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John's songwriting process
22 April 2011
Rain? I don't mind
Apple rooftop
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If anyone has a spare twenty or so minutes, I found these gems on youtube of how I'm Stepping Out and Real Love were written. I know we have a few aspiring songwriters here, so I think it's nice to see another songwriters perspective, especially when that songwriter is, well, John Lennon. I like how John didn't rush the process and I really think it's a shame that he didn't get a chance to truly finish off either of these songs, but oh well.

What a beautiful voice. a-hard-days-night-john-1


I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
22 April 2011
mr. Sun king coming together
Nowhere Land
Apple rooftop
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19 September 2010

I can certainly see the reference to me. Ill check it out.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
22 April 2011
Shea Stadium
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4 March 2011

I didn't see the reference, but thanks gniKnuS, that was pretty cool!

23 April 2011
Rockin' in two by two
Candlestick Park
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14 November 2010

Thank you! I look forward to reading that when I get a bit more time.


The sunshine bores the daylights outta me
23 April 2011
Till There Was You
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19 March 2011

That's pretty cool. I haven't watched the video yet, but I'll give it a look in a bit. Thanks for the insight.

I salute the lady who screamed "I love you Paul!" at a tribute band's concert.
23 April 2011
somewhere in the black mountain hills of South West Germany
The Jacaranda
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18 January 2011

That's really cool! It's interesting to see how he builds the songs up out of single parts, and how these bits change from time to time.

24 April 2011
Rain? I don't mind
Apple rooftop
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I've always liked John's "middle eight" contributions to his own or other Beatles songs and I think this video shows how he came up with some of those ideas. It always seems difficult to not put together an entire thing at one time, but I like how John shows us that there doesn't need to be any rush and you can build a song out of seemingly unrelated parts.

I like how Paul did that too, like on Band on the Run. I wonder if there are any videos of how Paul put together his songs…are there any lost McCartney tapes? Let's see.

I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
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