I had an off-day last Friday and so spent the afternoon with my wonderful publicist, Nicole Michael, and her husband, Jacob. From Christmas last year, Nicole and Jacob gave me a copy of Hark!, the Beatles-themed holiday album by The Fab Four.
I had ideas for a gift, as well. I've blogged before about my drawings, and Nicole is a big Ringo fan, so I wanted to do a drawing of a drum set. The problem is drum sets are REALLY HARD to draw - especially only using music notes, like I do! So I never did make a decent drum set drawing...
I did, however, find a more suitable replacement: Yellow Submarine. And so, almost six months after the holiday, I finally delivered Nicole's Christmas gift.
My last Michigan stop (at least until September) will be tonight in Mattawan; tomorrow I return home to Indiana to speak in Westfield.
Monday, 12 June 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Antwerp Sunshine Library, 24823 Front St, Mattawan, MI
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 observes and discusses 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.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Westfield Washington Public Library, 333 W Hoover St, Westfield, IN
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.