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9 February 2014
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Greetings, folks! I'm Scott Gifford, retired elementary schoolteacher turned music teacher and performer. I live in Sebastopol, CA, about an hour north of San Francisco. I substitute teach, teach classroom music & recorder & ukulele for two schools, play the uke & sing with my students in class, at birthday parties and for retirement homes whenever and wherever I can. I came across this site this morning, looking for the recorder part to "The Fool On The Hill" and knew I'd come to the right place when I found another member who'd already posted the notes.

Today's a special day for everyone reading this, I suspect; I still remember sitting in the back seat of the car that Sunday morning (I was 8), listening to my parents & my grandmother talking about "the Beatles" being on Ed Sullivan that evening. I had no idea what they were talking about; I envisioned four men cavorting around the stage in insect suits... My dad's comments that evening were 1) "Why don't they get haircuts? They look like GIRLS!" and 2) "That's not music, it's NOISE!"

I didn't really pay much attention to the Fab Four at that point; I couldn't tell them apart, especially on the American "Hard Day's Night" album cover, and I didn't start listening to the radio until Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" came out. S&G's Bookends was my first album purchase, followed by Bridge Over Troubled Water; then I spent a couple years being sidetracked by the Monkees. (I hadn't yet seen Help!, so when I saw the Monkees' Head, I didn't realize that Mike, Davy, Mickey & Peter were dressed in imitation of John, Paul, George & Ringo.)

A junior high friend had the White Album, and I was blown away by "Hey Jude" when it hit the airwaves (it's still my favorite track among many favorites.) The Let It Be album was my first Beatle LP — and then it was all over; I worked backwards to Sgt. Pepper and made do with the Red Album for the early stuff until it was time to start acquiring the cds. Now I have one shelf for the "real" 12, the Past Masters and the BBC sets, and another side for the Anthologies, the Rooftop concert, various bootlegs and a video collection of the promo films from '64-'69 called "Watching Rainbows"; a third shelf contains solo stuff from all four, including Paul's Unplugged and his Chaos & Creation in the Backyard, Ringo's Ringo (still his best, I think), John's Imagine and Acoustic cds, George's Concert for Bangla Desh dvd and the amazingly beautiful boxed set with Ravi Shankar, Collaborations. (For me, "the one that got away" was a 6? 8?-cd collection of the complete Let It Be sessions; it was packaged in a cd-sized film cannister and had a $400 price tag — I just couldn't justify it. Sigh...)

Favorite Beatle books: My first-printing paperback of Yellow Submarine (purchased new in 1968 for 95 cents, and yes, that's a Yellow Submarine tie I'm wearing in my photo); Mark Lewisohn's Recording Sessions, as well as his Complete Beatles Chronicles, George Martin's With A Little Help From My Friends, William J. Dowling's Beatlesongs and the Anthology accompanying book. As a musician, I also had to invest in the two-volume Complete Beatles many years ago. Oh, and I just picked up Vol. 1 of Lewisohn's The Beatles: All These Years — Tune In from the library.

The Lads from Liverpool will always be IT for me; much as I love Cream, Creedence and the Stones, John, Paul, George and Ringo created the soundtrack of my life, and their music is the standard by which I measure all other popular music. (I tell my students that Taylor Swift must be one of the Beatles' unacknowledged grandchildren — she has their knack for writing perfect pop songs.) I look forward to chatting with other like-minded people here; hasta la vista!

Parting thought: wouldn't it be great if the guys on The Big Bang Theory were into the Beatles, as well as Star Trek, comics and computer games?

9 February 2014
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A very tedious link between TBBT and TB.


There is also the episode where a female fan of Sheldon's drives a wedge between him and the other 3, The Bare Naked Ladies song Be My Yoko Ono is played over it.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
11 February 2014
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Welcome to all the new members!   

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"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"


11 February 2014
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In the town where I was born
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Hi.  My name is Mike, I'm a 51yo male in Ohio USA.  Like Dave Grohl, my father, my, and my oldest son's favorite band is the Beatles :)   And AhhGirl, I tried the quote button before I posted that, but all it seemed to do was put "xxx said" and then the text of the quoted post in - no sign of italics or a greyish-blue box.  I still haven't figured it out but I'll look for a "test post" type thread to try to figure it out.

As I said in the long intro, I've been a Beatles fan since I was 3 (1966).  Fool on the Hill is the first song I ever remember hearing, and I remember the exact time and place - in my parents' friends' car on the way to dinner on vacation in Sacramento, California.

Because of my age, and my father's musical collection, I was mainly acquainted with the major hits and the albums starting with Sgt. Pepper's on up.  It is only within the last year or so that I've acquired a whole lot of beatles stuff, including the Mono box set and all the bbc sessions and the anthology dvds and cds.  So I'm still fairly new to all the b sides and much of the early stuff.  I've been listening to 95% Beatles for the past year and I still haven't gotten to all the stuff I got!

So keeping in mind that I'm not really familiar with the early stuff to comment on it, I'm loving it and keep listening, especially to the early albums, over and over.  My favorite album is Abbey Road, followed by Sgt. Pepper's and Revolver a close 3rd.  Some of my favorite songs (but how can you name just a few when there are like 30 tied for my favorite!) are Here Comes The Sun, Because (the vocals-only version is incredible), I Saw Her Standing There, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, Fool on the Hill, I've Just Seen A Face...well I could go on and ringtone is the (actual mp3, not electronic tones) of I'm Only Sleeping.  If you call my cell phone you'll hear some Lennon song (can't remember which cuz I never call myself lol).  Some highlights of what I've learned in the past year - how incredible John's voice really was, the first use of backwards guitar (ever afaik) on Revolver, their early lives up through the Decca sessions so far, again I could go on and on...I'll try to keep from going on too much in my posts.  Oh yeah - my favorite Beatle is Gorgeous!


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