Today you are going to hear me play Carry that Weight, by The Beatles.
This particular song is on the Abbey Road album and is part of a fabulous eight-song medley on side B. Carry that Weight is number seven out of eight in the medley. Abbey Road is my favorite album by The Beatles.
I started this song during quarantine. I missed piano lessons for three months or so. I got kind of bored of the songs I was playing so I decided to learn to play this one on my own. I got pretty far, but once my teacher came back she helped me finish it up.
I am thinking of learning the entire medley so I can play it all the way through, since it is so pretty together, I think that would be a fun challenge. Here are the songs: "You Never Give Me Your Money," "Sun King," "Mean Mr. Musturd," "Polythene Pam," "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," "Golden Slumbers," "Carry that Weight," and finally, "The End".
When I researched Carry that Weight this is what I found out: Music critic Ian McDonald interpreted the lyrics as an acknowledgment by the group that nothing they would do as individual artists would equal what they had achieved together and they would always carry the weight of their Beatles' past. McCartney said the song was about the Beatles' business difficulties and the atmosphere at Apple at the time. In the film Imagine: John Lennon, Lennon says that McCartney was "singing about all of us".
I now play the song by memory, although not perfectly. Which song in the medley is your favorite and would you like me to learn next? You can write your response in the comments section below or email us and let us know.
So without further ado, here is Carry That Weight, by The Beatles.
Thank you for reading my blog post. I hope you enjoyed my performance.