Julian Lennon – Someday (single) – a short review

As I’ve already reviewed the previous release of the album, and have no means to obtain a new copy for review until well after it gets its American release, I figure I’ll have to settle with reviewing the first single from the US release:

Julian Lennon – Someday (featuring Steven Tyler)

The track opens with strings and acoustic guitars, with a kettle (or kick?) drum escorting in Tyler and backing vocalists (possibly including Julian Lennon, but I can’t swear to it) singing the chorus to Baby You’re A Rich Man, shortly followed by Julian starting the song itself, which is a very 1967-influenced lyric, and singing the bridges in harmony with Tyler, as well as the choruses, consisting of a strong droning groove on drum and bass surrounded by the orchestra and tablas. The refrain features Julian singing plaintively against strings and bass, which leads into a short instrumental and then returns to the chorus, and then to the outro, featuring some clever extemporizing on the lyric by Tyler, who winds up returning to the line about the Beautiful People, as the music fades away and makes room for the wall of vocals that ends the track.

Not very exact, but there’s the breakdown. Now, the impression:

It’s a gorgeous tune. I know there are probably some very uncharitable people who probably get off on dismissing Julian’s various Beatle-influenced numbers, ‘but I for one care not for them’. I think that, if there is anyone alive who has the right to dip into the well now and again, then Julian surely qualifies, in part because of his lineage, but mostly because he does it so very, very well.

The sentiment of the lyric (including snippets of the Beatles and Bob Marley) probably doesn’t jibe with the continuing waves of cynicism that proliferate in the press and all over the internet these days, everyone trying desperately to sound more clever than everyone else. I’m a fair bit jaded myself these days, but I come by it honestly, because I really an a dyed in the wool child of the 70s, growing up in a post-hippy household and socially-democratic society that wanted to change the world, but increasingly came to the conclusion that the world wasn’t ready for change. I still believe in all of that stuff, despite years of trial and colossal error. The world needs to awaken and heal, and it won’t start until enough people embrace their faith in a better, safer, healthier world, free from oppression and corporate pressure.

So what does that say about the song? Well, I think the song is poignant, potent, and necessary. I only hope more people, including young people, will give it a try and take it to heart. Because if there’s one thing we need now more than ever, it’s some faith in a better world, and the determination to make it so.

Thank you, Julian, and Happy Birthday.

Lee.

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