What do you think of the famous Don McLean's song, "American Pie?"
I first heard it when I was still living in the old Soviet Union, and back then, I did not understand its lyrics (not that I did not know any English - I just failed to grasp the context and the meaning of the lines...). Later, when I was a young postdoc in the USA of the 1990's, it suddenly hit me like a load of bricks. So much emotion over some really essential moments of our growing up, our "dancing in the gym," our becoming fascinated with the "jester" (Bob Dylan?), with The Beatles, with "the girl who sang the blues" (Janis Joplin?), and with the various others who fascinated us... and eventually with "the three... (we) admire the most..." And this unique mix of the youthful joviality and the upbeat-ness and the true sadness over something that truly "died" (in that American Pie plane crash or otherwise), and over something about which only "the children screamed, the lovers cried and the poets dreamed..."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZszDTZKs_ghttp://www.lyrics007.com/Don%20McLean%20Lyrics/American%20Pie%20Lyrics.html