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Guy Mintus

Let It Be

 

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For this item you need to be able to stop for ten minutes.

We are often moving on to the next job, the next meeting, scrolling down social media, taking the next call ......'Time Out Ten' asks you to stop for ten minutes and listen to a particular piece of music; to find a time when you won't be interrupted, when you can put in/on your headphones and chill out. Ten minutes isn't long.

 

My mother-in-law has a saying for 'Let it be' that I had not heard before: "Put it on a peg and leave it there".

Of course, Let It Be was the title track of the 12th and final studio album by the Beatles. It was released on 8th  May 1970, almost a month after the group's break-up, in tandem with the documentary of the same name.

"When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me ... there will be an answer, let it be."

Paul McCartney said he had the idea of "Let It Be" after he had a dream about his mother during a tense period in 1968. His mother, Mary Patricia McCartney died of cancer in 1956, when he was fourteen. Paul later said: "It was great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing 'Let It Be'." In a later interview he said about the dream that his mother had told him, "It will be all right, just let it be." When asked if the phrase "Mother Mary" in the song referred to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, he typically replied that 'listeners can interpret the song however they like'.

I guess we all have our 'mother Marys', whether that is a partner, a colleague, a friend, a teacher, or just that voice in your head that says "step back and leave it for a while and then come back to it with a fresh look ..."

So - "put it on a peg and leave it there" for ten minutes and take time out to listen to pianist Guy Mintus playing Let It Be. Guy is an Israeli pianist and composer. Coming from a mixed heritage of Iraqi, Moroccan and Polish Jews, he is based between Tel Aviv and New York. Equally at home whether he’s sharing the stage with jazz legends, composing for classical orchestras, collaborating with masters of traditional music, working with kids or guesting as a soloist with Ska-Punk band Streetlight Manifesto. He recently released a semi-viral musical short film called “Can You Tell the Difference?”, shot at various Jewish-Arab primary schools in Israel that support the idea of coexistence.

 

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Listen to Let It Be.

 

 

 

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on 'til tomorrow
Let it be

I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be,

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
There will be an answer
Let it be

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