Comes the Sun
Beatles' Classics on Guitar
Farrell * Guitarist
Comes the Sun George Harrison
Lane John Lennon & Paul McCartney
John Lennon & Paul McCartney
on the Hill John Lennon & Paul McCartney
a Little Help from my Friends John Lennon &
John Lennon & Paul McCartney
I Love Her John Lennon & Paul McCartney
I Fell John Lennon & Paul McCartney
My Life John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Follow the Sun John Lennon & Paul McCartney
There and Everywhere John Lennon & Paul
in Black John Lennon & Paul
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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