In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #15

Monday, April 20, 2020

Ep. #15: Featuring Fabulous Piantist Dayramir Gonzales
"Let It Be"

It is not unusual for a dream to inspire a songwriter. In fact, everyone from Florence Welch to Johnny Cash and more have written songs based on dreams. Sir Paul McCartney tells us that the inspiration for “Let It Be” was a dream he had about his mother, whose name was Mary. "She was reassuring me, saying, 'It's going to be OK, just let it be'…".

The #1 single includes a rare performance by Linda McCartney who sang back-up vocals. Interestingly it was written the same day as The Beatles’ final song “The Long and Winding Road”.

In the fall of 2020, Peter Jackson's new documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, will explore 55 hours of unseen footage from the Beatles' film Let It Be. What is most staggering, is that even 50 years later, the music of The Beatles continues to travel across time, across lands, and across hearts.

Enjoy as MUSE/IQUE's Dayramir Gonzalez brings the energy of Cuba to the music of the Beatles.

"...growing up in Havana my dad used to organize weekly musical gatherings at home where I played my school's classical piano repertoire for my dad's friends while many of them used to sing and play guitar, etc. Barbarito (from Buena Vista Social Club) was one of these friends who was a music aficionado with a tremendous ear and ability to transcribe any popular song he heard on the radio. It was always exciting and fresh to hear him playing the piano and recounting music stories. One of the songs he used to play and sing was 'Let It Be.' I didn't understand the lyrics but the emotional changes of the chord progression and his rocking way to sing it was always magical to me. Eventually, I sat down with him to learn the changes and played it over and over. Love the song.

Side story: Just now I realized what the lyrics were really saying, lol since I always focused on playing the melody with the piano." - Dayramir Gonzalez