Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Act One Scene Two: Rolls 9-A and 10-A

Act One Scene Two: The Evening of January 2nd, 1969

In Act One Scene One, the Beatles arrived one by one onto Twickenham film studio sound stage where their latest project was to unfold. John arrived first, followed in short order by George and Ringo. Both John and George debuted new candidate compositions, though one (Child of Nature) was clearly a leftover from the backlog of prior year's compositions. The most notable event of the morning was the rehearsal of John’s Don’t Let Me Down in which George was given free rein to explore as he desired.
Once Paul arrived, the group got down to proper rehearsals starting with Paul’s I’ve Got a Feeling joined to John’s Everybody Had a Hard Year. The most striking facts that came out of this early rehearsal were:

1. Paul had a clear idea what he wanted from the project before they started to rehearse

2. John was already familiar with Paul's 1
st candidate song.

Everybody Had a Hard Year had already been compositionally joined to Paul’s song

4. George was not familiar with the number, and even had to ask if it was called “
I’ve got a Feeling

5. John had the authority to speak for Paul on aspects of his 1
st candidate song

6. Both John and Paul told George what he should be doing to varying degrees

7. Ringo was always there, always perfect, and never spoke during rehearsal

8. John and George have already voiced negative thoughts about rehearsals at
Twickenham, regarding poor sound, and strangers drifting into what had always been a secluded and totally private activity (making magic)

9. George Martin showed up

10. Ringo has already vetoed traveling outside of Britain for any live show. What has not been stated is that he is set to start shooting
The Magic Christian with Peter Sellers in a matter of weeks, and therefore he has a rapidly shrinking window of availability to work on the current Beatle project.

11. They have agreed that they need to learn a variety of new numbers and concurrently perfect them all rather than perfecting one number at a time, which has been the more common practice in the recording studio.

Don’t Let Me Down has been taken as far as he cares to take it for the day. So, the Beatles break for an on-set nosh and then determine whether or not it is George’s turn to have the group work on one of his songs (John and Paul each having thus far had one song selected for extended rehearsal).


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