Each Tuesday for four years from January 20, 2009 (the date of the inauguration of Barack Obama) to July 31, 2012 (the eve of the London Olympics), TBCOU uploaded a re-recorded version of an original song by The Beatles along with an essay discussing the recording. A ukulele is included in the arrangement of every song. Each song is performed by a different guest artist.
Artists featured include: Samantha Fox, Wang Chung, Nicki Richards, Victoria Vox, Gerald Ross, Jim Boggia, Cynthia Lennon, Elana Hayden, and many unsigned artists. The songs stop at those released by 1970, with no songs that first appeared on Anthology.
Consequently I filled areas of sound I wanted with anything I had to hand. The majority was done on a few keyboards, (Korg Sv1, Microkorg, Yamaha CS1X, vintage Bina Harmonium), various trumpets and horns, congas, percussion, tea cups, saucers and bits and bobs.
I hoped that it would develop an identity as it grew. Maybe a singular idea that would give it cohesion. And for a while it looked like it was going to be some sort of musical/zoological study, as animals seemed to feature more than once.
However, over the time period that this was made, we lost a few good friends and it dawned on me that the album had, largely, become a response to that indiscriminate plucking of life and the sense of loss that accompanies it.
Importantly it includes joy and I hope the overall feeling that is conveyed is one of thankfulness and playful positivity.