A Trip Through Strawberry Fields

Monday, December 5, 2011

In early 1967, the Beatles released a groundbreaking single — John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” backed by Paul McCartney’s “Penny Lane.” In its music, lyrics, arrangement, and subject matter, “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” was a large step forward for the Beatles and for all of popular music.

In “A Trip Through Strawberry Fields”,producer and composer Scott Freiman explores the creation of these two masterpieces with special attention to the evolution of the songs from demos to final recordings, including rare audio and video clips from the studio sessions. The presentation also includes an in-depth look at Sgt. Pepper’s “A Day In The Life” — one of the Beatles’ most remarkable achievements. This revelatory, 90-minute journey into a classic is one of several in Freiman’s “Deconstructing the Beatles” lecture series.

“As a composer and producer, I have always been fascinated by the Beatles innovations in songwriting and recording,” said Freiman. “It is truly exciting to listen to songs we know so well evolve from a home demo to a finished recording. There’s a reason why the Beatles’ music continues to strike a chord with new generations of fans, 40 years after their last recording.”

Scott Freiman combines his knowledge of The Beatles with a career as a composer, producer and educator. His original music has been featured in award-winning films and performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Freiman is the owner of Second Act Studio, a state-of-the-art music and video studio for composition, recording and production. More information about his Beatles Lectures is available at