IN TUNE: An open letter from John Lennon to the people of Northwest Indiana

2012-09-16T00:00:00Z IN TUNE: An open letter from John Lennon to the people of Northwest IndianaBy Kirk Muspratt Special to The Times
September 16, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Ladies and Gentlemen of Northwest Indiana:

Hello everyone, it’s me, John Lennon, writing to you about the upcoming Beatles tribute show Sept. 21 at the Star Plaza Theatre.

Ok, it is just me, Kirk, writing to you about the concert. As I may have told you at one point, I had my own Beatles tribute band a long time ago and I was the John Lennon because I was the one studying music, plus I played piano, guitar and I sang.

Actually, the two real reasons I had to be the John Lennon was that my friend Richard Burrows was really cute and all the girls at school said that HE had to be Paul. The other reason I had to play John was that I was only one who wore glasses at that time. We only had cut out cardboard guitars and the record player was really making the music but I really FELT like John Lennon.

Therefore, this is what I think John would tell you about the concert:

"These blokes LOOK just like us!"

"These blokes SOUND just like us!"

"These American guys played us on Broadway and not only are they brilliant musicians, but whoppin' first class actors!"

"I do not know where they got their costumes — they must have traveled across the pond and lifted them clean out of our wardrobes."

Now as Kirk, the thing I would like to share with you is that on this concert with the symphony, there are several tunes that our great Beatles tribute band has NEVER played before with any orchestra.   They are completely new. So new as a matter of fact, that as I write this a week before the concert, we still do not have the music for some of those charts yet. They will literally be hot off the press!

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "She’s Leaving Home," "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite," "When I’m 64" and "Lovely Rita" are some of the songs they have never done anywhere with anyone. (After our concert, they travel to the Pittsburgh Symphony to play them.)

Also, there are several tunes the Beatles performed but we here in Northwest Indiana have never done in concert ... "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "The Long and Winding Road" to name but a few.

In any case, this is going to be a jaw-dropping, great time and a joyous, riveting concert so as John would say: "Blimey folks, please stop fannying around, get off your donkeys, go to the tele and ring (219) 836-0525 for the best tickets of the whole blummin' year!"

It has been 50 years since the Beatles came into our world. Sept. 21 is going to be a smashing concert. I hope you will be there to remember and celebrate this music with us.

Opinions are solely those of the writer's. Kirk Muspratt is the conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Muspratt's column is an occasional feature during symphony season.

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