Watch classical guitarist and composer, Tye Austin perform his own arrangement of Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles, at the John Lennon Memorial in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields. Easily the most influential work in the psychedelic rock genre, John Lennon considered this song to be his single greatest contribution to The Beatles. The original recording, released in February of 1967, was a combination of two separate tracks, each with different tempos, keys, and mixed-meter time signatures. It was one of the first pop songs to employ reverse-recording instrumentation, tape loops, and a fade-in/fade-out coda. The Beatle’s producer, George Martin arranged additional instrumentation for mellotron, cello, brass, and an Indian swarmandal to enhance the psychedelic theme of the work.
Tye decided to arrange this song for solo guitar while visiting John Lennon’s Memorial in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields for the first time. Coincidentally, Tye’s first NYC apartment was located across the street from Strawberry Fields and the Dakota Building, where John Lennon used to live. This video was independently filmed, edited, and produced by Tye Austin and Niko Kuhn a few yards from the doorsteps of both John Lennon and Tye Austin.