As a fan of Jeff Lynne’s work, it always wonderful to hear new material from the composer and producer. In 2015, Jeff Lynne released an album entitled Jeff Lynne’s ELO Alone in the Universe. The album’s opening track “When I Was a Boy,” is clearly reminiscent of old school ELO. The Jeff Lynne harmonies and the ascending and descending string lines are all present. And of course, the Beatles inspiration dominates the chord changes. The eighth note piano comping throughout the song is somewhat similar to the Beatles’ “Carry That Weight.” Nonetheless, “When I Was a Boy,” is a brilliantly written and produced pop song that would have easily been a hit during the 1970’s and 1980’s popular music periods. The domination of county pop, hip hop, r&b, and young rock bands seems to clearly stand in the way of songs like “When I Was a Boy,” garnishing airplay. It’s a shame, because if more young people heard songs like Jeff Lynne’s “When I Was a Boy,” that era of music may once again begin to find its way back into mainstream culture.
Jeff Lynne’s When I was a Boy song is simply fab!
Written by Brian Kachejian