11/22/17: The Beatles “In My Life”
John Lennon wrote “In My Life” when he was only 25 years old. Sure, it was credited to Lennon & McCartney just like all the other Beatles songs, but John was the one behind this. Paul helped with some of the music, but make no mistake, it was John’s creation — and what an insightful creation it was! The older I get, the more I appreciate this song, and to think that he wrote it when he was such a young man is mind-boggling to me.
The song is on the Fab Four’s “Rubber Soul” album, released in 1965. It’s #23 on Rolling Stone’s list of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” It’s #5 on their list of “The Beatles Top 100 Songs.” In a catalog like that of The Beatles, it’s pretty hard for a single song to stand out as “the best.” One thing that makes “In My Life” unique is the instrumentation. George Martin played the piano solo and, yes, it’s a piano — although it sounds like a harpsichord. They achieved that sound with some tricks in the studio. Lennon said he wanted something that “sounded Classical,” and that’s very much the vibe he got. As you’d expect from Lennon, the lyrics are downright masterful:
“There are places I remember. All my life though some have changed.
Some forever not for better. Some have gone and some remain.
All these places have their moments. With lovers and friends I still can recall.
Some are dead and some are living. In my life I’ve loved them all.
But of all these friends and lovers there is no one compares with you.
And these memories lose their meaning, when I think of something new.
Though I know I’ll never lose affection for people and things that went before.
I know I’ll often stop and think about them. In my life I love you more.”
The usually sarcastic and acerbic John Lennon had his sentimental hat on that day, because a sweeter song than this has never been written. It’s just in time for Thanksgiving too, a day set aside to spend some time with the people you love. All you need is love, and nobody says that better than The Beatles.
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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November, the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.
At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!
The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!
Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!
Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!
You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!
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AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!
Sign-up at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com, or call 919-338-1011.
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