February 29, 2016 Leave a comment
“Leap Day” only comes around once every four years. The Grammys decided to stage their 1968 awards on Leap Day, and the album of the year was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This song was the crowning glory of that influential album, pieced together from disparate pieces from John and Paul.
The playing is astounding here. Much has been made of the final chord, a production trick of George Martin’s. But the piano is incredible, and Ringo’s drumming is much like another song of the same time, “Strawberry Fields Forever”. I love how the drumming doesn’t propel the song forward, but almost pulls it back.