RIP Sir George Martin

Sir-George-Martin-with-the-BeatlesSir George Martin has died.

It’s difficult to measure his influence. Growing up I hardly listened to popular music until I was introduced to The Beatles as a teenager. The first time I heard his horn arrangement in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band I think I nearly fainted. I joined a Beatles cover band and the records he produced defined my high school years. He taught me it was okay to cross the line between “classical” and “popular” music. Like Mozart and Monteverdi, he influenced my decision to pursue a career in music.

As producer he made the greatest rock band of all time better. His orchestrations masterfully colored the songs of Lennon and McCartney without overshadowing them. His creative studio techniques changed the sound of popular music. It was no longer enough for a recording to merely mimic a live performance. Under his influence the record became a separate and sometimes superior work of art. He elevated the role of producer from technician to artist.

History will cite George Martin as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Rest in peace Sir George Martin. Your music will never be forgotten.

-Joel Nesvadba

March 09, 2017

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