The Beatles were my first musical obsession. When I became a fan of the Beatles in middle school, I collected every recording, poured over every liner note, read biographies, studied the lyrics, listened to the solo projects . . .
It was the first time I'd gotten into music like this. I think it was around my sophomore year in high school that I hit my saturation point with the Beatles. I never stopped liking them, but I moved on. In high school and college, I found Neil Young, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Steely Dan, Greatful Dead, Talking Heads, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorious, Parliament/Funkadelic, Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus---to name just some, at random . . .
After my dad passed away in 1997, I took it to a new level with Frankie Newton. I compensated for the fact that he only has about 50 recorded songs by collecting recordings by everyone he associated with. For several years, I immersed myself in Newton's musical milieu, high art, pre-Bop Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s, as well as the earlier stuff from the 1920s, the foundations.
After a while, the Jazz obsession mellowed. Maybe around 2000, I started actively listening again to music from the second half of the 20th century and to current 21st century stuff.
But, as I've mentioned before, it's all come back around to the Beatles. With the help of YouTube, my 4-year-old has been doing with the Beatels what I did starting in around 5th grade. The favorite record for some time has been Let It Be. I am sure we have watched each song played on the rooftop of Apple Records at least 100 times. It's a good thing the Beatles are so damn good, cause otherwise I'd be going out of mind.
Anyway, I'm telling you all of this to try to explain what it was like to hear this John Lennon outtake from 1968. I love the rooftop performance of "I've Got a Feeling." And I've always thought that John makes the song with the song fragment he weaves into Paul's bluesy love song. What I didn't know until earlier tonight was that John had recorded "Everyone" separately. From what I could read online, there are a couple of versions out there. So far, I've just found this one. It's rough around the edges, the Julia-like guitar part doesn't seem totally worked out---and it is beautiful. John really gets me at the end. After the circular lyrics, delivered over repetitive guitar picking, he trails off with that "everybody got the wrong time, everybody got the wrong time . . ."