A couple of nights back, I posted my video cover of Paul McCartney’s “I Will” (from the Beatles “White” Album. Along with the video upload, I also wrote a little piece to say that Reformed people (like myself) are not necessarily terribly serious all the time. There are many sides to us, just as there’s many aspects to most of us, but whether you’ll enjoy all the “sides” is determined by whose side you’re on, and also, by the size of your appetite. Drum roll, hit the high hat. OK, so Reformed folk try to be funny sometimes… doesn’t always work.
Anyway, so when I posted “I Will” a commenter said they loved “Scrambled Eggs”. A rather strange comment, but knowing Beatles folklore I knew what they really meant is that they like Paul McCartney’s most famous song, “Yesterday (a tune whose working title, pre-lyric, was, you guessed it, “Scrambled Eggs”). The comment seemed a coy, indirect way of saying, “please record and post “Yesterday”, reformed dude!” I confirmed that indeed this is what they wanted, and since I really like the tune and I’m eager to please; also, I want to practice making videos of me singing covers; I have now recorded my version of Yesterday, again using my cell phone videocam. This time, I did add a bit of effects to the video/audio to enhance the quality. So without further delay and cutting short these somewhat silly verbal preliminaries, I present to you, “Yesterday”, sung by me, Alex Jordan, on my Taylor acoustic.
Readers of this blog who don’t know me too well probably think I’m very, very serious all the time, because I write on heavy topics like “hell”, I’m studying Reformed theology and seem to enjoy theological debates and quoting Scripture. Well, I won’t deny that I have a serious side to my personality– we should be serious about serious topics! But honestly, I’m really rather silly (when no one is looking) or at home, joking around with my wife (uh oh, this is sounding like Ann Romney’s speech last night about her husband Mitt Romney— how he’s so serious in public but in private makes her laugh all the time… it was a great speech, by the way). Anyway, my wife could testify that I am quite the clown and that my humor is even a bit strange sometimes.
All that to say that I think sometimes we all get stereotyped because folks may know only one facet or aspect of one’s personality. But all of us are more complex and interesting than that; we can’t be defined by just one thing. And especially in the Internet age, you may be able to know something of what makes me tick from reading this blog, but of course this blog is just a public persona I present and of course doesn’t encapsulate who I am as a person. On the other hand, I am trying to make this blog more reflective of my total personality, and I think reformed theology at its best is wholistic and tries to deal with man in his totality. Anyway, here I am getting all serious again.
Today I want to share another side of myself– the musical side. I am a Beatles music fan and to some that may seem out of place for one who professes to be a reformed Christian. But I like the Beatles for their music. I’m not following them in their philosophy, some of which I agree with and some of which I don’t. I think talent is a gift from God, and I have always admired Paul McCartney’s way with a tune, which has inspired me in my own songwriting. Anyway I have been meaning to post videos of songs (both original and covers), and keep procrastinating about it. So tonight I just decided to record and post a quickie video of me singing Paul McCartney’s song “I Will”, from the Beatles’ White Album. I recorded it using my Samsung Galaxy SII phone, and the results were not bad considering it’s just a phone. For future videos I’ll be experimenting with better devices for recording both the audio and video, but right now, without further ado, may I present you my rendition of “I Will”. Hope I “pass the audition”, as John L. once quipped.