The main benefit to doing Beatles Covers, is that you invariably gain something when you attempt to learn and reproduce a song that you connect with. It's a way of digesting the emotional effect experienced as a listener -- to conjure it up in your own body, and maybe transmit it to others.
I will never know what it is like to be in John Lennon's shoes, but I do know what it's like to sing a melody that came out of his consciousness. . .and mouth. In this way, trying on the rhythms of a lyric can be seen as a way of literally taking on another person's phrasing and cadence. Of all the songs on the album, I have two favorites. One of them is "Julia." It's so simple and achingly beautiful, a sonic representation of that liminal space of light above / on top of / in the ocean. . .and of love (of course). It brought me shivers of pleasure to sing it.
There is a production mentality in life that you need to make stuff and market it and sell it and worry about packaging and getting the word out -- and then. . .AND THEN! There's the real experience of discovering stuff and getting to play with it, explore it, understand it, and embody it and inhabit the expressive possibilities of a song or life situation -- and the gift is in the process--yeah! the cliche is true! the process of life! and it's transcendent and ephemeral, and personal. . .and who gives a sh-t about the production of things, the relentless commerce--there's a communion in the arts because it's the medium of the soul. Oh brother. Did I just write that? I meant every word.
I set out to record an album of Beatles covers, but instead got covered in the light and shrapnel of John Lennon, George Harrison, et al.
Beatles Covers Are For Lovers
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