Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Songs vs Bombs at the Boston Marathon

Dear Readers,

I had sent something to Andrew Sandoval (author of Monkees, Day By Day) a few months ago, when I started the blog. He was very encouraging.  Plus, he is also co-producing Peter's show, "In This Generation".

Anyway, I had a vision/idea/aural fantasy about an alternate performance of "For Pete's Sake" and wanted to put it out into the world.  I don't know if he would even consider doing it this way in his solo tour.  But I'd love to get an audience together to sing it TO him.

I put it all in a letter to Andrew Sandoval.  And then decided to post it here.


Dear Andrew Sandoval,

Yesterday, I was on the subway in NYC, and an arrangement for "For Pete's Sake" came into my head and I couldn't stop singing it to myself.  I don't know why, I haven't heard it recently, but it stayed with me and wouldn't let me go.  When I got off, I realized it was exactly when the bombings in Boston were happening (I grew up there and knew a LOT of people who were there and nearby).

But I heard it as a CANON, sung acapella and adagio by a chorus of mostly women's voices. 

The lead singer (could be Peter, but not necessarily) should divide the audience into 2 sections and begin:

Love is understanding
Don't you know that this is true.
Love is understanding.
It's in Everything we do.


Cues Group A:
Love is Understanding . . .

Leader continues:
In this generation
In this lovin time
In this generation
We will make the world shine


Leader begins again and cues Group B to join:
Love is understanding . . .

Group A continues:
In this generation . . .


Cues Group A:
Love is Understanding . . .

Leader continues:
In this generation . . .


Leader and both Groups together:

We were born to Love one another
This is something we all need
We were born to Love one another
We must be what we're goin to be
And what we have to be is free.

Group A begins singing from the beginning on the second "Love"
Love is understanding . . .

Leader and Group B continue and sing another round.


Anyway, that's the idea.  I don't know how all this stuff works, intellectual-property-wise, or if Peter is even open to reading this sort of stuff from a random fan/blogger/groupie.  He knows me by name and is probably sick of me.

Take this as a gift, do what you will with it.  (Or not, sharing this vision of it is something I had to do)

If nothing else, it means a lot to ME that I was singing a song of peace exactly at the time the bombings happened.  And Peter's probably heard it a million times, but that song is still alive and relevant and important.

I'll be at the NYC shows.  Keep singing and listening and bringing music to people!!  You are doing GOOD, GOOD work for this world!

Yours very sincerely,

Tammy Rose

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