Summer Song – Dave Brubeck

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“Think for Yourself ” is a song by English rock band the Beatles which first appeared on their 1965 album Rubber Soul. Written and sung by George Harrison, it is a warning against listening to lies, and the first of Harrison’s songs not to be a love song. In his book I, Me, Mine he writes, “But all this time later, I don’t quite recall who inspired that tune. Probably the government.” In a departure from all precedent at the time, the song has two bass lines, a normal one and one created by Paul McCartney ‘s then-unique application of a fuzzbox to his bass.Contents;1 Musical structure;2 Personnel;3 Cover versions;4 Notes;5 References;6 External links;Musical structure The song is in the key of G major, but its musical premise appears to be permanent tonic key ambiguity and restless root movement (musically echoing the title) through extensive borrowing from the parallel G minor. Thus, the G7 introduction appears to ground us in G major (G Mixolydian), yet the verse soon opens (” I’ve got a word or two”) with a ii chord (Am) that suggests we are in A Dorian mode or even A Aeolian mode with the following move to a Dm chord on ” word or two” being a iv rather than a v in G major. The immediate shift to B_ chord (_III in G major) on “to say” and the C chord (IV in G major) on “about the things” again confuses as the Bb and C chords seem to hint at a _Vi- _VII rock run in D Aeolian. When we arrive at the chorus (“Think for yourself…”) the anticipated tonic-identifying V-I (D7 chord-G7 chord) shift, is preceded (pointedly on “Think”) with a strange _VI (E_/B_)chord in second inversion that undermines its tonal direction. This overlapping of major and minor harmony and restless root movement is an intriguing characteristic of Harrison’s songwriting as far back as Don’t Bother Me.Personnel George Harrison _ lead vocal, lead guitar;John Lennon _ harmony vocal, rhythm guitar, electric piano;Paul McCartney _ harmony vocal, double-tracked bass;Ringo Starr _ drums, percussion;Norman Smith _ engineer;Personnel per Ian MacDonald ;Cover versions Yonder Mountain String Band covered the track for This Bird Has Flown _ A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul in 2005.When Mojo released the CD Yellow Submarine Resurfaces in 2012, the track was covered by Pete Shelley.Notes ^ a b Turner 2005, p. 92.^ Shea & Rodriguez 2010.^ Dominic Pedler. The Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles. Music Sales Limited. Omnibus Press. NY. 2003. p663;^ a b Dominic Pedler. The Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles. Music Sales Limited. Omnibus Press. NY. 2003. p664;^ Dominic Pedler. The Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles. Music Sales Limited. Omnibus Press. NY. 2003. p665;^ MacDonald 2005, p. 178.^

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