From Oxford to a Beatle
I was recently contacted by Charles and Sherry who took my first Beatles, Popular Music and 1960s Britain course on The Oxford Experience summer school a few years ago. They were delightful company on that week and helped make that first course a great success. It transpires that they recently attended the soundcheck at one of Paul McCartney’s recent U.S. concerts as VIP guests. During this soundcheck they attracted his attention with a sign that stated they had studied The Beatles at Oxford. Paul saw it and wanted to know more. The culmination of this was Charles and Sherry getting their certificates from the course signed by him – probably the only time my signature and Paul McCartney’s will be on the same piece of paper! Here is a link to the blog. You have to scroll down to the soundcheck and photos. It begins after he has tried out ‘Lady Madonna’.
Two weeks today the 2013 Oxford Experience kicks off, and my first course will be the Beatles. So for the next two weeks I will be gathering together my final notes and material on the Fab Four, Stravinsky, French Impressionists, the English Country House in Fiction and Film, and a variety of poets and songwriters and bands.
I hope you’re all keeping well and having better weather than we are in the UK – very cool so far. If you haven’t already, have a listen to my guitar album Atlantic Canticles which is now online.