Yesterday's baseball game between the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field lasted 13 innings before Anthony Rizzo launched a 2-run walk-off homer to right that ended up quite literally out of the park and on Sheffield Ave. Curiously, the songs "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People and "Every Breath you Take" by Sting were played during breaks in the action, both of which use "The Doo Wop Progression" of I-vi-IV-V which I will discuss at some length during my program on A Hard Day's Night at the Evanston Public Library tomorrow afternoon to open up week 2 of this month's lecture tour.
Week 1 of the lecture tour concludes today with a program at the Lake Bluff Public Library (123 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff, IL) from noon to 1:30pm. I have no idea how many people to expect, and there seems to be a wide spread of opinion. So far my programs in the Northern Chicago suburbs have drawn very large crowds, but I've also been told that 10-15 is a great turnout for programs at this particular library. But regardless of number of attendees, what makes a good audience is less size of audience than enthusiasm and engagement of audience. The smallest audience I've ever had for a Beatles program was three, but all three were actively engaged in the presentation so it actually came off quite well. At other times, I've spoken to several dozen audience members who appeared quite sedate and un-engaged. I guess there's only one way to find out...
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.