“One of my all-time favorites. But I’ll tell you, it was probably the hardest piece to play, maybe the hardest songs I’ve tried to play, in my whole life. Because of the way that I approached it, and the syncopation that was applied, it took a lot to pull it off. It took a lot of practice.
“If you go to the original song and the way The Beatles played it, it’s a very deep piece aesthetically and harmonically. The melody is amazing. And what about the storyline and the lyrics? It’s just outrageously good.
“Not many songs can bring you somewhere you’ve never been and make you see it. Penny Lane takes you to this little village in Northern England; you can picture the rainy day and the firemen running into the barbershop. The Beatles could take you on a journey. As their career developed and they advanced and experimented, they brought you along with them.”