Wednesday, 25 November 2009

White Album Redux: 2. Dear Prudence

After many months of unseasonably warm weather, winter has finally come to Winnipeg, and the reaction has, quite frankly, been mixed. Having green (or almost-green, or greenish-yellow) front yards in, say, mid-November stirred something deep and disquieting in our souls, made us feel uneasy -- but, on the other hand, we could actually go outside without donning a parka.

But we take it in stride, us Winnipeggers; we're used to being the butt of one too many weather jokes, especially when we go to Vancouver and it's just been -5o degrees Celsius in some areas of the province.

Still, it could be worse, we reason. We could be living in Saskatchewan.

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That sense of optimism is what I always think of when listening to "Dear Prudence", the second track off the White Album. Inspired by Mia Farrow's daughter Prudence (who stayed in her room reportedly meditating instead of enjoying the nice weather), the song was composed during the Beatles' stay with the Maharishi and has to be, in my opinion, one of their most popular songs, mostly for its cheerful and exuberant personality. I was even in a musical called Dear Prudence once, but that's another story.

For the 2007 movie Across the Universe (which you either loved or hated -- I loved it), "Dear Prudence" was reimagined as a slowly building anthem, driven by guitars and quiet atmospherics, and was played during a particularly visually stunning part of the film.

The song was cut short in the film, unfortunately, so I've decided to go with the studio version. Here's the cast of Across the Universe with "Dear Prudence".


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