Hello. For my PA Summative, I decided to perform the song “Here Comes the Sun” with Ali Mecklai. I sang and played the piano and Ali played the guitar. We decided that we would do this because the guitar and the piano are the only instruments we know how to play. Nothing creative there, I’ll admit. Both Ali and I have not had much experience with musical instruments, so our primary goal was to not sound like a cat is being tortured on the stage. Beyond this, our goal was to successfully cover a Beatles song.
Did we meet our goals?
In our opinions, we didn’t play the song as well as the Beatles. This made sense. However, it definitely did not sound like a cat was tortured on stage.
We chose this song because it is one of the most iconic songs of the 1960s, sung by possibly the most famous group from the 1960s. There are many people, including me before the PA unit, whose only knowledge of the 60s is that there was a music group called the Beatles. This song is one of the most famous Beatles songs. It is so well-known that, if copyright law had been different, it would have exited our solar system on the Golden Record aboard Voyager 1. It is such an iconic song that Ali and I wanted to cover it.
There was another reason why we chose this song. When we chose it, the yearly November cold snap was ending. The annoying centimetre of snow that you still have to waste hours shovelling from the walkway but can’t make snowballs out of was melting. The sun was coming. We felt like we could identify with George Harrison’s lyrics (“the ice is slowly melting”, “here comes the sun”).
A third reason we chose this song was because both of us are familiar with it. We know how this song goes. As a result, we found it easy to learn. As Michael Shurtleff once said, “Use what you know. Don’t worry about what you don’t know.”
What does this song mean to me?
This song reminds me of a family trip to Tofino a few years ago. I don’t remember all the details, but I’m assuming that Dad had just bought the album this was on (Abbey Road). I believe this because he played every song from that album over and over again. Years later, I still associate this album with that holiday, the good times I had, and the fun things I did. Music is like that for me; play one song a lot during one event and I associate the song with that event. Weird.
The song also means something else to me. Extreme Beatles fans have checked weather reports for London in the 1960s. The winter of 1968-1969 was one of the coldest winters ever recorded there. April 1969, when George Harrison wrote this song, was one of the sunniest Aprils until the 1980s. This explains the lyrics about a long cold lonely winter. I wrote this reflection in December. Winter is just starting. It’s cold.
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The deadlines for my CAS Commitments are coming up. Can I reflect on my commitments before time runs out?