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[2001-5-13] Songwriter-Singer Don McLean (1945–)述略
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七年前,在一個特殊的時空情境,在2001-5-13,我編定兩片自燒音樂CD選輯《Songwriter-Singer: Don McLean (1945-)》。這是娛樂。

那天,在雙片裝CD盒的正面曲目紙內頁,我配合兩頁小方紙所能容許的最大空間寫了一篇小文章。也是自娛,有紀念性。如下:

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2001年三月,由“the Recording Industry Association of America”與“the National Endowment for the Arts”合辦的行內票選活動給出了一份兼顧唱錄歌手的“Songs of the Century”的排名,前五名依序是:〈Over The Rainbow〉(Judy Garland唱)、〈White Christmas〉(Bing Crosby唱)、〈This Land Is Your Land〉(Woody Guthrie唱)、〈Respect〉(Aretha Franklin唱)、〈American Pie〉(Don McLean唱)。長達八分鐘半的〈American Pie〉的作者是Don McLean。美國民歌復興之父Pete Seeger (1919-)很早就讚譽McLean為『the best songwriter since Bob Dylan』。Pete Seeger所曾經追隨過的美國傳奇遊唱歌手Woody Guthrie (1912-1967)是〈This Land Is Your Land〉這首美國“地下國歌”的作者。

Don McLean在1945年十月出生於一個紐約市附近的中產家庭,從小喜歡唱歌,曲目膨脹的速度驚人,十二歲時曾經跟一位歌劇歌手學過聲樂,十五歲開始自學吉他,在高中校園裡就以彈唱娛眾出名,進了一所小規模的私立大學,課餘趕場(主要在咖啡廳),大學畢業之後就應Pete Seeger之邀上了一條“官船”為Hudson River的環境保護而遊唱。

雖然從沒上過作曲課,singer Don McLean至遲在大學時代就已經開始試著寫歌 -- 曲詞一手包辦 -- 自己唱。Songwriter-singer Don McLean在1968年私人錄製了他的第一輯歌,這一輯試聽錄音在被三十四家唱片公司打回票之後終於被一家小廠牌接受,在1969年六月正式錄製,發行則在1970年四月,銷路很差。McLean的第二張專輯錄製並發行於1971年下半年,從這輯錄音裡抽出的單曲〈American Pie〉和〈Vincent〉在1972年初都達到全球性的超級大賣,這帶動了專輯的走勢,Don McLean於是立刻成為國際超級巨星。

拒絕重複自己以迎合眾人的第三張專輯(1972年下半年)的銷路衹能說是過得去。McLean乾脆在1973年下半年推出一張專為顯示自己的唱奏功力的唱片,裡面的歌沒有一首是自己原創的,這張片子銷得更差。雖然在發行於1974年下半年的第五張專輯裡都是新歌,由於連著三張唱片在美國的銷路總是距離唱片公司老闆的期望太遠而且這個旗下歌手太不乖,McLean的合約唱片公司在1976年為他發行了一輯現場錄音之後終於把他甩掉了。另外一家唱片公司在1977年為McLean出了他的第六張錄音室專輯,裡面都是新歌,然而還是銷得不好,於是McLean又失去了唱片錄音合約。此後,McLean的日子基本上在奔走於美國內外的演唱會之間度過,而寫歌人McLean的新歌唱片衹是零星出現。

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McLean從一開始就是現場個人彈唱的能手。美國流行音樂界的吉他大師Eric Clapton曾經公開讚揚McLean是『a picker par excellence』。McLean所有的唱片錄音裡的吉他伴奏譜和主調吉他演奏都出於一己之手。他的嗓音澄淨甜美然而絕不軟弱,咬字吐音之精緻在英語(男)歌手裡如鳳毛麟角,詮釋表達功力一流。在二十世紀的最後二十年裡,McLean經常灌錄五十年代及更早的美國流行歌和耶誕歌,都銷得很好。作為一部超級現場點唱機,他的曲目在四十歲前後就已經增加到三千首左右。

