The Beatles were alive and well and hanging out at the Elkin Public Library Saturday, or it seemed that way as Aaron Krerowicz presented a Beatles lecture full of clips, quotes and insights so thorough it was as though he had known John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Although this 31-year old could not have experienced Beatlemania for himself, he has been able to make a career out of his appreciation for the band, their personalities and their music. With several degrees in music theory and composition, Krerowicz was able to get a research grant through the University of Hartford to study the Beatles, which has led to a blog, several books including his most recent, “Days in the Life: A Father and Son on a Beatles Tour,” and such lectures as The Beatles’ Alter Ego: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
As a professional Beatles scholar, Krerowicz makes most of his income through his lectures. “In June 2015 I did 250 gigs in 30 states,” claimed Krerowicz, who first spoke at the Elkin Public Library on Feb. 13, 2016, when he presented The Beatles: Band of the Sixites.
According to Nowalk, “In the 13 months since, he has spoken 162 more times in 24 states and created a series of original Beatles drawings,” as well as written his fourth book with a plan to release two more in May.
In Saturday’s lecture, Krerowicz walked the audience through the Sgt. Pepper’s album revealing techniques in production as well as discussing difference in writing styles and abilities that created the unique album.
Just in one song alone Krerowicz was able to enlighten even the most experienced Beatles fans in the audience. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! contains a musical collage the story of which was only slightly more interesting than hearing clips of John Lennon discus how he felt like the creation of the song was without effort on his part. “It’s appropriate that a song written from a [Victorian] poster was supplemented by a styles of song [waltz] that was popular at the same time,” alleged Krerowicz.
The audience may not have been as large for this lecture as for last year’s however the audience was both well entertained and well educated. “I thought it was very informative,” said Laura Garing. “I did get to live through [Beatlemania] so I was eager to hear about it. What they did in the studio and what they did musically with the different techniques was really neat to hear about.”
“I thought it was a really good mix of audio and visual,” stated Nowalk, who appreciated the contribution from the Friends of the Elkin Library for making the lecture possible.
“My favorite part is the questions afterward,” noted Krerowicz, “because it’s unscripted. People usually ask me about their drug use. That’s one aspect of Beatle’s music I have yet to explore.”
More information on Aaron Krerowicz including his blogs, The Beatles Minute, his lecture schedule and how to purchase his books can be found at aaronkrerowicz.com.
Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., the library will hold an Author Meet and Greet with 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis, who is the keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Davis will be making a through hike on the MST over the summer.
To reserve a spot for the Author Meet and Greet, call 336-835-5586 or e-mail Kasey Nowalk at [email protected] Keep track of what else is coming to the Elkin Public Library go to facebook.com/Elkin-Public-Library-348138948558054/.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.