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The Greatest Post Ever for the Greatest Band Ever

25 Oct

For the most part, I’m out of bands so I’m going to give my ode to the greatest band of all time: The Beatles.  The thing about The Beatles is that they are in an almost exclusive club of bands that weren’t reactionaries to the times in which they lived in. They defined the times.  I used to think (incorrectly) that The Beatles were overrated.  I mean, songs like “Love Me Do” and “Help” and “Please Mr.  Postman” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” are just simple pop songs, yet they formed the mold for future rock groups to follow.  In addition to setting the paradigm of 2 guitars, bass and drums, The Beatles also added elements of  music of black musicians like Little Richard and Chuck Berry with white musicians like Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley that would influence rock n roll music for decades.

So let’s put The Beatles impact on music on the backburner for now and just look at the music itself.  The Beatles first phase was the “Love Me” phase characterized by simple song structures, simple I love you, love me lyrics (like the song above).  It’s what first captivated America on the Ed Sullivan show performance and really sparked Beatlemania.  Fast forward to the time they played Shea Stadium and decided to stop touring. So born the social commentary Beatles, who started growing beards and doing drugs.  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is their seminal work from this period, almost a rock opera that is considered one of the greatest (according to Rolling Stone the greatest album of all time) that introduced innovative techniques for recording that included adding musicians in addition to just the fab four and experimenting with innovative recording techniques.  Just check out the sound below that builds upon the original Beatles sound.

Last but not least of the Beatles phases results in their last album while together and my absolute favorite: Abbey Road.  It shows a mature group who’s ability to combine their music together in the face of falling apart absolutely amazes me.  Listen to the White Album and you will hear a band at war with itself.  Each individual song sounds like it was done by an individual member and in fact that’s the case.  In fact, all members except for Ringo refused to record when another member was in the studio.  There were George songs, John songs and Paul songs.  Abbey Road sees the Beatles come together for one last hurrah and tolerate each other.  Their individual tastes and song writing abilities combine to create a concept album like Sgt Peppers of epic proportions.  Just listen to the whole album.  It’s a piece of absolute genius.

The No-No Song Directed At Finals

12 Dec

Hey. This book is inspiring. It's about an octapus

You see Ringo, this is exactly what I don’t want to do. I wonder if he was reading a work by Chopin or Hawthorne. Maybe we can get together for a joint study session on visions of reality in both author’s works. Okay, probably not. But, right now I am sympathetic to one of Ringo’s songs especially. That’s right folks. One of Ringo’s songs. Well, it is not really Ringo’s song but he sure did make it famous. The song is his 1974 hit “The No No Song.” It skyrocketed to #1 in Canada and #3 in the U.S. It’s a dumb song, I know, but right now if we take some creative liberty with the lyric, it does express some of my Fall semester finals woe.

The No No Song was originally written by Hoyt Axton and David Jackson. Axton is one of those famous songwriters who never gets enough credit even though he penned several hits. “Joy to the World”? Axton. “The Pusher”? Axton. “Heartbreak Hotel”? Well, his mother actually co-wrote that one.

Here is Ringo’s version:

It’s trippy and really odd. Like seriously weird. I kind of feel scarred, maybe dirty, after watching it. Anyway, let’s focus on the chorus:

“And I said no-no-no-no, I don’t ___ no more, I’m tired of waking up on the floor. No thank you please, it only makes me sneeze. Then it makes it hard to find the door”

The blank portion can be filled in with anything you like. In the context of the song it is an action that relates to the drug Ringo mentions in the verse prior. In the context of my post, let’s put study. So, studying makes me sneeze and makes it hard to find the door? Sure, why not. Honestly, I think I am ready for my Tuesday final right now, but back to studying I go just to make sure. Wish me luck and I will be home, back to posting on a regular schedule, Wednesday. I may have a post for you tomorrow. Keep posted

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