1973年的葛萊美獎Record of the Year項目有兩個大熱門競爭者,其一是Roberta Flack所唱的〈Killing Me Softly With His Song〉-- 這位能以現場歌聲殺女孩子的男主角是McLean,另一是Perry Como所唱的〈And I Love You So〉-- 這首歌的作者是McLean;得獎的是前者。〈And I Love You So〉早已成為(英語國家)婚禮曲目中的經典之一,而它最受喜愛的唱錄版本至今仍舊是McLean的1969年首唱版。阿姆斯特丹的梵谷博物館自1973年開館以來就每天在進門處播放McLean唱的〈Vincent〉。音樂風格與McLean南轅北轍的美國寫歌-唱歌超級巨星Stevie Wonder把〈Vincent〉列為十首他最喜歡的歌之一。

McLean迄今寫了兩百多首歌,上面提到的三首衹不過是他歷來最出名的創作而已。茁長自美國文化傳統,songwriter Don McLean是美國精緻文化和嚴肅文化的驕傲,然而三十年來McLean在美國的人氣始終比不上在英國。美國世俗的承認來得很遲:白宮的千禧年音樂會邀請McLean出席表演、他的母校Iona University在2001年授予他名譽博士學位。

『It's a strange career I've had, I'm less successful than some people think I ought to be and more successful than other people realize. As far as music today is concerned, I fit in nowhere - and everywhere.』『I'm a soloist by nature, not a group person.』『I've never repeated myself musically. Each song is one-of-a-kind, on a subject I haven't written about before, excluding love songs. But hopefully I give those a different handle too.』這是McLean的夫子自道。

McLean的前六張錄音室專輯我在上大學的年代都聽過,在其後的二十多年裡他一直是我最欣賞仰慕的藝術家之一。就藝術論藝術,在英語世界裡,McLean是我所一貫認定的songwriter冠軍,而McLean之為絕對的songwriter-singer第一名這一點我絕不跟別人爭論。

McLean在十三年前與一位女記者結婚,育有一女(十歲)一子(七歲),家庭生活美滿。

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Songwriter-Singer: Don McLean (1945-)
All tunes, lyrics, banjo-playing, acoustic-guitar-playing by Don McLean unless otherwise indicated

Disc 1:
 1.  General Store / Don McLean, 1969 (1st album, song 2)   2:58
 2.  Tapestry / Don McLean, 1969 (1st album, song 4)   3:42
 3.  Orphans Of Wealth / Don McLean, 1969 (1st album, song 6)   4:34
 4.  Three Flights Up / Don McLean, 1969 (1st album, song 7)   5:48
 5.  And I Love You So / Don McLean, 1969 (1st album, song 8)   4:15
 6.  Bad Girl / Don McLean, 1969 (1st album, song 9)   3:38
 7.  Circus Song / Don McLean, 1969 (1st album, song 10)   4:48
 8.  American Pie / Don McLean, 1971 (2nd album, song 1)   8:35
 9.  Till Tomorrow / Don McLean, 1971 (2nd album, song 2)   2:14
10.  Vincent / Don McLean, 1971 (2nd album, song 3)   4:00
11.  Crossroads / Don McLean, 1971 (2nd album, song 4)   3:39
12.  Empty Chairs / Don McLean, 1971 (2nd album, song 6)   3:26
13.  The Grave / Don McLean, 1971 (2nd album, song 9)   3:13
14.  Babylon / Don McLean, 1971 (2nd album, song 10)   1:42
15.  Bronco Bill's Lament / Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 2)   3:39
16.  Oh My What A Shame / Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 3)   3:30
17.  If We Try / Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 4)   3:37
18.  The More You Pay / Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 5)   2:55
19.  The Pride Parade / Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 10)   4:33

