Sunday, November 5, 2023

New Beatles song: What "Now and Then" has to do with John Lennon's last words to Paul McCartney

STAR New Beatles song: What "Now and Then" has to do with John Lennon's last words to Paul McCartney Article by ls • 1 day) John Lennon and Paul McCartney 53 years after their breakup, The Beatles have released a new song. The title has several meanings. That's what lies behind it. It was an emotional moment for all Beatles fans: 53 years after the band's breakup and 43 years after the murder of John Lennon, the Fab Four have released a new song. “Now and Then” is a ballad, Lennon does the vocals and McCartney does the second voice. Ringo Starr plays drums and guitar sounds from George Harrison can also be heard. A real Beatles song. Beatles singing "Now and Then": John's last words to Paul Fans already knew “Now and Then.” The song, also known as "Miss You" and "I Don't Want to Lose You", was written by John Lennon, who sang it with piano accompaniment in the 1970s. In the 1990s, Lennon's widow, artist Yoko Ono, gave it to Paul McCartney, who spent years trying to finish it. It's not just the song itself that's emotional for fans, but also the story behind it. Giles Martin, producer of the song and son of Beatles producer George Martin, reveals that he believes the song should be understood as a message from Lennon to McCartney. "I feel like 'Now and Then' is a love letter from John to Paul," he said. "And I feel like that's why Paul was so determined to finish it." Lennon's last words to his colleague and childhood friend before he was shot were: "Think about me every now and then, old friend." One person who wasn't initially impressed with the demo version of "Now and Then" was George Harrison. In the 1990s, McCartney, Starr and Harrison worked to complete the song but failed. The reason was the sound quality, which particularly annoyed Harrison. “Damn trash,” he is said to have called her. "George didn't like him. Since the Beatles are a democracy, we didn't do it," McCartney told Q magazine in 1997. New technology Only new AI technology finally made it possible for director and Beatles fan Peter Jackson to extract Lennon's voice from the tape. The video for the song should also move fans again. Just like with the documentary "Get Back", film director Peter Jackson took over the direction here. The New Zealander received support from several quarters. Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe donated over ten hours of film material that was created during Paul, George and Ringo's studio work in the 1990s. "To top things off, Pete Best kindly provided a few precious seconds of The Beatles in their leather gear, the earliest known film of The Beatles that has never been seen before," Jackson said of Ringo Starr's drummer predecessor. "When I saw this footage, the situation changed completely - I could see how a music video could be made," said the New Zealander.