FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE PART 84 (Breaking down the song “When I’m Sixty-Four”Part A) Featured Photographer is Annie Leibovitz


I think it is revolutionary for a 18 year old Paul McCartney to write a song about an old person nearing death. This demonstrates that the Beatles did really think about the process of life and its challenges from birth to day in a  complete way and the possible answer. Solomon does that too in the Book of Ecclesiastes when he looks at life UNDER THE SUN.  I am going to spend two posts looking at this song WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR and break it down.

Why did Paul write a song about an old person nearing death called WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR in 1961 when he was 18 years old? “When I get older losing my hair…Will you still need me, will you still feed me, When I’m sixty-four?,  You’ll be older too…Yours sincerely, wasting away..” Maybe one reason was that he lost his mother at a young age.

Paul’s friend Johnny Cash in 2001 was filmed by the famous photographer Annie Leibovitz (who I am featuring in today’s post). Below I have posted a portion of the article, “From Annie Leibovitz: Life, and Death, Examined,” by JANNY SCOTT,  October 6, 2006. The ironic thing to me is that Johnny Cash’s last two song video’s pointed out that Christ is the only answer to the problem of death, pain and suffering and that repentance is the only way to get God’s forgiveness for sin or else you are heading toward a sure judgement.  I hope both McCartney and Leibovitz will find that the answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived and he said at the end of his life, “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

When I’m Sixty-Four- The Beatles

The song WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR appeared on the album SGT. PEPPER’S and that is the reason I have included the 27 minute  episode THE AGE OF NONREASON by Francis Schaeffer. In that video Schaeffer noted,  ” Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band…for a time it became the rallying cry for young people throughout the world. It expressed the essence of their lives, thoughts and their feelings.” I think that even in the 1960’s when many young people thought they were indestructible the Beatles touched on the subject of death in their songs A DAY IN THE LIFE  and WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR on the album SGT. PEPPER’S where on the cover there is a scene of the Beatles’ own burial.   

How Should We then Live Episode 7 

The Beatles – When I’m Sixty-Four

When I’m Sixty-Four

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For the 2004 television film, see When I’m 64 (television film).
“When I’m Sixty-Four”
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The 1996 US jukebox single release of the song, as the B-side to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Song by the Beatles from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Released 1 June 1967
Recorded 6–21 December 1966,
EMI Studios, London
Length 2:37
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandtrack listing

When I’m Sixty-Four” is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney[3][4] (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released in 1967 on their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.


The song is sung by a young man to his lover, and is about his plans of growing old together with her. Although the theme is ageing, it was one of the first songs McCartney wrote, when he was only 16.[3] It was on the Beatles playlist in their early days as a song to perform when the amplifiers broke down or the electricity went off.[5][6] Both George Martin and Mark Lewisohn speculated that McCartney may have thought of the song when recording began for Sgt. Pepper in December 1966 because his father turned 64 earlier that year.[5][6]

Lennon said of the song, “Paul wrote it in the Cavern days. We just stuck a few more words on it like ‘grandchildren on your knee’ and ‘Vera, Chuck and Dave’ … this was just one that was quite a hit with us.”[7] In his 1980 interview for Playboy he said, “I would never even dream of writing a song like that.”[4]


A clarinet trio (two B-flat soprano clarinets and a bass clarinet) is featured prominently in the song, unusual in most music genres, but particularly in the context of rock and roll. Scored by Martin, he said they were added at McCartney’s request to “get around the lurking schmaltz factor” by using the clarinets “in a classical way.”[6] In the song’s final verse, the clarinet is played in harmony with McCartney’s vocal: an unusual method of harmonisation, especially in 1967. Supporting instruments include the piano, bass, drum set, tubular bells, and electric guitar.


The song was recorded on 6 December 1966, during one of the first sessions for the as-yet-unnamed album that became Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. There were multiple overdub sessions, including the lead vocal by McCartney on 8 December and backing vocals by McCartney, Lennon, and George Harrison on 20 December. The clarinets were recorded on 21 December.[8]

The song is in the key of D-flat major. Recorded in C major, the master take was sped up to raise the key by one semitone at the insistence of McCartney. Martin remembers that McCartney suggested this change to make his voice sound younger.[9] McCartney says, “I wanted to appear younger, but that was just to make it more rooty-tooty; just lift the key because it was starting to sound turgid.”[3]


The song was nearly released on a single as the B-side of either “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “Penny Lane“, but instead it was decided to put out a double-A-sided-disc of those two and include “When I’m Sixty-Four” on the Sgt. Pepper album.[10]

