In My Life

This is a very special song to me.  I get tears in my eyes every time I hear it.  This is actually one of my funeral songs.  I have 4 songs that I want played at my funeral and this is one of them.  I will share the other 3 with you later.

In My Life” is a song by The Beatles written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney).  The song originated with Lennon, and while McCartney contributed to the final version, the extent of his contribution is in dispute.  Released on the 1965 album Rubber Soul, it is ranked 23rd on the Rolling Stone article “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” as well as fifth on their list of The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs.  The song placed second on CBC‘s 50 Tracks.   Mojo magazine named it the best song of all time in 2000.

According to Lennon, the song’s origins can be found when English journalist Kenneth Allsop made a remark that Lennon should write songs about his childhood.  Afterwards, Lennon wrote a song in the form of a long poem reminiscing on his childhood years.  The original version of the lyrics was based on a bus route he used to take in Liverpool, naming various sites seen along the way, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.

However, Lennon found it to be “ridiculous”, calling it “the most boring sort of ‘What I Did On My Holidays Bus Trip’ song”; he reworked the words, replacing the specific memories with a generalized meditation on his past.  “Very few lines” of the original version remained in the finished song.  According to Lennon’s friend and biographer Peter Shotton, the lines “Some [friends] are dead and some are living/In my life I’ve loved them all” referred to Stuart Sutcliffe (who died in 1962).

Regarding authorship of the melody, Lennon’s and McCartney’s recollections differ. Referring to McCartney, Lennon said “his contribution melodically was the harmony and the middle-eight itself.”  McCartney claimed he set Lennon’s lyrics to music from beginning to end, taking inspiration for the melody from songs by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. “I liked ‘In My Life’.  Those were words that John wrote and I wrote the tune to it.  That was a great one.”  Of the disagreement, McCartney said, “I find it very gratifying that out of everything we wrote, we only appear to disagree over two songs”, the other being “Eleanor Rigby“.

The song was recorded on 18 October 1965, and was complete except for the instrumental bridge.  At that time, Lennon had not decided what instrument to use, but he subsequently asked George Martin to play a piano solo, suggesting “something Baroque-sounding”.  Martin wrote a Bach-influenced piece that he found he could not play at the song’s tempo. On 22 October, the solo was recorded at half-tempo (one octave lower) and tape speed was doubled for the final recording, solving the performance challenge and giving the piano solo a unique, harpsichord-like timbre.

This song speaks of someone who is looking back over their life here on earth and remembering all the people and places that have come and gone.  How the scenery has changed and you have even changed as well.   You look back on it all and just love every bit of it.   The good times and the bad times because all of it put together made you the person you really are.  When you can truly say that, you know that you have lived a good life.  Your life is yours to do with whatever you want.  Only you can write the script of your life and you only get one shot at it.  How will your life be remembered?  Above all, when people look back at mine, I want them to think of one word, LOVE.  That is what our purpose is.

I put several videos on here because there are many ways to approach this song musically.  In the first video, I have the original version.  The version the Beatles performed.  They are my favorite band of all time.  I have read over 50 books about the Fab Four so it would be an understatement to say that I am well versed information about the band.

The second video is a live performance by Allison Crowe.  Beautiful, simple piano arrangement to go along with Allison’s beautiful voice.

The third video is a version of Johnny Cash along with a picture tribute of his life.  What an amazing version.  You can hear the years in his voice, yet it is so authentic.  Sung by a man who has reached the end of his story.

The last is a movie clip from the movie “For the Boys starring James Caan and Bette Midler.  You will have to see for yourself if you have never seen it.  As much as I love the Beatles, the version I love the very best is Bette’s.  Simple, yet so elliquient.  Amazing!  Well, I hope you enjoy!

In My Life

written by John Winston Lennon (Lennon/McCartney)

There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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