This is a guest post by author John Cherry. His new book Better Then Lennon has caused a great deal of disturbance in ‘the force’. You can read my review here, and if you are a Beatles fan you can listen in to our fascinating recent round table on discussing the age old question of who was the better musician, John Lennon or Paul McCartney – Simon
I admit a little surprise in the fact that one of Ringoâ€™s songs would appear here so quickly. The song is from Ringoâ€™s new CD â€œY Not,â€ released January 12th, and features a partial duet with Paul McCartney. â€œWalk With Youâ€ is a song about friendship.
Written by Ringo and Van Dyke Parks, the song is strong lyrically and musically, featuring fine violin work by the internationally acclaimed performer, Ann Marie Calhoun, who also appears on two others songs on the CD. Calhoun plays as a soloist in the excellent movie â€œSherlock Holmesâ€ that stars Robert Downey Jr.
McCartneyâ€™s part in â€œWalk With Youâ€ occurs on the chorus, as he, a note behind, echoes the words of Ringo, improving the song by 100%, according to Ringo. Paul was listening to the CD prior to release and offered the suggestion to join in on the song, a â€œgeniusâ€ move as described by Ringo. I admit that it sounds like a bit Beatle like on the chorus, no doubt part of the appeal for me.
Overall, the songs from the CD offer a good bit of variety, as Ringo is backed by an excellent group of musicians, including Edgar Winter, Joe Walsh and the group of Ben Harper and Relentless7. There is also superb keyboard work from Benmont Tench.
My personal favorites on the CD, outside of â€œWalk With Youâ€ are â€œMystery of the Nightâ€ and â€œTime.â€Â I would consider skipping the last track â€˜Whoâ€™s Your Daddy,â€ which features Joss Stone on lead vocal, and Ringo doing the chorus.
Ringo was the lone guest on â€œLate Night with Jimmy Fallonâ€ last night, the 13th, and performed two Beatle songs, along with â€œThe Other Side of Liverpoolâ€ and â€œWalk With You.â€ I have to admit hoping that Paul would surprise everyone by coming on to sing on the chorus of Walk,â€ but such was not the case. Harper did a nice job on the chorus as Paulâ€™s replacement.