For my monthly cover video, I decided to record another song by The Beatles: Nowhere Man.
As usual, mailing list subscribers have also received an exclusive short story inspired by the song.
In this article, I am going to share some information on how The Beatles wrote and released this classic song from Rubber Soul.
Have a listen to my version by checking out the video down here!
Nowhere Man is the fourth track from the 1965 album Rubber Soul. With this record, The Beatles started an interesting transition.
Their lyrics didn't necessarily talk about love and heartbreak any longer: the Sixties were suggesting new themes and ideas that needed to be investigated. Production-wise, George Martin started experimenting with a lot of new techniques, often creating sounds that were never heard before.
A brilliant example is In My Life, where a sped-up piano part sounds exactly like an old harpsichord.
Needless to say, changes like these have a strong impact on a band and its members.
Maybe that's why John Lennon found himself creatively dry at some point, during the composition stage.
One night, in Weybridge, he was trying to write some more material for the upcoming record.
After five hours of failed attempts, Nowhere Man came to him, bringing a lot of perspective on his own feelings at that very moment.
The song is centered around a specific character: a man who has lost any hopes or interests. In the verse, we have quite a detailed description of his apathy, while in the chorus the band seems to encourage him to get up and just do something with his life.
From a musical point of view, the most impressive part of the song is the blending of three amazing voices: John, who sings the main vocal line, George, who counterbalances the melody with a lower part, and Paul, who shows off his tenor voice with a higher line.
This was also the most challenging part for me! Getting the three parts by ear and singing them perfectly in tune, sticking to the original key, was quite a task. I hope you'll appreciate my (imperfect) attempt.
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