Disc 2:
 1.  Mountains O’ Mourne / Don McLean, 1973 (Irish Trad., 4th album)   4:31
 2.  Love O Love / Don McLean, 1973 (American Trad., 4th album)   0:47
 3.  Bill Cheatham + Old Joe Clark / Don McLean, 1973 (American Trad., 4th album)   3:47
 4.  Over The Mountains / Don McLean, 1973 (American Trad., 4th album)   3:16
 5.  Happy Trails / Don McLean, 1973 (Music & Lyrics [1950]: Dale Evans, 4th album)   1:13
 6.  Winter Has Me In Its Grip / Don McLean, 1974 (5th album, song 1)   3:21
 7.  Homeless Brother / Don McLean, 1974 (5th album, song 3)   4:24
 8.  The Legend Of Andrew McCrew / Don McLean, 1974 (5th album, song 5)   6:03
 9.  Wonderful Baby / Don McLean, 1974 (5th album, song 6)   2:05
10.  You Have Lived / Don McLean, 1974 (5th album, song 7)   3:43
11.  Tangled / Don McLean, 1974 (5th album, song 9)   3:40
12.  The Statue / Don McLean, 1977 (6th album, song 2)   3:20
13.  Redwing / Don McLean, 1977 (American Trad., 6th album)   1:11
14.  When Love Begins / Don McLean, 1977 (1977 film “Fraternity Row”. 6th album, song 7)  3:32
15.  Color TV Blues / Don McLean, 1977 (6th album, song 8)   3:56
16.  Building My Body / Don McLean, 1977 (6th album, song 9)   3:14
17.  Fashion Victim / Don McLean, 1991   3:15
18.  1967 / Don McLean, 1991   4:23

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關於每句歌詞的確切指涉,大家猜到今天,Don McLean自己一直不置可否。

大家儘管猜,他保持神祕,這樣很明智~~~ ^@@^

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《美國派》歌詞手稿 3720萬元拍出
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美國69歲民謠歌手唐.麥克林(Don McLean)膾炙人口的經典歌曲《美國派》(American Pie)歌詞手稿8日在紐約佳士得拍賣會以120萬美元(約新台幣3720萬元)高價售出。

16頁的手稿是在1970-71年以鉛筆、鋼筆加上打字寫成,拍賣氣氛不算熱烈,最後由匿名買家收購。原先預估賣價達100至150萬美元。

《美國派》在1971年首度發行,長達8分36秒,各界對歌詞真正涵義一直未有定論。麥克林表示,希望這份手稿的釋出有助人們了解歌詞真義。他接受佳士得訪問時說:「我當年試著透過文字和音樂,捕捉難以形容的美國圖像。對嘗試浸淫在美妙音樂與美麗歌詞中的年輕作詞作曲人,我會說,三思你在歌中說的字字句句。」

《美國派》靈感來自麥克林1959年當報童看到美國搖滾先驅巴弟.哈利(Buddy Holly)空難驟逝這個頭條新聞時的心情,因而寫下「這天音樂死了」(The day the music died)這句歌詞。《美國派》在2001年獲美國唱片業協會與美國國家文藝基金會遴選為20世紀風雲歌曲第5名,2002年更榮登葛萊美名人堂。

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Songwriter-Singer: Don McLean (1945-)
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Don McLean 這樣說:"我在音樂上從來不重複自己。每一首歌都是那一類裡唯一的一首,題材都是我先前沒寫過的," 讓我這樣想:是不同凡響的話啊,很特殊的天性和天賦,且忠於創作本質( 我的意思是不同於製作── 先設主題,再設計去製作內容),真心流露的創作常是那樣子的。
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剛去聽了:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tRiPHhVcB70&feature=related    Vincient

原來是這首熟悉的調子(廣告片)。對流行曲不熟,機遇聽到好的,很欣賞。

好清澈又魅力的民謠風歌喉啊,歌詞真摯得讓人一再味。

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這是唱著美國派和梵谷之歌的Don McLean一夕爆紅之後的躊躇遲疑和自我警惕,是他的第三張創作專輯的最後一首歌。歌詞是他的心事表白,空寂落寞,心潮如浪。曲調配著歌詞曲折婉轉,但不是很出色。

