Yesterday's "Band of the Sixties" at the Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston, West Virginia drew about 45-50 people - significantly more than my average of 30-35ish and more than twice as many as any of the earlier presentations on this tour.
After the program and Q&A, we held a raffle for a free copy of Steve Turner's book "The Complete Beatles Songs", a revision of his earlier book "A Hard Day's Write". While I have the original, I do not yet have the revision, and I secretly wished I could have won it! On September 21 of last year, I received an email from Lucy Gibson of HarperCollins publishing offerin me a complimentary copy of the new version. I eagerly accepted the offer, but still have yet to receive the book. Lucy, if you're reading this, I'm still interested :-)
With the raffle complete, the Beatles Tribute band RUBBER SOUL performed. I originally planned to leave right after my talk because I had an hour drive ahead of me, but since the band started before I was even done packing up (I had expected them to start playing about 7:30, but since their keyboard player Mark had to leave by 8, they started promptly at 7) I was able to catch the second half. I've heard LOTS of different versions of Beatles songs, but I don't believe I've ever heard the solo to "A Hard Day's Night" played on a euphonium before! When I realized what was happening, I immediately pulled out my phone to capture it on video:
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.