I was in India, at five years old, when my life changed forever. "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why" spun out of our 45-rpm player and with our introduction to four lads from Liverpool, we knew life as we knew it would never be the same. Sometimes you have to get stopped dead in your tracks to really begin your journey. And from that time on I pledged to stay close to those mysterious "wings" the Beatles' music gave me that day.
There is simply no way to improve on how the Beatles performed this music in its original form or deliver it better than it was originally given to the world. But we can celebrate it again and again: on a banged up acoustic guitar, with a string section, or with technology that the Beatles might have imagined, but did not have when they caught miracles on a four-track recorder. We let our imaginations run with these Beatle songs. If we don't disappoint or thrill, offend or gratify anyone in the process, I will be surprised. I will take comfort in knowing it will have been because the music of the Beatles will always matter in a world forever searching for the heart of the matter.
Thanks to The Beatles... and the mothers and fathers of generations who picked up string, wood and bone and strummed them across the universe to make a sound, showing us a road, and giving us rhythms to walk and dance by. It's this music we celebrate, reminding us that what makes us ONE in the time that we live is our need for the timeless.
Joining Peter Mayer are many world-class musicians who have contributed their talents to this project: Jim Mayer, Roger Guth, Jimmy Buffett, Glenn Worf, R. Scott Bryan, Michael Utley, Chris Walters, Mark Holland, Jeff Taylor, Mac McAnally, Jim Feist, Dan Rubright, Nadirah Shakoor, Tina Gullickson, Robert Greenidge, and an array of fantastic strings players, including Maggie Estes.