Songs You May Have Missed #399

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Don McLean: “Empty Chairs” (1971)

Having one gigantic hit song can be a mixed blessing for an artist.

It pains me to hear stories of drunken “fans” badgering Don McLean throughout his live concerts for the only song they came to hear, uber-anthem “American Pie”.

This guy was a gifted writer, capable of spinning a set full of thoughtful, diverse and colorful tunes for the patient listener. Trouble is, “American Pie” is the ultimate dive bar sing-along, and it must come at or near the end, otherwise McLean would play the rest of his set to a lot of…empty chairs.

If you like his hit single “Vincent”, this one should find favor with you too.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2012/04/05/songs-you-may-have-missed-69/

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 08:38:59

    What a pretty song, and such powerful lyrics. Reminds me a bit of Dan Fogelberg.

    Reply

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