Two months ago I wrote a blog in honor of Paul McCartney's award evening at the White House, and some interesting Austen connections....
...and so it is fitting I write another one today in honor of John Lennon's 70th birthday. I happen to be visiting my son in NYC this weekend, and so on impulse I walked up to Central Park West across from the Dakota, to see what was happening at Strawberry Fields today--it was very cool, must've been a crowd of nearly 1000 people there, and so it was
impossible to reach the memorial itself, but there was an impromptu chorus singing Beatles/ Lennon songs, and a lovely vibe, as people obviously from all over the world, young and old, were there, just to feel the moment.
And it was then that i decided to come up with a list of Beatles songs, with titles suitably altered as required, to fit Austen characters, in a way that would have pleased the wicked wit of both Jane Austen and John Lennon.
Here's my list, anyone who wants to add to it should feel free:
Mary Crawford and Edmund Bertram singing The Long And Winding Road
Mr. Woodhouse and Harriet Smith singing Vicarage Lane
Edward and Robert Ferrars singing Lucy in the Sky with Our Family Diamonds
Frank Churchill going solo on Magical Swisserland Tour
Henry Crawford singing Julia
Mr. Woodhouse taking an encore with I'm So Tired
and my personal favorite:
Emma and Mrs. Elton doing a raucous rending of Strawberry Feuds Forever
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