Like most people, I have several playlists for my Audio Collection. I listen to a lot of music at work and I’ve dedicated playlists to each day of the week. Monday is mostly dark and depressing songs (Daniel Powter’s “Bad day”, songs that reference Monday (Bangles “Manic Monday”). Friday is loaded with beach and party tunes (Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere”, etc.). Well Tuesday’s happens to be love songs. This particular Tuesday, I really didn’t want to listen to love songs all day. I didn’t want to fall back to my “Current Stuff” list (not necessarily “current” with regards to when the music was created, but current as to when I added it in.)
So I decided to run my The Beatles playlist — 64 songs and almost 3.5 hours of play time. Its by no means a complete The Beatles collection and its about 1/3 cover tunes, like Sarah McLachlan’s fantastic rendition of “Blackbird”. One of the first song’s up today was “Let it Be”, the chilling and powerful song vocaled by Paul McCartney.
I started thinking about what makes this song so great. Its more than a fantastic melody and important lyrics that are universally meaningful. It’s more than McCartney’s voice and his keyboard work. Its all these elements working together to form a fantastic song that lives through the ages.
But what many people may have not noticed is how the song builds from a quiet piano tune to a driving rock tune. It starts out with just a single piano. Then McCartney’s voice joins in through the first voice. Quietly soft background voices are added at the first chorus. Slowly during the 2nd verse Ringo Starr’s drums add in then a quiet bass guitar starts presumably from a studio artist building in the background. Another studio player’s organ adds in, then comes in George Harrison and John Lennon with their stunning electric guitars following the melody when transforms into a powerful guitar solo. All of it orchestrates to a building crescendo of perfection and it eases out much like it started.
As these different elements add in, its subtle which drives the power behind this timeless song.
If you haven’t listened to it lately, watch the YouTube video above of find it your playlist.