In part 28 of my youtube countdown, I present a 40 something Paul McCartney playing his Beatle classic, For No One, from the Revolver album. There are so many things I love about this performance. First of all, he’s playing one of his most gorgeous piano ballads on acoustic guitar, and its brilliant. I love how he musically clears his throat in the first 5 seconds when he starts singing. There is something very real and charming about that. I love how he starts his French Horn solo, announces it midway through, and jibbers his way through it. And lastly, I love every other second of this. He sings the song absolutely beautifully, providing wonderful little melodic twists not found in the original, and he sings the song with total soul. This is just one his greatest breakup songs. A universal anthem for guys who find themselves in the moment when they realize their girlfriends don’t love them anymore. I’m sure the song has other layered meanings for girls, but for me, I take it quite literally. Ladies, feel free to let me know how you interpret this song. Enjoy.
Tags: acoustic guitar, break ups, chamber pop, English music, English Rock, folk, folk rock, For No One, French Horn, George Harrison, heartbreak, John Lennon, Liverpool, Paul McCartney, Pop, Revolver, Ringo Starr, the Beatles, willie simpson