when I was around seven years old. Many of you may remember the old 8 track players that came out in the sixties? Well I had a portable one that I can vividly remember blasting this song on.
It is an unusually long song for nowadays, but the lyrics are simply poetry to listen to. For some reason, I rarely listen to older music; I have always enjoyed new artists so imagine my surprise when my oldest daughter, Taylor, asked me around 2009 if I ever heard this song before. I told her yes and as we traveled to various colleges to visit, this song became a connection for us. When the trip was dragging on or the disappointment over a college she had looked forward to hit, we would look at each other and say “Bye, Bye American Pie.”
Even though the lyrics are melancholy, this song brings a smile to my face every time I hear it. I am reminded of myself as a little girl playing it on my 8 track player, and I can think back to this special time with my daughter. She has graduated from college now, but I know that she still has this song on her play list and so do I.
Although there may be different songs for different people, some songs will stay with us until our last breath. They each serve the same purpose; they simply have a way of healing and connecting people. Even if I tried to forget them, the lyrics would stay ingrained in my brain, and a grin will appear on my face whenever I hear “A long, long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile” even when I am feeling low.
All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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