When you think about it, it was a little strange that a fresh-faced kid like Don McLean made his name singing the 20 th Century's ultimate nostalgia piece, "American Pie." Barely 26 when the record became a smash, he was an unlikely conduit for such an outpouring of yearning for the past.
For writers, the value of a compliment lies not in the effusion of words, but in the source of them. Even the most modest statement of encouragement for the most minor effort, from the right person, can make your day and sometimes your decade.
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