The Reif is bringing the lush sounds of Fab 6 Live@TheReif on Friday, Aug 11. (Get your tickets here,) Gary Rue, music director for the group has some great insight into the reason Fab 6 exists and why lovers of great music will want to make this show part of your experience.
In June of 2015, Jerry Gray (Fab 6 keyboardist) came to me and asked if I would put together and music direct a Beatle band. My first question was ‘Why another Beatle band?’ After all, haven’t we all had enough of the Beatles? Sure, they were great songwriters, but shouldn’t we all just musically move on? Besides, what would be the angle, beyond a vanity project?
In an attempt to answer this question, I’m going to write a series of bi-weekly posts on this subject (on the Reif Facebook Fab 6 event page link here) from now until day-of-show, August 11. Please take a moment and read…I hope the posts enlighten, or at least entertain, and as in writing music, it’s a way to get to the bottom of it all.
Why another Beatle Band?
Here’s why: Yes, the Beatles were brilliant, culturally significant, but I don’t think many of us realize how deeply imbedded this music is in the fabric of our lives.
I’ve performed for audiences for more than 50 years, and this pop phenomenon continues to astound me and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down. It is an endless love, it is a labor of love. And most importantly, it is an unrequited love because one can never get to the bottom of it. I’ve grown confident, over the years, in my ability to apply my skill as a writer, I think I’m pretty good at it, managed to (more or less) make a living at it since 1971 (I remember the time and place vividly), but anytime I think I’ve got it down, I think of Lennon and McCartney.