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?