Cultural references[edit]

  • McCartney’s children recorded a special version of “When I’m Sixty-Four” at Abbey Road Studios as a surprise present for McCartney’s 64th birthday in June 2006, and played it for him at his birthday party. They changed the lyrics to fit the occasion with the help of Giles Martin. At the time, by unfortunate coincidence, McCartney was recently separated from his second wife, Heather Mills; they later divorced. [13][14]



Featured Photographer today is Annie Leibovitz



John Lennon with a Kodak Instamatic by Annie Leibovitz


Annie Leibovitz and Jann S. Wenner in the Rolling Stone offices at 625 Third Street in San Francisco. 1973. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.




Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, March 28, 2007. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.




Obama Family Portrait Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Annie Leibovitz
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Leibovitz in February 2008
Born Anna-Lou Leibovitz
October 2, 1949 (age 65)
Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Education San Francisco Art Institute
Known for Photography

Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz (/ˈlbəvɪts/; born October 2, 1949) is an Americanportraitphotographer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on October 2, 1949,[1] Anna-Lou Leibovitz is the third of six children of Marilyn Edith (née Heit) and Samuel Leibovitz.[2] She is a third-generation American; her father’s parents were Romanian Jews.[2] Her mother was a modern dance instructor of EstonianJewish heritage. Her father was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. The family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments, and she took her first pictures when he was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.[3]

At Northwood High School,[4] she became interested in various artistic endeavors and began to write and play music. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute,[4] where she studied painting. For several years, she continued to develop her photography skills while holding various jobs, including a stint on a kibbutz in Amir, Israel, for several months in 1969.[5]


Rolling Stone magazine[edit]

When Leibovitz returned to the United States in 1970, she started her career as staff photographer, working for the just launched Rolling Stone magazine. In 1973, publisher Jann Wenner named Leibovitz chief photographer of Rolling Stone, a job she would hold for 10 years. Leibovitz worked for the magazine until 1983, and her intimate photographs of celebrities helped define the Rolling Stone look.[5]

While working for Rolling Stone, Leibovitz became more aware of the other magazines and learned that she could work for magazines and still create personal work, which for her was the most important.[citation needed] She sought intimate moments with her subjects, who “open their hearts and souls and lives to you”. [6]

She was awarded The Royal Photographic Society‘s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 2009.[citation needed]


Photographers such as Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson influenced her during her time at the San Francisco Art Institute. “Their style of personal reportage—taken in a graphic way—was what we were taught to emulate.”[6] Leibovitz has also cited Richard Avedon‘s portraits as an important and powerful example in her life.[citation needed]

The Rolling Stones[edit]

Leibovitz photographed the Rolling Stones in San Francisco in 1971 and 1972, and served as the concert-tour photographer for Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas ’75. Her favorite photo from the tour was a photo of Mick Jagger in an elevator.[7]

Joan Armatrading[edit]

In 1978 Leibovitz became the first woman to photograph Joan Armatrading for an album. She did the photography for Armatrading’s fifth studio album To the Limit, spending four days at her house capturing the images.[8] Liebovitz also did the photography for Armatrading’s live album, Steppin’ Out.[citation needed]

John Lennon[edit]

On December 8, 1980, Leibovitz had a photo shoot with John Lennon for Rolling Stone, and she promised him he would make the cover.[9] She had initially tried to get a picture with just Lennon alone, as Rolling Stone wanted, but Lennon insisted that both he and Yoko Ono be on the cover. Leibovitz then tried to re-create something like the kissing scene from the couple’s Double Fantasy1980 album cover, a picture Liebovitz loved, and she had John remove his clothes and curl up next to Yoko on the floor. Leibovitz recalls, “What is interesting is she said she’d take her top off and I said, ‘Leave everything on’ — not really preconceiving the picture at all. Then he curled up next to her and it was very, very strong. You couldn’t help but feel that he was cold and he looked like he was clinging on to her. I think it was amazing to look at the first Polaroid and they were both very excited. John said, ‘You’ve captured our relationship exactly. Promise me it’ll be on the cover.’ I looked him in the eye and we shook on it.”[10] Leibovitz was the last person to professionally photograph Lennon—he was shot and killed five hours later.[11]

The photograph was subsequently re-created in 2009 by John and Yoko’s son Sean Lennon, posing with his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, with male/female roles reversed (Sean clothed, Kemp naked),[12][13] and by Henry Bond and Sam Taylor-Wood in their YBA pastiche October 26, 1993.[14]

In 2011, Leibovitz was nominated alongside Singaporean photographer Dominic Khoo and Wing Shya for Asia Pacific Photographer of the Year.[citation needed]

From Vanity Fair: “For many of New York journalism’s future luminaries—and at least one of Hollywood’s—the strike created an opening for their more literary pursuits. From left to right, Robert Silvers, Calvin Trillin, Nora Ephron, Gay Talese, Pete Hamill, Tom Wolfe, and Jimmy Breslin, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.”

