Musings —06.01.2017 07:39 AM—
I don’t remember it coming out, on June 1, 1967. I was six, and we were living in Dallas. Much later on, I recall, certain songs would start to leave a mark – Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Within You Without You (I shared George’s fascination with Indian instrumentation and still do), the title track. All genius.
And, much later, I’d be amazed that the Fabs did what they did with just four and eight analog tracks. Eight! Last weekend, SFH were in a studio that had 64, all digital. What would Sgt. Pepper have sounded like with that, I often wonder. (And McCartney essentially created DI for his bass! Seriously!)
Anyway: it was this song that remains, to me, the crowning achievement of that extraordinary album – and which is still the greatest pop song of all time. Some days, I felt like it was written just for me. You know a song is brilliant when it makes you feel like that.
So – happy birthday, Sgt. Pepper, wherever you are. You changed the world.