Every once in a while when delivering a presentation I get the feeling of hitting a home run - that the program and its delivery are so authoritative that I simply cannot do them any better. Up until yesterday, I had that feeling for just one of my 18 Beatles programs: "The Beatles: Band of the Sixties", as will be delivered tonight at 7pm in the Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm Street, Prospect Heights, IL. (I've also felt it a few times while teaching my Just Once Piano seminars.) And although I didn't actually get that feeling at the premier of "Let it Be: The Beatles, January 1969" last night, I did get the feeling of that potential. A few revisions and one or two more bookings to hone the delivery and "Let it Be: The Beatles, January 1969" will likely rival "Band of the Sixties" as my best work.
Curiously, the program is also the least musical of all my Beatles presentations. I pride myself on focusing my research and analysis efforts on the Beatles' music itself (as opposed to most Beatles experts who focus on biography or history), and yet my Let it Be program does not deal with explicitly musical aspects at all. The reason for this is because of the nature of the topic under consideration: Where The White Album features ensemble musicality surpassed only by that on Abbey Road, the album recorded in between those two (Let it Be) is distinctly less musically sophisticated and is consequently of less musical interest than historical interest. "Let it Be: The Beatles, January 1969" examines and explains how and why the Beatles disbanded, and the answers to those inquiries have much more to do with the deterioration of personal relationships between the band members, and emphasis on individual ideas and development than with any specifically musical characteristics.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.