I originally broke away from my duo to go solo about eight years ago and over those eight years, I thought I had perfected my act to be about as smooth and easy as it could get. Guess not. I stumbled upon a program that really lets me concentrate on the music and not on the organizing of my material. I’ll explain more about the program further down.
No, this article has nothing to do with the Ben Stiller movie of the same name. Last Saturday our local museum held a nostalgic display event featuring the rock and roll bands that originated from my hometown and the surrounding areas between the fifties and the eighties. A few weeks prior to the event most of us musicians received emails asking us to submit photos, thoughts, memories, memorabilia and even some vintage gear that they could display for the public. We all got name tags, which was a good thing since NONE of us looked like the photos on the wall that had been blown up to giant poster size.
As you may already know, The Beatles wrote a lot of their songs about real people who had come and gone from their lives over the years. Some I don’t need to explain, such as The Ballad of John and Yoko. It’s obviously about John and Yoko. But it also mentions Peter Brown, Brian Epstein’s personal assistant, who knew the whereabouts of all The Beatles at any time. There were many more people immortalized within the lyrics of their music. Let’s talk about some of the other names mentioned in Beatle tunes, such as:
When I play with my duo we do a song by The Righteous Brothers called “Unchained Melody.” Not particularly one of my favorites, but my partner can reach the notes, so we do it. It’s my job to create the lyrics sheets with additional information that we can share with the audience. When I researched this song I found that this version was considered the best, although not the first…or second…or even third or fourth. Nope, The Righteous Brothers release was the fifth version of this song. That got me to thinking about other such occurrences, such as: