Every once in a while I encounter an odd quote that requires a bit of detective work to figure out, the latest of which is John Lennon's comments during an interview with David Sheff of Playboy in 1980 in which he called "Any Time At All" "an effort at writing 'It Won't Be Long' - same ilk: C to A minor, C to A minor - with me shouting" (Sheff, page 205). The reason this quote is puzzling is that while "It Won't Be Long" uses six C chords (twice per verse over a total of three verses), "Any Time At All" uses no C chords, and neither song uses a single a minor chord.
So instead of posting a blog stating my own opinion as I originally intended, I'm asking for readers' opinions. Anybody out there reading this have any thoughts or insights? If so, please comment!
Sheff, David, ed. The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon & Yoko Ono. Berkley Books, New York, NY, 1981.
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