March 9: "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at the M. R. Davis Public Library
Thursday, October 15, 2015, Dodger Stadium: National League Division Series, Game 5. In a classic clash of the titans, the New York Mets' sophomore superstar Jacob DeGrom pitched against the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2009 Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke in a do-or-die situation for both teams.
DeGrom struggled at first, giving up two runs in the first inning. “Early on I was having a tough time locating, especially with the fast ball,” he said Jacob deGrom during a post-game interview. “I was having a hard time getting my fast ball down and that’s normally how I attack hitters.” (Source: http://1045theteam.com/how-jacob-degrom-won-game-5-without-his-best-stuff/) And yet, despite not having his best stuff, he still found success. - he didn't let the problems interfere with the bottom line. The Mets won 3-2 and advanced to the National League Championship Series, and DeGrom was credited statistically with the win. (Source: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN201510150.shtml)
If I may borrow the notion, tour #2 of the new year initiates today as we drive to Louisville for a program this evening and then to Mississippi for another one tomorrow. And it appears that I've come down with a double whammy of a common cold mixed with food poisoning. The worst of it was Friday, when it felt like I spent the entire night in the bathroom. And while I'm much, MUCH better than I was, I'm still not back to normal. When you do as many presentations as I do, there are going to be problems: health issues (I had a mild cold last October-November during my New England tour), technical problems (I've encountered projectors that don't work, speakers that won't turn on, cables with shorts, microphones with deafening feedback, et cetera), and traffic jams (which are perhaps the most frustrating because you can't do anything about them). But in spite of any and all those problems, I always find a way to get the job done, because whether you're a baseball pitcher or a Beatles scholar that's what it means to be a professional - you don't let the problems interfere with the end result.
Of course there are limits. Baseball broadcasters are fond of saying, "You can play hurt, but you can't play injured." Meaning you can still effectively play the game with bumps and bruises, but at some point the pain hinders your effectiveness on the field. Obviously, you can't play with a broken leg. (Ask Reuben Tejada and Chase Utley about that!)
Similarly, had I had a speaking engagement Friday night, I would have canceled - there's no way I could have functioned while THAT sick. But now, even though I'm not feeling 100% right now, the presentations I deliver tonight and tomorrow will be 100%.
Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
M. R. Davis Public Library, 8554 Northwest Dr, Southaven, MS
The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Since its release in 1967, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has often been regarded as the single greatest rock album ever made, and one of the first rock concept albums. This 90-minute multimedia presentation will observe and discuss the landmark album track by track, citing musical and historical precedents, and illustrating the development of the songs through excerpts from interviews with the band members and clips of discarded takes.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.