In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #18

Monday, April 27, 2020

Ep. #18: Featuring Liv Redpath on Vocals and Piano
"Blackbird"




All your life.
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.


The lyrics of “Blackbird” offer a universal message. Paul McCartney penned these words to honor the people at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the United States, especially those fighting for educational equality in Little Rock, Arkansas.

McCartney said “…this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: ‘Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith, there is hope’. As is often the case with my things, a veiling took place so, rather than say ‘Black woman living in Little Rock’ and be very specific, she became a bird, became symbolic, so you could apply it to your particular problem”.

Years later, at a concert in Arkansas, McCartney had the privilege of meeting Thelma Mothershed-Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, two of the Little Rock Nine students who faced discrimination after enrolling in the all-white Little Rock Central High School.

McCartney recorded 32 takes of “Blackbird” in one day and was so proud of it that it was the first composition he brought to EMI Studios for the Beatles' new album. Another recording was made at his 2007 concert at Amoeba Music right here in Hollywood.

McCartney also authored a book of poems titled Blackbird Singing in 2002. We think Sir Paul would be mesmerized by MUSE/IQUE’s songbird Liv Redpath, who sings us her thoughtful and loving rendition of “Blackbird”.

“I’ve always loved the simplicity of Blackbird — the image of something singular and alone finding its way into the first light of morning — immense darkness preparing us for immense light. I can think of no better symbol for where we are all at in this moment; we’ll fly into the light soon enough.” – Liv Redpath