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9 November 2012
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There was a period in my life, roughly from 1980 to 2000, when I stopped listening to Beatles albums because I had enjoyed them too much, too many times.  It seemed like a chapter closed -- a precious chapter, full of fond memories, but no longer relevant.

 

Then at some point around 2000, it occurred to me that Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Di would be a good and relatively easy song to play bass along to (I play bass lines on an acoustic guitar, using mostly the bottom three strings -- once I purchased the widest guage possible, so I could tune the E string all the way down to an A below the A bass string).  So I got the White Album out of storage, dusted it off, put on the song, and was immensely pleased not only to try to mimmick Paul's bass line, but also to add my own little twists here and there (like hitting the notes A repetitively before I hit B then low E with a very satisfying "snap" during the part where Paul sings "…with Desmond and Molly Jones…" that signals the turn-around back to the main stanzas). 

 

From there, slowly over the years now and then, I began to reacquaint myself with other Beatle songs too. 

 

More recently, I've been on a binge to educate myself in pop music history and listen to bands and artists I never really appreciated before -- ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Roy Orbison to the Beach Boys etc. -- and along with this, to re-listen to all the Beatles albums.  The other day, I carefully listened to "Girl" after probably 30 years of not hearing it (!) and I was speechless, it was so good.

Mundo paparazzi mi amore cicce verdi parasol.
13 November 2012
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Wow, I can hardly imagine going 30 years without hearing a song I used to like! I'm sure if I put my mind to it, I can come up with some hit song from '82 (1st year of high school) that I liked then but haven't heard since. Although chances are if I have to try to remember it, it's not really much worth remembering in the first place; and if it was something I really liked, I'd have endeavoured to obtain a copy (or at least try to HEAR it) sometime since then.

Happy to report that after three straight luckless visits, I finally heard another Beatle-associated tune at the supermarket last night ("Another Day" this time.) So that's something like 6 songs in 9 visits, or thereabouts.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
13 November 2012
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Beatley moments at a Who concert Friday night?  Aside from Zak Starkey on drums (who every once in a while looks more than just a little bit like his old man)? 

There was a lot video shown during the performance of Quadrophenia, and I generally try not to stare at the vid screens when a real live band is playing right in front of me…otherwise, I might as well be watching at home.  But I glanced up at one point, and there was Paul on the stage-left circular screen, and John on the stage-right screen, black-and-white from '64-65 at a guess.  And much later, 1980 John on those same two screens, and the "John Lennon is dead" front-page headline on the larger center screen.  Bittersweet, that one.

It's gotta be rock and roll music if you wanna dance with me
16 November 2012
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I was listening to my iPod while driving to work this morning. As 'Get Back' started playing, a car going the opposite way passed by with the following license plate - LETITB. 

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17 November 2012
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Another beatly moment occurred to me today. My grandfather was listening to the radio and the song was Co

me Together. And then they stopped it in the middle for a commercial break!!! But the commercial turned out to feature a cover of All Together Now! a-hard-days-night-john-6

Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble.
17 November 2012
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I was at a party at my friends house last weekend, and everyone was arguing over what movie we should watch. The majority of my friends wanted to watch this one movie, and one of them said to the people who wanted to watch the other movie, "But there's more of us than you!"

Maybe out of habit, I had to add, "We're a unity of majority rules, up the workers, and all that stuff!!"

I honestly can't go a day without quoting A Hard Day's Night. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

“I was special. I always have been. Why didn't anyone notice me?" -John Lennon
19 November 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 it's okay. I quote "Help!" all. the. time.

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21 November 2012
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Another trip to buy groceries, another (solo) Beatletoon tonight! This time it was one I'd never heard before but recognized Paul's voice after a bit: "Beautiful Night". (And again I was reading something Beatles-related while it played, namely the latest issue of Guitar World with an article detailing the recording of Magical Mystery Tour.

I like black music, disco music. I like the disco music that's out now - John Lennon, 1975
21 November 2012
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I was at some store today, and when this one song turned on, I thought it was Silly Love Songs, but it wasn't. The music in that song did sound a lot like Silly Love Songs, though, and the song after that was a terrible cover of Wonderful Christmastime.

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21 November 2012
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I was at a supermarket and Let it be came on. I had already everything I needed so I was just standing still in the middle of the supermarket, pretending I still needed something just to hear the whole song. And I sang along

 

The other day I was on my way to school by train and we stopped  at some station and this girl with a Beatles bag walked past my window. For a moment I thought about banging on the window and signing to her that I love the bag, but I was like nahh, enough people already think I'm insane xD

 

And at English there was a sentence about Paul McCartney in one of the exercises (I'm attending a school for adult education, I failed my final exams at my last school so I had the option to follow a few subjects at this school or to re-do the whole year on my old school. As I'm 18 and this was less effort, it's obvious which I chose)

21 November 2012
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Also, there's this thing called the top2000 every year and it's a top2000 with best songs of all time which is on the radio from 26-12 til the 31st. People can vote for it and Bohemian Rhapsody is usually #1

And there's always lots of Beatles. Anyway, there was a quiz about it on tv  few days ago with some ''Dutch celebrities'' and they asked each of them which song they'd like to be #1 and one of them replied with She Loves You and then they played some live footage of it and some question was about a documentary and it was Paul playing Blackbird and there were 3 questions about it: Who is this?, Which song is thiis? and What album was it on.