本事這麼大的年青人,經過這麼艱苦的奮鬥才在商業市場上掙得與他的才份和成品品質相匹配的巨大成功,他的選擇是避開名利薰心的陷阱,徐行於向來蕭瑟處。在英語世界 -- 尤其是美國 -- 的大眾音樂圈,這種生物在他之前好像沒有,在他之後我不知道。 -- 在別的時空裡有沒有?應該有,但是我不清楚。

他應該事先或多或少知道他這樣拒絕被馴服的後果,他也嚐到了這個後果。

他後來說:『我的生涯滿怪的,我沒有像有些人所認為我該有的那麼成功,不過我比其他人所瞭解的更成功。在今天的音樂世界裡,我哪兒都不合適 -- 你也可以說我哪兒都合適。』『我生來是個單幹戶,不是個會跟人搭夥的人。』『我在音樂上從來不重複自己。每一首歌都是那一類裡唯一的一首,題材都是我先前沒寫過的,情歌除外。 -- 不過應該還好 -- 每一首情歌我都處理得不一樣。』

除了Don McLean之外誰說得出這些話來 -- 還能說得讓人服氣?! ^_^


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〈The Pride Parade〉那自豪的遊行
Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 10)
唱詞譯意:SCFtw2, 2008-8-9.


It started out quite simply, as complex things can do,
A set of sad transparencies 'til no one could see through.
像許多複雜的事情那樣,事情來得很簡單,然而光影迷離,像一疊哀傷的幻燈片,永遠沒有人能看透。

But least of all the one inside, behind the iron glass,
A prisoner of all your dreams that never come to pass.
但是至少裡面的那個人 -- 在鐵玻璃後面的那個人 -- 是所有的你永遠不會實現的夢想的囚徒。

Alone you stand corrupted by the vision that you sought,
And blinded by your hunger - all your appetites are bought.
你孤單地站著,被你所追尋的景象寵壞了,被你的饑餓弄瞎了 -- 因為所有你想吃的東西都被買來了。

But in spite of what becomes of you, your image will remain,
A reminder of your constant loss, a symbol of your gain.
但是不管你成為什麼,你的形影還是在那裡,那是你的長久失敗的標記,也是你的獲得的象徵。

{*Verse to be repeated}
And your friends are together,
Where the people are all gathered,
All along the road you traveled all your days.
在人們都聚過來的地方,你的朋友在一起,都沿著你向來每天奔忙的路。

And soon you have succumbed to what the others all believe.
And though the lie affects them still it's you that they deceive.
你很快就屈服於別人都相信的事。雖然他們被騙了,你才是他們打算欺矇的對象。

And all at once you're lost within the emptiness of you.
And there's no one left who's near enough to tell you what to do.
你突然失落在你自己的空虛裡,而且沒有人跟你距離近到能告訴你該做什麼。

You're left with nothing but your self-potential in the dark,
Like tinder resting on a rock, protected from the spark.
最後你一無所有,除了你的處於黑暗中的勢能 -- 像岩石上遠離火星的火種。

But your fire just consumes you, you alone can feel the pain.
And you stand in all your glory and you know you can't complain.
但是你的火在燒你,衹有你一個人能感覺到痛。你站在你全部的榮耀裡,而且你知道你不能抱怨。

{Repeat *}

But you are surely just as evil as the worst my tongue can tell,
For you'll never face my heaven and I'll not endure your hell.
但你當然正如我所能極力述說的那麼邪惡,因為你絕不會面向我的天堂,而且我不會長期忍受你的地獄。

You have lost the chance to mingle by your constant quiet lies,
Deceptions hidden with your lips, but spoken with your eyes.
你已經失去靠你恆常的無聲謊言來混世的機會,欺騙藏在你的唇舌之間,但是你用眼睛說出來了。

For I know you for what you are not for that's really all you are.
And your talents of a minor order seem to stretch too far.

