Adam JRT 4 comments It would not be an over exaggeration to call John Lennon a visionary and a pure genius of musical prowess. In this same era, he created another gem of a piece of music, which is loved and adored and honored to-date.
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The song catalog of John Lennon and Paul McCartney stands as arguably the most celebrated in popular music history. Always a mercurial figure, his creative bursts ranged from highly experimental forays into art rock to songs that were moody and enigmatic, to more personal, introspective works that provided listeners with a glimpse into what the artist himself was really feeling.
It was difficult to pare the list down, but I finally settled on three compositions that show Lennon at his most introspective, and which provide excellent examples of his approach to writing a heartfelt song: I think it was Dylan that helped me realize that — not by any discussion or anything, but by hearing his work.
G, D, C, and F. This makes the D chord a suspended chord, often referred to as a D4 or Dsus4.
Whenever he uses the F chord, he makes it an F9 chord by keeping his pinky finger on the same G note. To provide variety, with economy, Lennon uses one of his favorite techniques at the end of the second and fourth verses to build up tension leading into the punchline and title of the song, which is repeated twice each time.
It is an attention-grabbing technique that adds an emotional punch. The rest of the group plays understated but perfectly appropriate background parts. Ringo adds a snare part tastefully played with brushes, as well as tambourine which John lennon an inspiration in on the second verse and stays steadily on what is essentially the backbeat for the remainder of this triple meter song.
In the brief choruses, he plays a single maraca to give added texture. George contributes a tasty, understated nylon string guitar part, which beautifully doubles the chorus melody an octave lower, adding subtle power to the title lyric. Remember, the Beatles had only four recording tracks available at this stage of their career.
Taken as a whole, the compositions and production vary widely — some might say erratically — mirroring the rifts within the group itself. Upon first listening to the tune, it stands out among Beatles tracks as it is features John playing and singing, albeit double-tracked, all by himself.
While starting a pop song with the chorus is hardly unique, he drops the second chorus in between the third and fourth verses and chooses to conclude the 3: He then slowly picks the notes which comprise the lovely C Major 7 chord to signal the end of the track. This upper common note, a G played with the pinky finger, ties together all of the chords used in the chorus and verse with one exception.
But it [the song] was sort of a combination of my mother and Yoko blended in one. It was recorded in only three takes and was the final song to be started for the White Album, with John adding the aforementioned double-tracked guitar and vocal to the final take.
It is the only Lennon solo recording in the entire Beatles catalog. Once again, Lennon stripped away artifice to simply tell his fans what was on his mind, addressing the non-stop questions he faced as to why one of the most famous musicians in the world closed the door on fame and walked away from the music industry for more than five years.
One reason was the fact that prior to his self-imposed break, Lennon had been going full speed ahead with his career, first as a Beatle and then as a musician and activist with Yoko Ono from He finally realized that taking a break would be beneficial to his own health and the well-being of his relationship with Ono.
Still, the decision was not a simple one. And walking away was hard. That working title provides a bit of a glimpse into the struggles Lennon faced with turning his back on celebrity.
He had come to truly appreciate his role as a house husband doting over his young son, Sean, who had been born in But you know, watching meself is like watching everybody else. And I watch meself through my child, too.
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Structurally, the song is straightforward, comprised of a four-bar introduction that repeats before each verse, an eight-bar verse, a five-measure pre-chorus and an eight-bar chorus. The pre-chorus, which builds tension, uses F, D minor, and G or G7 to set up the chorus. To heighten the sense of surrealism represented by the merry-go-round analogy, co-producer Jack Douglas invited a street musician, Matthew Cunningham, to come in and overdub hammered dulcimer to accompany the piano during each chorus.
A careful listen on headphones and a look at the credits reveals two electric guitars, a second piano, Hammond organ, plus various synth parts played on a Prophet V, drums, bass, percussion, and four background singers, who were used sparingly, heard only on the third line of each verse.
By hiring the top studio musicians of the day, Douglas, along with Lennon and Ono, who are all credited as co-producers, allowed the musicians to help shape the sound of each track.
For instance, session keyboard player George Small added the ascending French horn-sounding synth parts heard on each pre chorus that build that section so elegantly. Similarly, to add propulsion to the chorus, Small played an active, Beatles-y eighth-note string synth part under the chorus that echoes busy string parts from classic Beatles tracks.
He told me he was in a bar one night and was listening to a piano player and that riff just stuck in his head. So he had to have the riff on the end of it. This vamp or tag section really leaves the listener with the sense of Lennon not giving two cents for his previous pinnacle of pop supremacy.In our latest visit to the archives of Rock's Backpages – the world's leading collection of vintage music journalism – we visit John Lennon and Yoko Ono in New York in , just as they're.
After Lennon's death, further works were published, including Skywriting by Word of Mouth (), Ai: Japan Through John Lennon's Eyes: A Personal Sketchbook (), with Lennon's illustrations of the definitions of Japanese words, and Real Love: The Drawings for Sean ().
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