Next on the Beatles’ playlist of indefinite length: “I’m Only Sleeping”
I have always loved this tune. It’s fun and irreverent, and most of us can relate to not wanting to get out of bed! I often assign it to young singers & accompany them on the ukulele or guitar, and it’s a big hit.
Check out the original on The Beatles’ Revolver, and listen for the brilliant George Harrison’s backwards guitar track!
The Beatles have long been one of my favorite pop song writing groups, and their tunes often lend themselves to jazz/cabaret arrangements. These two happened to be next to each other in my book, and in the same key, and quite by accident, I realized they fit well together. I have always loved For No One because of its direct yet strangely comforting language. Most of us have had a relationship end in a lopsided way, and there’s not a lot we can say except it hurts, and not a lot a friend can do but acknowledge that pain, which is so much better than saying “there are plenty of fish in the sea”.
Following it up with Fixing A Hole feels a little like moving on, figuring out a way to make what we *can* control a little better. Unfortunately, I messed up the words and I’m using a travel uke that doesn’t like to stay in tune, but I’m posting it anyway because nothing is perfect, and I had a lot of fun making the music.
In the midst of this trying time, as we move our teaching online and our performances are confined to our homes, yards and balconies, my websites were hacked. I used the *ahem* opportunity to start fresh, so here I am.
Wishing you all the best as you find your way in this new time, and know that I am here if you want to work or just chat about life and art and nothing in particular.