Most folks that know me for more than 5 minutes know that The Beatles are, without question, my favorite band. Ever. They were there at the beginning, thanks to my Dad, who exposed my ears to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and quite a good number of artists from the 50s, 60s and 70s. In turn, I exposed him to such things as 80s New Wave/Art Rock, heavy metal and “electro boogie” (it had not yet been christened as rap or hip-hop). I’m trying to pay it forward by showing my daughter that there’s more to music than Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. She seems to be receptive to it, and has developed and affinity for 60s-80s music, in particular Elvis, CCR, U2– and, of course, The Beatles.
The first concept album I ever listened to (way before I knew the definition of a concept album) was Sgt. Pepper’s. As a matter of fact, his vinyl copy of the album (complete with Sgt. Pepper badge cutout sheet) is still kicking around. Today’s piece is inspired by one of the tracks off that album.
Hope you enjoy.