Tribute to Don McLean: “Slice” by Five for Fighting

Don McLean is honored that John Ondrasik has written and recorded a tribute to him. “Slice” is currently enjoying airplay on radio stations across America.

From Billboard:

Five For Fighting’s John Ondrasik is hoping that “a slice of American Pie” will prove tasty enough to become his next hit single.

The song is the title track of Five For Fighting’s fifth album, “Slice,” and an optimistic Ondrasik tells that the song “has been getting the kind of response that ‘Superman’,” his 2000 hit, “had before it got on radio. People react to that song even though they’ve never heard it before, maybe because of the audience and the nature of the lyrics.”

“Slice” finds Ondrasik singing about “a long, long time ago,” before cellular telephones and the Internet, when a single song — in this case Don McLean’s “American Pie” — united an entire society. ” ‘Slice’ is for those of us who remember the day we all used to sing the same song,” explains Ondrasik, who co-wrote the song with “Godspell” and “Wicked” composer Stephen Schwartz. “We’ll see if the lyric is something that can transcend the masses or if just something like folks over 40 relate to it.”

He’s also curious to hear McLean’s take on the tune. “If the song finds its way out there, we’ll see if McLean reaches out. Obviously it’s a tribute to him, and every night I talk about his song in my show. We’ll see if he cares.”

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