“OBLADI, OBLADA:” BEATLES RETURN TO EAGLE’S NEST

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Some pretty extraordinary things are happening at the “music studio” of Eagle’s Nest these days. This afternoon, for example, I was practicing some difficult classical piano piece I have not played in a long time. Just to make sure I don’t lose the touch.

Then I started experimenting with various orchestral rhythms on my Clavinova. When I got into Orchestral March, suddenly I found my fingers playing the Beatles 1968 hit “Obladi, Oblada.”  In the German “oom-pah-pah” style. 🙂

I was stunned. I don’t recall ever playing this Beatles song before. Yet the music sounded as if I have been doing it forever.

I quickly stuck my memory stick into the USB port of the Clavinova, and started recording my improvisation. Here’s the result, after some minor editing.

Total elapsed time – from inspiration to recording – less than five minutes! Extraordinary.  I must have been playing this song in my youth in dreamtime, as I do not recall doing it consciously.

“OBLADI, OBLADA” – by ALTZAR – Music Video version

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LYRICS: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
Desmond has a barrow in the market place
Molly is the singer in a band
Desmond says to Molly “girl I like your face”
And Molly says this as she takes him by the handOb-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on
Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes onDesmond takes a trolley to the jewellers stores
Buys a twenty carat golden ring (Golden ring?)
Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door
And as he gives it to her she begins to sing (Sing)Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on
Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on, yeah (No)In a couple of years they have built
A home sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones
(Ah ha ha ha ha ha)Happy ever after in the market place
Desmond lets the children lend a hand (Arm! Leg!)
Molly stays at home and does her pretty face
And in the evening she still sings it with the bandYes, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on (Ha ha ha)
Hey, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on

In a couple of years they have built
A home sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard
Of Desmond and Molly Jones
(Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha)

Yeah, happy ever after in the market place
Molly lets the children lend a hand (Foot!)
Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face
And in the evening she’s a singer with the band

Yeah, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on
Yeah, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
La-la how the life goes on

And if you want some fun
Take ob-la-di ob-la-da

(Thank you, uh, ha ha ha!)

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