因為我乃是經由你的實質而知道你,而不是因為你的實質的確就是你的一切。你那低微的才能似乎往外撐得太遠了。

And we both know that this masquerade can't carry on too long.
You're deep inside the pride parade, but where do you belong?
我們倆都知道這場化裝舞會沒法子繼續太久。你在那個自豪的遊行行列深處,但是你何所歸屬?

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〈The More You Pay (The More It's Worth)〉
Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 5)


The auctioneer said, I'm not through yet,
Here's a horse the likes of which you've never seen,
And the straw hats in the sun, with a face beneath each one,
Shown doubtful and the auctioneer got mean.
Do you think that you can find a horse like this every day?
I don't think there's any better on this earth,
And the more you pay, the more it's worth.

Then out she came, a snow-white mare,
Prancin' and dancin' in the silver sun,
They watched her from behind, as she did her bump and grind,
Walkin' naked, sad and graceful for their fun.
Oh how I wished I could afford that lady painted white,
A queen with high nobility of birth,
But the more you pay, the more it's worth.

My pockets hung with empty blues,
Silent heels were standin' on my growin' pains,
My bid was not too bad, two bits was all I had,
And the stable boy just handed me the reins.
Well the gallery went wild, and the auctioneer half-smiled,
What we don't sell we shoot or give away,
'Cause the more you pay, the more it's worth.

And where was the boy, who rode on her back,
With his arms holding tight 'round her neck?
How tightly he clung,
When they both were young,

And fate had not let this poor girl be so
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〈Oh My What A Shame〉
Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 3)


They were married in the old Church yard
And they promised to be true to each other
No matter how hard their lives might be
But like meteors that fell through moments parallel
They were soon to cross
And on different plots of earth they both did fall
Though their lives had really not been hard at all

Oh my what a shame
No one's to blame
It just happened that way
And there's nothing you can say
When two people say goodbye

Oh my……

Two brothers, promised they'd return
When the war that they were fighting was over
But only one lived to keep his vow
And the story I was told said he lived to be quite old
Before time won out
Someone asked if he knew what they both fought for
But he could not recall he had ever been to war

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For there's nothing you can say when it's over
And there's nothing you can do when it's done

There's no battle you can win
And there's nothing to begin
That's not begun

On this moment, I recall your face
And I wonder if you still think about me
Occasionally I still think of you
And I watch the river flow and I know I must let go
But it's oh so hard
For the waves are all around my small canoe
I had always hoped this boat could carry two

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Don McLean 在他演唱生涯創作生涯的最顛峰

我有幸能分享

正因為分享了最美好的一頁

所以我不會參與歲月在他的美好上刻下的痕跡

因為珍惜所以不去他這場演唱會

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〈Bronco Bill's Lament〉
Don McLean, 1972 (3rd album, song 2)


I coulda been most anything I put my mind to be,
But a cowboy's life was the only life for me.
It's a strong man's occupation ridin' herd and livin' free,
But strong men often fail
Where shrewd men can prevail,

I'm an old man now with nothin' left to say,
But oh god how I worked my youth away.

Well you may not recognize my face, I used to be a star,
A cowboy hero known both near and far.
I perched upon a silver mount and sang with my guitar,
But the studio of course,
owned my saddle and my horse,
But that six-gun on the wall belongs to me,
Oh god I can't live a memory.

You know I'd like to put my finger on that trigger once again,
And point that gun at all the prideful men.
All the voyeurs and the lawyers who can pull a fountain pen,
And put you where they choose,
With the language that they use,
And enslave you till you work your youth away,
Oh god how I worked my youth away.

Whoopee ty yioh
Whoopee ty yi ay,
One man's work is another man's play
Oh god how I worked my youth away.

You see I always liked the notion of a cowboy fightin' crime,
This photograph was taken in my prime,
I could beat those desperados but there's no sense fightin' time,
But the singin' was a ball
'Cause I'm not musical at all,
I moved my lips to someone else's voice.

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