My friend Susan (no last name, just in case she doesn’t want this broadcast to the whole world) just turned 60. Her birthday invitation said “Please do not bring a gift, but it would be nice to bring a short original verse, a song (that you would have to sing), or a picture to share.” Of course, I read this about 20 minutes before the party while I was looking for directions.
What could I do, but compose a little something in her honor? Now don’t get me wrong: I don’t expect this to go down in history with Beethoven’s “Für Elise,” Bach’s Notebook for Anna Magdalena, or the Beatles’ “Julia,” but it’s a little something to honor a fine woman on her sixtieth.
By the way, the last two measures need a little explanation. That unlikely cadence is clearly lifted from the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s, but is also somewhat of a signature. After all, what do they sing during those iconic 3 chords? “Billy Shears” Sounds an awful lot like my name, doesn’t it?
There are 53 beats in the song. It would be cool if there were 60, one for each year.
Susan is a very youthful 60, so I only gave her 53 beats!