I came across this YouTube gem yesterday: a blow-by-blow account of the making of one of the Beatles' true masterpieces, "Strawberry Fields Forever." The video begins with John Lennon's first attempts at the song—as he gropes with the melody, toys with the words, molding and shaping it with each new attempt—and then moves into the Abbey Road studios where Lennon and the Beatles run through several different arrangements before transforming "Strawberry Fields" into the song we all know. (Each of these versions could have been released and become a classic in its own right.) It's a fascinating look into the mind of Lennon as a composer as well as a window into the workings of the Beatles as a band, deep into their most creative and adventurous period in the studio.
On another front: You may have noticed that things have been relatively quiet here at Creation Point this summer. Life has provided many distractions, not the least of which was sending my daughter off to college. (I'm still not sure how my little girl—wasn't she a toddler just five minutes ago?—morphed into the beautiful and elegant young woman we deposited on campus. "Time," as Mr. Dylan observed, "is a jet plane. It moves too fast.")
As the temperature starts to drop and the first breath of autumn blows in, I'd like to get back to regular blogging. There are many things on my mind that I'd like to share with you, so keep your eyes peeled for more frequent posts. If they don't appear, feel free to (ever-so gently) berate me in the comments section.
Be back soon, I hope.