I briefly posted my version of “Everything Must Change” yesterday, prior to promptly removing it from the public eye upon recognition of bloopers too big to bear widespread disclosure.
Specifically, I kept forgetting during my improv around the standard changes to enter into the repeated modulating passage that precedes the signature hook. Anyone who knew the correct changes could easily raise their voice in justifiable objection. So I had to remove the rendition before any further foreseen damage could be effected.
I’m headed up to the church at this moment, confident in my capacity to create a conducive restoration of the formerly misshapen theme. So convinced am I in my competence to thereof, that I even have dared to announce it beforehand, though one knows not what the future brings.
The piece had been on my mind for two reasons. One is that it seems fitting in this time of temporal transition, with Good Friday representing the power of Christ’s sacrificial love, wherein there is a death to the flesh in its formerly all-inclusive nature, to be followed by a promised rebirth of a far more transcendent form of life. “Everything Must Change” can be said to embody this theme, in its core essence.
A second reason is that its chord progression resembles that of another piece that had crossed my mind recently; and that, in fact, I had already performed on a video recording. “All in Love is Fair” is a song by Stevie Wonder that was popularized in roughly the same era as “Everything Must Change.” Their chord progressions are similar though not identical. My mind, while improvising around the progression to “Everything Must Change,” kept forgetting which tune it was that I was supposed to be embellishing. Many odd short-circuitries of mortal mental prowess transpired. The upshot was a failure to honor the essence of either piece. A reconstruction of said construction is therefore in order.
That’s about it! I’d hesitated to offer what might be interpreted as a mere disclaimer — but then I had a hunch that the explanatory information might be useful to someone, on some level. I’ll be back within a few hours.