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By David Lanz, The Beatles. Piano Solo Personality. New Age, Contemporary. Softcover. 112 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.307184).
Item Number: HL.307184
ISBN 1617740373. 9x12 inches.
David Lanz's 2010 release pays tributes to one of his greatest influences – the Beatles – and includes a stunning original piece in tribute to the band, as well as his unique solo piano interpretations of their classics.
From David Lanz:
Liverpool, England . . . a city on the banks of the Mersey River (The river made famous in the 1964 hit song "Ferry Across The Mersey", by Gerry and the Pacemakers). Liverpool . . .the birthplace of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and where we begin our musical journey.
The sounds of the Mersey harbor can be heard as it introduces the first strains of the opening song. This title track was composed as a tribute, an emotional overture of sorts, imbued with subtle musical phrasing from The Fab Four. From here, we traverse through a decade of Lennon and McCartney songs, arranged and re-imagined through the lens of my own musical voice, which admittedly, has been joyfully shaped and informed by this great and enduring legacy of musical history - a time so explosive and fruitful we may never see anything like it again.
I spent nearly half a year listening, selecting and arranging the material to be recorded on Liverpool. The recording sessions began in May of 2009 and carried on through the fall. Once the lion's share of the recording was complete, and on the insistence of my friend and collaborator Gary Stroutsos, we, along with photographer and personal assistant, Carole May, took off on a pilgrimage to Liverpool England, to see where the music of the Beatles all began.
Shortly after our arrival, we were given an extraordinary tour by England's National Trust. It started with an intimate inside look at John Lennon's boyhood home where he lived from the age of five until he was twenty-three. I was completely taken off guard at the impact the spirit of place had on me. This was especially true when I climbed the stairs and stood by myself in the small bedroom that had been John's, the room where he had done much of his early imaginative dreaming. Chills ran through me and ghosts from the past were palpable. It was here in this house named Mendips that 14-year-old Paul McCartney and 17-year-old John Lennon began their friendship and started a song writing partnership that would change the world. They also soon began meeting and writing songs in Paul McCartney's more modest home, less than a mile away from Mendips, at 20 Forthlin Road.
Our tour continued through the McCartney home. One of the outstanding features was the black and white original photographs taken by Paul's younger brother, Michael. Photos capturing family, friends, and everyday household events. Most notable was a photograph of the two teenage musicians, sitting in Paul's small living room, holding guitars, notebook opened to the hand written lyrics of an early Lennon and McCartney classic, "I Saw Her Standing There".
I am so grateful for the chance to have connected in such an intimate way and to have come full circle with two of my greatest musical role models. I will never forget the time spent in Liverpool: the drive down Penny Lane, standing by the gate at Strawberry Fields . . . all giving new meaning and greater dimension to the music of the Beatles.
"There are places I remember . . . All my life . . .".