| |Help me if you can...
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to do a solo concert with my good friend, Phil Laeger
, at Christ Community Church
in Leawood, Kansas. One of the songs in which I have found a great deal of satisfaction is my cover version of "Help" by The Beatles, written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney.
| | The Beatles' original version
is quite different in mood and style, but I have always believed there was something deeper in the lyrics. As Mahalia Jackson once said, "Anyone singing the blues is in a deep pit crying for help." So for me, I felt the deep pit, the heart and soul of this song, could be better expressed in a gospel-blues style as it felt like a spiritual cry. "Please, please help me"
sounds so much more passionate and heartbreaking in a hard-hitting six. I imagine this is how Ray Charles might have considered doing it.
So here is my reinterpretation of The Beatles' iconic song in hopes that this new translation might become an alternate way of telling a better story...or at least my version.