Other projects[edit]

  • In the 1980s, Leibovitz’s new style of lighting and use of bold colors and poses got her a position with Vanity Fair magazine.[15]
  • In 1991, Leibovitz mounted an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. She was the second living portraitist and first woman to show there.[11]
  • In 1991, Leibovitz had been made Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.[11]
  • In 2007, major retrospective of Leibovitz’s work was held at the Brooklyn Museum,[16] The retrospective was based on her book, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005 and included many of her professional (celebrity) photographs as well as numerous personal photographs of her family, children, and partner Susan Sontag. This show, which was expanded to include three of the official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, then went on the road for seven stops. It was on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from October 2007 to January 2008 and at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from March 2008 to May 2008. In February 2009, the exhibition was moved to Berlin, Germany.[17] The show included 200 photographs.[18] At the exhibition, Leibovitz showed that she doesn’t have two lives, career and personal, but has one wherein assignments and personal pictures are all part of her works. This exhibition and her talk focused on her personal photographs and life.[citation needed]
  • In 2007, The BBC misrepresented Leibovitz’s portrait shooting of Queen Elizabeth II, to take the Queen’s official picture for her state visit to Virginia. This was filmed for the BBC documentary A Year with the Queen. A promotional trailer for the film showed the Queen reacting angrily to Leibovitz’s suggestion (“less dressy”) that she remove her tiara, then a scene of the Queen walking down a corridor, telling an aide “I’m not changing anything. I’ve had enough dressing like this, thank you very much.”[19] The BBC later apologized and admitted that the sequence of events had been misrepresented, as the Queen was in fact walking to the sitting in the second scene.[20] This led to a BBC scandal and a shake-up of ethics training.
  • In 2007, The Walt Disney Company hired her to do a series of photographs with celebrities in various roles and scenes for the Walt Disney Parks and ResortsYear of a Million Dreams” campaign.[21][22] Leibovitz claims she never liked the word “celebrity”. “I’ve always been more interested in what they do than who they are, I hope that my photographs reflect that.” She tries to receive a little piece of each subject’s personality in the photos.[6]
  • On April 25, 2008, Entertainment Tonight reported that 15-year-old Miley Cyrus had posed topless for a photo shoot with Vanity Fair.[23][24] The photograph and subsequently released behind-the-scenes photographs show Cyrus topless, her bare back exposed but her front covered with a bedsheet. The photo was taken by Leibovitz.[25] The full photograph was published with an accompanying story on The New York Times website on April 27, 2008. On April 29, 2008,The New York Times clarified: though the pictures left an impression that she was bare-breasted, Cyrus was wrapped in a bedsheet and was actually not topless.[26] Some parents expressed outrage at the nature of the photograph, which a Disney spokesperson described as “a situation [that] was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines”.[26]

    In response to the Internet circulation of the photo and ensuing media attention, Cyrus released a statement of apology on April 27:

    “I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”[26]

    Leibovitz also released a statement saying:

    “I’m sorry that my portrait of Miley has been misinterpreted. … The photograph is a simple, classic portrait, shot with very little makeup, and I think it is very beautiful.”[26][27]

  • In October 2011, Leibovitz had an exhibit in Moscow. In an interview with Rossiya 24, she explained her photography style.[28]
  • In 2014, the New-York Historical Society mounted an exhibit of Leibovitz’s work, based on her 2011 book, Pilgrimages.[29]


Since 1977, Leibovitz licensing images have been represented by Contact Press Images, a photojournalism agency based in New York City. She ceased to be represented by Jim Moffat at A Corporation for Art & Commerce in 2009.

