John Lennon and Beethoven

Do you know how John Lennon wrote the song “Because”? His wife, Yoko Ono, was playing Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on piano and Lennon asked her, “What would those chords sound like if you played them backwards?” He must have liked what she then played, because it became one of his greatest songs. Once you know where he got the idea from, you begin to notice the similarities between the 2 pieces: same key (C#m), similar tempo, and arpeggiated chords supporting a slow, sustained melody.

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