Blackbird

Well, I finally did it. I signed up for a music streaming service. I know… the horror, right?!

I decided to take on a free trial of Apple Music, as I found it can co-exist with the owned content in my iTunes library. As I’ve often said here, I buy music to support the artists as streaming pays such a small amount per play. And at the same time, I sometimes grow tired of the music in my library. I like that Apple Music makes suggestions based on what one listens to. So, I thought it could introduce me to artists I’d benefit from and I could still support them by purchasing music of theirs I like.

On “Classical Sunday” mornings, I often listen to a station like CPR Classical, part of Colorado Public Radio. But sometimes, the playlist becomes a bit too busy and spritely for the morning vibe I’m seeking. So this morning, with my senses slightly puzzled by the annual and archaic changing of the clocks to end daylight savings time, I settled into the Apple Music playlist Classical A.M. It has a level, non-intrusive quality that I’ve been enjoying throughout the day, when not cycling or out on an afternoon date with my sweety.

A piece that I quite liked from earlier in the morning was an arrangement for Baroque orchestra and saxophone of the Beatles’ “Blackbird.” This arrangement is played by Lautten Compagney of Berlin, Germany, conducted by Wolfgang Katschner with saxophonist Asya Fateyeva. The piece appears on the Lautten album Time Travel, released last month.

Originally from the 1968 double album, The Beatles (more widely known as the White Album), “Blackbird” was composed by John Lennon (1940-1980) and Paul McCartney. McCartney performed the song solo on the album. He has said the inspiration for the song came from both the sound of a blackbird while the band was on a Transcendental Meditation retreat in India and the racial conflicts in the United States during the late 1960s.

Now you know a little about why this is My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from the Lautten Compagney YouTube topic channel:

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