I always loved this song. I remember seeing the original music video and noticing that Tom Petty had half the Beatles playing with him! I mean, you know he had to have something going for him to have George and Ringo back him up! Jeff Lynn’s no slouch either! But seriously, Tom Petty had a knack for writing some excellent songs. Great hooks, lyrics that most people can relate to, done in a way that only Tom Petty can pull off. Here’s my version of this excellent song for the recently deceased Tom Petty. He was one of the greats.
How is it that so many great songs came out in 1966?! Most people don’t know, but this song was actually written by Graham Gouldman (from the band 10cc), and not by the members of the Hollies, though their version was a hit. I decided to do this cover because it’s my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary and my mom has said this was their song.
My own take on the Journey classic.
To me, The Beatles are the greatest of all time. Eleanor Rigby, written by Paul McCartney with the help of some particularly fabulous string arrangements from George Martin, is a brilliant composition. Lyrically it’s a beautifully tragic song about loneliness. A lonely woman and a lonely priest only come together when she passes away - their loneliness may have been avoided had they only known. I think people forget how brilliant this song is because it’s been around so long that they don’t think about it anymore.
I’ve always wanted to do my own version of this song. Having heard a few too many metal or overly dark and heavy rock covers, I thought it might be neat to use horns to replace the strings. My voice is so different than Paul McCartney’s that I feel my version is very different - I’m quite pleased with how it came out. The completion of this one was particularly difficult due to the fact that I moved in February! But it’s done, and it’s here. I hope you enjoy it.
I am not over David Bowie’s passing even though it has been 2 years. Why is the death of a celebrity still on my mind? How does somebody I don’t even know still make me sad when I think about the fact that he’s no longer on this planet? His music and just general oddness has always appealed to me. Playing, recording, and paying homage helps me feel better about it. This will not be my last David Bowie cover.