A few weeks ago I went to New Orleans and saw Paul McCartney in concert, which was everything I had ever hoped it would be. I smiled, I sang, I got goosebumps. I loved it. He played a lot of Beatles songs, including a few songs by the other members of the band. One such tune was "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", the origins of which I'm familiar as a Beatlemaniac. John Lennon owned a vintage poster, and its content pretty much verbatim became the lyrics to the eponymous song.
What a singular way to write a song, right? But hearing the song made me think of my husband Steve, who is decidedly not a Beatlemaniac. He and his artistic partner, Waki Gamez, also wrote a song some years ago in exactly the same manner after Steve discovered a poster in our neighborhood for something called a Lemonade Band.
While it might be a stretch to say that Waki and Steve one-upped the Beatles, I'm just going to say that one of these two bands just did a song, while the other also did a video that involved an insane amount of pre-production, including tracking down a disused synagogue as a set. And made a blog about it.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club who??
If you read all the way to the end of this blog post I encourage you to also check out some new/ongoing projects of mine:
- For freelance writers and the freelance-curious: Pitches That Worked, Summer 2019
- For mothers who need a break, a laugh, and to vent, free of guilt: The Evil Witches newsletter
- For people who use libraries/care about homelessness: "Give Them Shelter? Libraries face tough choices when homeless patrons set up permanent residence." Published by moi in American Libraries magazine.