Listen to Esme Patterson’s Moving “Eleanor Rigby” Response, “Bluebird”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.14.14 in News

The response song is one of pop music’s great traditions; “This Land is Your Land” was written as a rebuttal to “God Bless America,” Rufus Thomas responded to “Hound Dog” with “Bear Cat,” and Camera Obscura replied to Lloyd Cole’s “Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken” with “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken.” Now, Colorado singer Esme Patterson joins that lineage with “Bluebird,” in which she inhabits the character of Eleanor Rigby. Over a gently twirling acoustic guitar, Patterson turns the Beatles classic inside out, with her protagonist declaring “I’m not afraid to lie down in my grave,” and reveling in life’s simple details, like the fluttering bluebird of the title. It turns a song of sorrow into a strong of strength and hope.