Multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Sananda Maitreya joined host Kenneth Womack to speak about his new album “Pandora’s PlayHouse,” how the Beatles had been “ordained by God” and way more on “Everything Fab Four,” a podcast co-produced by me and Womack (a music scholar who also writes about pop music for Salon) and distributed by Salon.
Maitreya (previously recognized by the stage identify Terence Trent D’Arby) had a string of hits within the late ’80s from his album “Introducing the Hardline,” together with “Signal Your Identify” and “Wishing Nicely.” However as he tells Ken Womack, his musical journey really started a lot earlier. Because the son of singer Frances Howard, he was initially solely allowed to take heed to gospel music — that’s, till the Beatles arrived within the U.S. in 1964.
“Songs like ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Need to Maintain Your Hand’ had been so ubiquitous,” he says. “I used to be spiritually woke up. I needed to be a Beatle.” He additionally explains to Womack that one of many causes he needed to visitor on “Every little thing Fab 4” was to “unburden my nice debt to them. I am very, very grateful they confirmed up.”
The primary instrument Maitreya performed was the drums at age two, shifting on to keyboards by six and acoustic guitar at eight. As he says, “the Beatles made taking part in guitar appear like one thing that was important to at least one’s being.” And particularly, he calls George Harrison “a seminal affect,” describing his taking part in as “completely suiting the wants of the track versus the ego of the guitarist. George by no means ‘outsmarted’ the music – he was a really tasteful participant. I used to be closely, closely influenced by him.”
Maitreya additionally relays a narrative of an opportunity assembly with Harrison at a cocktail celebration (the place Don Henley, Tom Petty and extra had been additionally in attendance), and a mystical second they shared that night time. “George was not only a masterful musician. He was one thing of one other order.”
However as for all of the Beatles, he says, “there was a humanity, a soul about them. They used their expertise to bless and enlighten these round them.” Maitreya goals to do the identical along with his newest album, “Pandora’s PlayHouse,” which features a tribute to the late Prince, in addition to songs comparable to “Do not Break My Balls” and “One Horse City”:
He says he frequently “petitions” his heroes and idols when making music, however no person comes near the Beatles for him. “They had been always shifting, always increasing, always pushing. A part of the mission of the Beatles was to spawn extra Beatles. That was their job,” he explains. “That is what saints at all times do.”
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“Every little thing Fab 4” is distributed by Salon. Host Kenneth Womack is the writer of a two-volume biography on Beatles producer George Martin, the bestselling e book “Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles,” and most not too long ago “John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days in the Life.”