This week’s Listening Room submission, with further entries and discussion here:
â€œI See Youâ€ from Here by Adrian Belew
A coworker of mine has a band that has set out with a specific goal: to avoid the influence of the Beatles. Obviously, he can’t be the first musician to attempt such a thing, but it’s a noble effort. I just wonder if it really matters.
It doesn’t matter to my daughter, that’s for sure. Driving along one day, with Adrian Belew’s 1994 masterpiece, Here playing, I looked in mirror to find her gently swaying to this oh-so-Beatlesesque tune. In her big car seat, she rocked from side to side while gazing out the rear windows to the sound of Adrian and his spot-on Lennon imitation.
So, no, I’m not convinced it matters if a band is obviously copping from the Beatles â€“ and, in fact, sometimes the world just needs more of that.