Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Song of the Week: Yellow Submarine
When I was four years old, "Yellow Submarine" was my favorite Beatles song. While George Harrison was always my favorite Beatle, I did think that Ringo had the coolest name. For a short-time, I insisted people call me "Ringo-John." (Later, I insisted they call me "Jason," after the boy upon whom I had a crush. Yes, I was a five year old girl who wanted to be a boy, and I had a crush on a boy. What of it?) As I grew, my love of the Beatles remained ever true, but interest in "Yellow Submarine" gave way to "Day in the Life," "Taxman," and the medley on Side B of "Abbey Road," back when musical recordings had Side B's.
Lucia is almost five, Ringo is her favorite Beatle (she's partial to drummers, and likes to talk about Daron Henry from Recess Monkey), and "Yellow Submarine" is her favorite Beatles song. She asked me to play it for her birthday party in two weeks. My first thought was, "No, no, no." Then I looked at the chords and said, "Yes, yes, yes." Just look at them. The chords of each line in the verses are all the same. The chords in the chorus alternate between G and D. This is a good song to play! Compare it to George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps. That F sharp minor, C sharp minor and B minor would have me weeping.