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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Solar eclipse, August 21, 2017
« on: August 14, 2017, 12:17:43 AM »
This is a really good article for anyone interested in learning more about the eclipse:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 12, 2017, 09:21:47 PM »
When we were talking earlier about some songs that highlight Ringo as a great drummer, I would add Day Tripper to the list if it's not there already. I love Ringo's intro to the song and he has some great fills. And if I'd ever known that John played that riff, I'd forgotten.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:12:30 PM »
I agree with you, but at the time, the only American albums that I balked at were the A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, HELP! and YELLOW SUBMARINE because I didn't want to have to listen through all the George Martin orchestral stuff between Beatles songs, so I bought imported versions of those. It wasn't until I started buying CDs that I had the imported versions of the rest of the catalogue and realized how cheated we had been. 

Speaking of songs that bring us back to childhood, mine is the SOMETHING NEW album, and especially my two favorite songs from it:  Things we Said Today and Slow Down.  SOMETHING NEW was my introduction to The Beatles. And I apologize if I've told this story before, but it's a long thread, and an old thread.  My uncle, who had just left living in a monastery for the past dozen or so years, went to a record store to buy me a birthday present. I think I was about 10 years old, so it was the mid 70's.  Knowing nothing about music, he asked the record store employee what music was popular nowadays, and the employee said "You can't go wrong with The Beatles, The Carpenters and Foghat".  So, I got one cassette tape of each. And of all Beatles cassettes to choose, it was the SOMETHING NEW cassette, which didn't even exist in England. But, I wore that tape out I listened to it so much.

So, why not... here's another song of the day:  Slow Down


The song was taped swiftly in six takes in the afternoon of 1 June 1964. The rhythm track of take three was the best, and onto this was overdubbed a double-tracked Lennon vocals.

Three days later George Martin added a piano part. None of the performers appear to have taken it too seriously, with vocal fluffs (most noticeably during the line "But now you've got a boyfriend down the street"), a somewhat workmanlike guitar solo and generally sloppy playing.

But that's the essence of rock 'n' roll, and Lennon's vocal has enough brio to make the result worth searching out by Beatles fans.

Slow Down was probably my introduction to rock music. I don't think I'd ever heard anything like it before. My parents didn't listen to rock, and my brother had terrible taste in music (I think he was listening to Roy Clark and aspiring to be him someday at about that time).  Lennon's voice rips the song to shreds. I think he's a very underrated singer (and I realize "underrated" is controversial when saying anything about The Beatles).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 09, 2017, 11:46:33 PM »
I just discovered a cool website tonight:, and up top, you can click on "Songs" and find a great page of info about every Beatles song. So, I'll add some of that info for each of the songs we decide to post here.  So retroactively, I'm going to post something cool about "I've Just Seen a Face". 

The Beatles recorded I've Just Seen A Face in six takes on the morning of 14 June 1965. To the last of these they overdubbed a maraca part. The song is unusual in that it doesn't contain a bass guitar part.

In a breathtaking display of versatility, McCartney's songs I'm Down and Yesterday were also recorded on the same day.

No bass! I hadn't noticed before because one of the three guitars does push the song along almost as a bass would. Also, I really think Paul sums up what I love about the song in this statement:

It was slightly country and western from my point of view. It was faster, though, it was a strange uptempo thing. I was quite pleased with it. The lyric works: it keeps dragging you forward, it keeps pulling you to the next line, there's an insistent quality to it that I liked.

It was recorded in the home of his (then) girlfriend's parents (Jane Asher).  Jane and Paul dated for five years, almost the entirety of Beatlemania:  From 1963 to 1968, and she was the muse for most of his greatest songs. I don't know for certain that he wrote "I've Just Seen a Face" for Jane, but I would make the leap. Just about all the songs at this time were about her and their relationship (good and bad).

Paul with Jane Asher

Moving on....

No way I can post you tube links here.... But my Beatle track of the day is Across the Universe..

Across the Universe (Let It Be ... Naked)

I have three versions of this song,  the "Rarities" version, the "Let It Be" version, and the "Let It Be ... Naked". I'm putting up the last one since I haven't listened to this CD in a good long time.  Here's some really interesting quotes from John about it:

It was a lousy track of a great song and I was so disappointed by it. It never went out as The Beatles; I gave it to the Wildlife Fund of Great Britain, and then when Phil Spector was brought in to produce Let It Be, he dug it out of the Beatles files and overdubbed it. The guitars are out of tune and I'm singing out of tune 'cause I'm psychologically destroyed and nobody's supporting me or helping me with it and the song was never done properly.

It's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best. It's good poetry, or whatever you call it, without chewin' it. See, the ones I like are the ones that stand as words, without melody. They don't have to have any melody, like a poem, you can read them.

And this one is great... poor Cynthia. He never really had anything positive to say about her, even this:

I was lying next to my first wife in bed, you know, and I was irritated. She must have been going on and on about something and she'd gone to sleep and I'd kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream. I went downstairs and it turned into sort of a cosmic song rather than an irritated song; rather than a 'Why are you always mouthing off at me?' or whatever, right? ...

But the words stand, luckily, by themselves. They were purely inspirational and were given to me as boom! I don't own it, you know; it came through like that. I don't know where it came from, what meter it's in, and I've sat down and looked at it and said, 'Can I write another one with this meter?' It's so interesting: 'Words are flying [sic] out like [sings] endless rain into a paper cup, they slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe.' Such an extraordinary meter and I can never repeat it! It's not a matter of craftsmanship; it wrote itself. It drove me out of bed. I didn't want to write it, I was just slightly irritable and I went downstairs and I couldn't get to sleep until I put it on paper, and then I went to sleep.

