Today, one year ago, “Sexy Sadie Passed Away” was officially released, and it developed to be the best-known song of mine. It has reviews on several music blogs, it has been and still is played by a lot of internet radio stations, and even hopped into the charts here and there. (See below for more details.)
So, I thought it was about time to tell you the story behind the song.
It was in 2011, when I watched the documentary “David Wants to Fly” by David Sievekind on TV. In short, it revealed the Maharishi’s business model. I immediately thought of John Lennon’s disappointment, which he expressed in the Beatles song “Sexy Sadie”. Yes, he had his reasons to write lines like “you made a fool of everyone” or “we gave her everything we owned just to sit at her table”.
That night I had a dream. I stood near a river and I knew that place from another dream. This time there came two men towards me, and I recognised them as John Lennon and George Harrison, talking to each other. As they saw me, they stopped walking, looked at me, looked at each other and started to laugh. Then they looked at me again and sang “oh no, oh no, that’s no laughing matter”, looked at each other again and laughed, and this repeatedly. When my consciousness noticed what was going on, I woke up. What I am not sure of is if it was “oh no, oh no” or “oh no, Ono” or something.
Anyway, in the other dream it was Maurice and Robin Gibb singing “Words”.
I don’t want to bore you with musical details this time. (What shall I write in future articles?) Well, except the Indian thing. After having listened to the folk-rock instrumental over and over again, I thought, “And now? This can’t be everything.” So, I did some research on the internet to figure out what instruments are used in Indian music, and I found out that there are differences, for example between northern and southern Indian music. In the end, I sat 36 hours in one stretch to edit sitar sounds using midi to what you can hear in the song. No, I had no sitar player sitting in my living room.
Fortunately, I found Tom Bedlam, who delivered the vocals that I wanted for this tune. I cannot really stand the demo of this song where I gave myself a try.
Airplays as far as I remember without my notes: Big Indie Giant Radio, The Perfumed Allotment, Valley FM 89.5, Only Rock Radio, Mix Tape Radio International, Lonely Oak Radio, Moment of Eclection, 752.2 Radio, Radio TFSC, The Eclectic Storm, The JJ Kane All New Music Show, WKW 98.6 FM…I will complete this.
“Sadie’s” achievements: Number 1 on Big Indie Giant Radio, 6 weeks number 2 in The Perfumed Allotment Show (overall 3 months in their charts), number 28 on WKW 98.6 FM, and it is on several Spotify playlists.