Personal life[edit]


Leibovitz has three children. Her daughter Sarah Cameron Leibovitz was born in October 2001 when Leibovitz was 52 years old.[30] Her twins (two girls), Susan and Samuelle, were born to a surrogate mother in May 2005.[31]

Susan Sontag by Annie Leibovitz


Leibovitz had a close relationship with writer and essayist Susan Sontag from 1989 until Sontag’s death in 2004. During Sontag’s lifetime, neither woman publicly disclosed whether the relationship was a platonic friendship or romantic.Newsweek in 2006 made reference to Leibovitz’s decade-plus relationship with Sontag, stating, “The two first met in the late ’80s, when Leibovitz photographed her for a book jacket. They never lived together, though they each had an apartment within view of the other’s.”[32] Leibovitz, when interviewed for her autobiography A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005 (2006 in literature|2006), said the book told a number of stories, and “with Susan, it was a love story.”[33] While The New York Times in 2009 referred to Sontag as Leibovitz’s “companion”,[34] Leibovitz wrote in A Photographer’s Life that, “Words like ‘companion’ and ‘partner’ were not in our vocabulary. We were two people who helped each other through our lives. The closest word is still ‘friend.'” [35] That same year, Leibovitz said the descriptor “lover” was accurate.[36] She later reiterated, “Call us ‘lovers’. I like ‘lovers.’ You know, ‘lovers’ sounds romantic. I mean, I want to be perfectly clear. I love Susan.”[31]


Despite being raised in a Jewish home, Leibovitz no longer practices Judaism. When asked if being Jewish is important to her, Leibovitz replied, “I’m not a practicing Jew, but I feel very Jewish.”[2]

(Image Credit: Merce Cunningham. Photo Annie Leibovitz)

Examples of Leibovitz’s photographs[edit]

Leibovitz in front of her More Demi MooreVanity Fair cover photo, 2008

Johnny Cash & Family by Annie Leibovitz, 2001


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Annie Leibovitz – Some of my favorites

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – just a sexy photo!

The Queen – all she needs is a cup o’ tea and a cucumber sandwich.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Mother – This little apple did not fall far.
Martina Navratilova

Nicole Kidman


Merce CunninghamEverybody knows Annie and her intriguing photographs of the rich and famous. Her portraiture captures more than just a face – she captures a personality a vision or a way of life with one click of her camera. There are so many inspiring images but these are some of my favorites!

Appreciation Station { Annie Leibovitz }

This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of watching the biography of an incredible photographer, Annie Leibovitz.
It tells her story well, centering around the production of a book of her work(A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005). So, we get to see her comments on the work as she decides what to put in the book and as she looks back on her past, there are interviews with family and friends, as well as film footage and photos of her youth. It does jump a bit, from current work to old, from childhood to the last few years but this method actually made it even more interesting. It was personal and there are some great candid moments and times where she speaks to her daughter that are really touching.

She has become known as a portrait artist, particularly of celebrities. She tells vivid stories with each picture and expresses parts of the subject’s personality through the theme, story, fashion, pose and expression.

WARNING: This will be a long post as I cannot decide which photos I like best..

She was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and is the third of 6 children. The family travelled a lot because Annie’s father Sam was a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force. ‘Life Behind a Lens’ shows how family photographs were very important to her mother, Marilyn, and Annie began taking photos when they were stationed in Vietnam. After studying painting at the San Fransico art institute and some time spent in a kibbutz in Israel, she took night classes in photography and began working for (the new at the time) Rolling Stone Magazine. She became chief photographer and was instrumental in the magazine’s style that became iconic.
She says in the movie that she captures the moments between the big events, the things that happen behind the scenes, the thoughtful expressions, the real people behind the media haze. Her inventive and wildly creative images still stand out today in a world saturated with imagery. This in itself is testmament to her greatness.
Annie Leibovitz was the photographer who took the famous picture of Yoko Ono and John Lennon that made the Rolling Stone cover. Five hours after it was taken he was shot and killed.

Due to her mother’s background in dance she was fascinated by movement and how it is captured on camera. Hence she has done work for American Ballet Theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
After Rolling Stone she moved on to Vanity Fair and continues to do great work for them as well as private pieces and photography for Vogue.

Annie’s love, Susan Sontag, a well known writer, passed away in 2004. In ‘Life Through A Lens’ we see how she inspired Annie and gave constructive criticism. They went to Sarajevo as Susan wanted her to capture real life, the despair, the pain, the reality of that place. Preparing her book,A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005, and compiling her favourite images of Susan was integral to the grieving process after her death.

To quote Vanity Fair: Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and is the recipient of many other honors, including the Barnard College Medal of Distinction and the Infinity Award in Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography. She was decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. She lives in New York with her three children, Sarah, Susan, and Samuelle.

She is, I agree.. a living legend.

Thanks to Vogue, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair.

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