It's like being possessed; like a psychic or a medium. The thing has to go down. It won't let you sleep, so you have to get up, make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep. That's always in the middle of the bloody night, when you're half awake or tired and your critical facilities are switched off.

And this factoid:

Lennon initially wanted Across The Universe to be released as a single while The Beatles were in India with the Maharishi, but the group opted for Lady Madonna instead.

Which just makes me shake my head. As I wrote waaaaay back toward the beginning of this thread, Paul almost always got the singles, and the "A" sides, which makes the "1" album so McCartney-heavy.  I have nothing against Lady Madonna, but I very much doubt "the group" opted for Lady Madonna instead. ;)

Yes, I'm leaving on the 17th.  grrrrr.   :-\

Worst timed vacation ever.

I've never seen Unforgiven in the theater, and they're not bringing it here for the Anniversary. :(

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:30:23 PM »
If anyone wants to add a Beatles-song-of-the-day, (and if it's not on Vevo or YouTube) you can add your own at Kiwi6 and then paste the "Direct Hotlink" they'll give you after the upload here.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:19:30 PM »
No particular reason, just really enjoying this song today and wanted to share it. Let's see how long it's online before it gets pulled down for copyright violation:  I've Just Seen A Face

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Solar eclipse, August 21, 2017
« on: August 08, 2017, 07:10:15 AM »
I'm sorry you're missing it, KC.  But, I'm even more sorry I'm missing it, because I was in the path of totality, and scheduled a trip to Alaska about 6 months ago that can't be changed.

Here's an eclipse simulator that you can use to see what the eclipse will look like from your city:

But this won't be your last chance to see one. The next is only 8 years away.  Maybe we should all bunk up with Christopher in Ohio in April, 2024.

Stunning, Satu!

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: CEWB Movie Club - Who wants in?
« on: August 06, 2017, 04:08:38 PM »

Had to post and say that I watched The Manchurian Candidate on blu-ray with my husband the other day (by coincidence) and it just blew me away ... it felt so topical with Trump and everything that's going on right now (as you say KC!) ...

And that's why I wanted to do it. It wasn't just Trump though -- candidate Clinton was every bit as much of a "Manchuarian Candidate", if not more so. One thing for sure, our political system is a wreck with way too much corporate influence, as can be seen in the 2004 Manchuarian Candidate remake.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 04, 2017, 12:47:18 PM »
Just reading through some more of the YouTube comments from the "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" cover above, and found this:

Interviewer:  What do you smoke to keep looking this young?
Prince: I smoke other Guitar players


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 04, 2017, 12:32:50 PM »
Here's a few great ones...

First, we have what would be a competent cover by some middle-aged rockers (Steve Winwood, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynn) but is elevated to EPIC level with one of the greatest guitar solos ever, performed EFFORTLESSLY by Prince. I think I've posted this performance in this thread before, but why not one more time? Prince's solo starts at about the 3:30 mark and continues all the way to the end. As one commenter on the YouTube video puts it: "You know you bad when you throw your guitar in the air and it don't come down. RIP Prince."  Watch Dhani Harrison (George's son who is the spitting image of him) whenever the camera catches him enjoying Prince's solo. It's hard to contain the emotions watching this. It's pure bliss:

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This is from the beyond-awful Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie (starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees). But, it's a good cover. Though, the song wasn't even a decade old when this was made:

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And this version, well you either love it or you hate it. Much like Nirvana, there's not much in between. I love it. It's so mournful and soulful, and puts a dark edge to a very tame and gentle ballad:

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The other greatest voice of the grunge genre (imo), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) doing two, and I'm expanding this to Solo Beatles Covers so that we can hear a fantastic rendition of John's "Gimme Some Truth", which starts at the 5:27 mark.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Goodby from Elizabeth77
« on: August 02, 2017, 01:30:59 PM »
Glad to hear from you again, Raewyn. That's a gorgeous photo of the Tetons.

We had a good visit and our travels were safe and uneventful, except for a couple of elk who decided to play dodge the cars across the highway. It was malicious and deliberate because they did it repeatedly. 

 ;D  I guess they have to find their ways to get even with humans for hunting season. They don't get to carry guns, but they can run in front of cars.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: August 01, 2017, 07:09:16 PM »
This one pops out as my first choice, but there are many more. I'll have to add them as I think of them.  :)

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And I thought the board would auto-censor that word on my post. Oh well. Now I know.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: The Official MEMBER INTRODUCTIONS Thread
« on: July 26, 2017, 02:12:49 PM »
Better late than never, topgunslinger. Welcome!  :)

I'm further away than it looks. I have this quite zoomed in. I'd guess I was maybe 75 yards away.

Are you going to be able to see the eclipse where you are?

No.  >:(  Like a dick, the greatest natural phenomena to possibly ever occur in Nashville, and I'll be in Alaska. I tried to rearrange my trip, and it couldn't be switched to another date. So, I'm going to travel to the next total solar eclipse in the U.S., which won't be too far away:  2024.

Not as grand an image, but I like it anyway. Also from the Pocanoes:


I bought a new camera and took it up to the Pocanoes for a spin.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Non-Eastwood Trivia
« on: July 17, 2017, 08:17:25 PM »

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