Beatles expert Walter Everett presents A Day in the Life
Fargo Public Library, downtown branch
Sunday, November 18, 2 p.m. Free and open to the public
By ARTSpulse contributor Melisa Duncan
A Day In the Life is likely the Beatles’ most monumental five minutes. It’s the final track of their revolutionary psychedelic masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and in a way it’s really the linchpin that kept the album from floating off its spindle.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the month in which The Beatles recorded their first number one hit, the third and final event in the Fargo Public Library’s Beatles series is a presentation by Beatles’ expert Walter Everett. Titled A Day in the Life, with a nod to The Beatles’ song by the same name, his session is set for Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the downtown main library.
Considered an expert on The Beatles and their music, Everett will discuss “the ways in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney joined their independently written fragments to create an irregular, ambiguous and haunting illustration of what the imagination can draw out of the mundane.”
He will also follow the Beatles’ recording process and demonstrate how the group’s earliest music attempts were “layered together in the studio, by listening to guitar lines and drum parts that were drafted but later cast aside when inspiration brought more evocative ones.” Part of his presentation includes recording-session photographs of John, Paul, George, Ringo and full orchestra. Everett will present A Day in the Life’s rich colors, harmonies, rhythms and underlying message.