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Featured Album

Here Comes the Sun
Beatles' Classics on Guitar

Terrence Farrell   *   Guitarist

   Beatles music performed on guitar by Terrence Farrell
     

Listen to MP3 excerpts from the Beatles album, Here Comes the Sun:
  Here Comes the Sun           Here, There and Everywhere
  Michelle     Yesterday


1.  Here Comes the Sun  George Harrison       8.  Penny Lane  John Lennon & Paul McCartney
2. Michelle  John Lennon & Paul McCartney     9. Fool on the Hill  John Lennon & Paul McCartney
3. With a Little Help from my Friends  John Lennon & Paul McCartney   10. Yesterday  John Lennon & Paul McCartney
4. And I Love Her  John Lennon & Paul McCartney   11. If I Fell  John Lennon & Paul McCartney
5. In My Life  John Lennon & Paul McCartney   12. I'll Follow the Sun  John Lennon & Paul McCartney
6. Here, There and Everywhere  John Lennon & Paul McCartney   13. Something  George Harrison
7. Baby's in Black    John Lennon & Paul McCartney   14. Norwegian Wood  John Lennon & Paul McCartney
         

For my brother Rob

This album is dedicated to my brother Robin who, for my 14th birthday, gave me a birthday card and inside was a ticket to see the Beatles on their first American tour. The Sunday morning of the concert my parents took me to the Greyhound bus station where I boarded the bus for Seattle. The Beatles were to play at the Seattle Arena later that afternoon. Seattle had just hosted the World's Fair and had built the dramatic Seattle Center complex with the Seattle Space Needle as its most famous landmark. The arena was new and very uptown for 1964. My brother Robin had to work that afternoon and could not accompany me, so his girlfriend met me at the bus station and we were off to the concert.

As with all arenas hosting a concert, the arena floor was a mass of seating in addition to the regular oval seating. We were on the floor in row W. Count 'em folks, 21 rows from the stage! To say I was a fan of the Beatles doesn't do them, me or the era justice. For my friends and me this was the first music we claimed as "ours." When we were younger, we didn't have our own music. Up to that point my age group had been growing up with the fads of our older siblings. To the uninitiated that would be Annette and Bobby, Buddy, Ricky, Chubby, Fabian, and of course the king, Elvis. The Beatles came along with transistor radios, faster and more fun bikes, and eventually the skateboard. The Beatles were the first "our" music and with rising hormonal ardor All My Loving, She Loves You, and And I Love Her were oh so poignantly heartfelt. But I digress. Actually I don't, but back to the concert.

Before the Beatles came on stage an announcer asked that the ladies (actually the average age was 13 and 14) NOT to throw flowers, lipstick and cosmetic containers at their favorite Beatle. Because, you see, throwing a lipstick from the upper reaches of the arena could end a concert and a career if it hit its target. Then there was the announcement ... Here are the Beatles!

Pandemonium reigned! The arena turned into a screaming frenzy. Coruscating lights filled the air reminding me of one of those mirrored balls from the Roaring '20s. Thousands of lights were flickering on and off. This was years before light shows would show up at concerts and I looked around in wonder at what caused the lighting effect. It was everyone clicking away with another phenomenon of the early '60s, the Instamatic camera.

Well, that day they took us all for a ride that in many ways has never ended. Last year the Beatles made more money than when they were together. I grew up with John, Paul, George and Ringo. I went from youth's innocence, to coming of age, to an understanding of a much more complex world. In the music I've recorded here I've decided to linger on some of the sweeter moments, for as the Irish say, "let a smile be your umbrella." They were my musical umbrella that could brighten a dull day and they are my constant reminder of youth's invincible optimism. I'll never be as young, or as invincible as I once was, but I'll tell you true, I still can be as optimistic ... with a little help from my friends.

Terrence Farrell, Pastures of Heaven, California  


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