They answered the first 2 questions correct, but they thought it was on Sgt Pepper paul-mccartney

23 November 2012
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Some country guy played during halftime today, and I told my cousin that country music is too anti-climatic for me, so he told me to just let it be. Then my aunt started singing the song and said she didn't think I caught that. Lol, what?! Who is this lady, does she not know me?a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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23 November 2012
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Linde said
 

And at English there was a sentence about Paul McCartney in one of the exercises (I'm attending a school for adult education, I failed my final exams at my last school so I had the option to follow a few subjects at this school or to re-do the whole year on my old school. As I'm 18 and this was less effort, it's obvious which I chose)

 

The exact same thing happened to me today. I was working away and sudenly I noticed out of the corner of my eye Paul McCart. I though to myself, that´s my (that´s the way I think of any of The Beatles or Pink Floyd) Paul, and sure enough, it was! I even let out a little squeal and I got the whole class looking at me. a-hard-days-night-john-7

Oh and that´s made me remember that every time my Chemistry teacher sees me, he starts singing Hello, Goodbye 'cause he knows I'm mad about them. Love my Chem teacher!!

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

23 November 2012
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And at English there was a sentence about Paul McCartney in one of the exercises

 

The exact same thing happened to me today. I was working away and sudenly I noticed out of the corner of my eye Paul McCart. I though to myself, that´s my (that´s the way I think of any of The Beatles or Pink Floyd) Paul, and sure enough, it was! I even let out a little squeal and I got the whole class looking at me.

I am so going to your schools!

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24 November 2012
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fabfouremily said

Linde said
 

And at English there was a sentence about Paul McCartney in one of the exercises (I'm attending a school for adult education, I failed my final exams at my last school so I had the option to follow a few subjects at this school or to re-do the whole year on my old school. As I'm 18 and this was less effort, it's obvious which I chose)

 

The exact same thing happened to me today. I was working away and sudenly I noticed out of the corner of my eye Paul McCart. I though to myself, that´s my (that´s the way I think of any of The Beatles or Pink Floyd) Paul, and sure enough, it was! I even let out a little squeal and I got the whole class looking at me. a-hard-days-night-john-7

I feel like that happened to me in English recently, although I don't remember if it actually said Paul McCartney, or if I read it wrong at first.

In sixth grade music, we learned about music from all the decades and listened to a song from each, so for the sixties we listened to Love Me Do. I was already a fan, so I liked that, but everybody else thought it was terrible and they made fun of the music teacher for listening to such garbage music.

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27 November 2012
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New York Times sports section today (discussing the fact that football quarterback Alex Smith was replaced by Carl K.)

"Smith wasn't happy to be replaced by Carl K. But Pete Best wasn't happy to be replaced by Ringo. That's life!"

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
28 November 2012
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unknown said

In sixth grade music, we learned about music from all the decades and listened to a song from each, so for the sixties we listened to Love Me Do. I was already a fan, so I liked that, but everybody else thought it was terrible and they made fun of the music teacher for listening to such garbage music.

 

Last year, in music, my teacher played the first thirty seconds or something of 'All My Loving' and I almost screamed out. Then, as the song went on a bit I started taping my foot along and shaking my head slightly without realising and some people behing me started laughing. I turned round to look, and asked my friend, what are they laughing at? It was only later that it struck me that they were laughing at me for liking and clearly enjoying a song that they considered old-fashioned and boring. That´s probably the day that I realised how different I was to everyone around me, and how I don´t really care because I´d rather be me and be ridiculed than be like them and not appreciate The Beatles for what they are – bloody geniuses.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

28 November 2012
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The other day we had an audio exam in English. 

It was about Paul again! (ok and a bit about Heather, but who cares)

 

Unfortunately the other half of the exam was about Dolly Partonpaul-mccartney

 

I hope the real exam will be about the Beatles. It's possible, I mean, if there are exams on Dolly Parton..

Also, it would guarantee me a good mark!

28 November 2012
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Speaking of Heather there was an article on the bbc that she is attempting to join the Paralympic Skiing team and due to all the cash she made from Paul is making good headway. Having £25m in the bank reduces the worry of fundraising somewhat and ensures you get the best quality equipment and background team.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
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1 from yesterday, 1 from this morning.

Yesterday as I was driving home from the office, the local Classic Rock station was commemorating the 38th anniversary of the Elton John concert that featured John Lennon paying off his bet. They basically aired a few songs from that show and then Elton introduced John for his numbers. The Beatley Moment was actually when John first came on stage you could hear him testing the levels on his guitar by playing the opening riff to "I Feel Fine".  I had never heard that bit before and it gave me goose bumps.

a-hard-days-night-john-7

This morning while watching ESPN2's Mike and Mike in the Morning, they were talking about the San Francicso 49ers football team's "quarterback controversy" as their starting quarterback Alex Smith seems to have lost his starting job to his backup Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernik had been filling in for Smith over the last 2+ games while Smith was recovering from injury. Kaepernik has been playing so well, the 49ers decided to keep him as the starter at least for now. A guest on the show commented something along the lines of "well, Pete Best lost his starting job to Ringo Starr. That's just life."

ahdn_ringo_09

EDIT: Just now noticed the post upthread from Into the Sky with Diamonds. Now I know where the guest got his material.

Into the Sky with Diamonds said

New York Times sports section today (discussing the fact that football quarterback Alex Smith was replaced by Carl K.)

"Smith wasn't happy to be replaced by Carl K. But Pete Best wasn't happy to be replaced by Ringo. That's life!"

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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