"Because" on George Martin's IN MY LIFE
Reviewed by Vpa
IN MY LIFE is neither a Vanessa-Mae album nor
classical music, but what the hell, I'll review it anyway.
Some Vanessa-Mae fans might wonder whether or not
this album will be worthwhile for them, so hopefully this
section can help them decide.
What is IN MY LIFE?
Vanessa-Mae did a song on the new album IN
MY LIFE, which is by George Martin. George
Martin is a famous long-time producer, whose
work includes the Beatles, and this album is
re-arrangements of Beatles classics performed
by "friends and heroes" of George Martin for his
final farewell album.
Vanessa-Mae's song is very loosely based on
John Lennon's classic "Because". It opens with
a violin solo, then a chorus joins in, with a piano
and orchestra way in the background. It's a
beautiful song. In my opinion it is the best on
this album, but not one of Vanessa-Mae's best.
It was arranged by George Martin, not written by
Vanessa-Mae or even together with
Vanessa-Mae. It is a short song, like all of the
tracks on album. But it is a new Vanessa-Mae
song, not available elsewhere.
The notes say about this song: "Because" was a
strange song for John to write. He got the idea
from the arpeggios in Beethoven's 'Moonlight
Sonata' but the choral work was really classic
Beatles. It has all the ingredients of classical
music, so I decided to take it one step further,
writing it as a mini concerto for violin for
Vanessa Mae, one of the brightest young stars
in the world of music.
(Vanessa-Mae's name is misspelled "Vanessa
Mae" without the hyphen throughout the album
notes and cover.)
The Philadelphia Inquirer added that George Martin selected Vanessa-Mae over Nigel
Kennedy because "She's prettier."
The Rest of the Album
The 11 tracks consist of instrumentals by
Vanessa-Mae, rock guitarist Jeff Beck, and
classical guitarist John Williams; two purely
orchestral works of George Martin; two songs
by famous singers Celine Dion and Phil Collins;
and five tracks which are musical debuts of
famous actors Robin Williams, Goldie Hawn, Jim
Carrey, Billy Connolly, and Sean Connery.
The use of so many famous actors on a musical
album is unique. This are very familiar voices,
but we aren't used to hearing them sing! They're
not as bad as you might expect. Robin Williams
(accompanied by Bobby McFerrin) is
suprisingly good, although Sean Connery
shouldn't quit his day job. Four of the five are
known mostly as comedians, and they add comic
touches to the performances. Let's face it, the
lyrics of "I am a Walrus" cry out to be done by a
comedian. Of course the actors have a different
style than the professional singers Celine Dion
and Phil Collins.
Come Together - Robin Williams and Bobby
A Hard Day's Night - Goldie Hawn
A Day in the Life - Jeff Beck
Here There and Everywhere - Celine Dion
Because - Vanessa-Mae
I Am the Walrus - Jim Carrey
Here Comes the Sun - John Williams
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite - Billy
The Pepperland Suite - George Martin
Golden Slumbers, Carry that Weight, the End -
- Friends and Lovers - George Martin
In My Life - Sean Connery
First off, this is not a "must-buy" for all
Vanessa-Mae fans. If you think that Beatles
music is boring, it won't be worth the cost of the
album just to get three minutes of Vanessa-Mae
music. But if you like the Beatles at all, you will
be interested in this album.
The inlay notes have no photos of any of the
performers, only of George Martin and the
The album is quite short, less than 45 minutes.
They didn't print the total running time or the
track lengths in the packaging; maybe too
My second favorite track is Jeff Beck's "A Day
in the Life", which is also my favorite Beatles
song. His electric guitar takes the part which was
originally the lead vocals, as does
Vanessa-Mae's violin in "Because".
Byt the way, Vanessa-Mae also appeared in
Janet Jackson's album THE VELVET ROPE.