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Thoughts On Abbey Road

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, September 8, 2009 07:37pm | Post a Comment
 

An iconic studio and my favorite Beatles album. I remember first hearing Abbey Road when I was a child. It introduced me to music that stood apart from anything I had ever heard before. Beautiful melodies captured me, and every time my mother listened to it I wanted more. Playful and dramatic, it showed me how real feelings were connected with music. It helped me get through my piano lessons and escape to adventure town. I don't know how I would have connected to music if it wasn't for Abbey Road. I do know that it was an education for me. The lesson plan was to fall in love with music and decide that I wanted to be involved with it at every level. This is something that I feel I have achieved throughout my life.

the beatles
   Tracklisting:

"Come Together"  
"Something"  
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer"  
"Oh! Darling"  
"Octopus's Garden"  
"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"  
"Here Comes the Sun"  
"Because"  
"You Never Give Me Your Money"  
"Sun King"  
"Mean Mr. Mustard"  
"Polythene Pam"  
"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"  
"Golden Slumbers"  
"Carry That Weight"  
"End, The"  
"Her Majesty"  

The Second Weekend in August, 1969 ... Part One

Posted by Whitmore, August 10, 2009 11:38am | Post a Comment
I wonder if anything significant about this past weekend will be remembered in 40 years time, other then Sonia Sotomayor being sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and maybe Tiger Woods’ unbelievable play at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. This weekend back in 1969 is definitely remembered for a variety of odd and groovy and trivial and horrifying reasons.
zager and evans 
In the summer of 1969 I was living carefree at 4200 Franklin Avenue in Los Angeles near Griffith Park, with my parents, grandmother, two sisters, and of course our Siamese cat Pandora and a Great Dane named Dijo who would eventually, later in the year, attack me without provocation. She was a nutty and twisted beast. And typical of August in LA, it was annoyingly hot and smoggy. If you didn’t live here back then you just don’t know smog-- lung scorching air under a sky colored golden toasty brown to the apex. Now that’s pollution! This was also the first summer I really started noticing music. I culled some change from my mom’s purse to buy my first single, which also happened to be #1 on the Billboard charts this weekend in 1969, and would be for six consecutive weeks -- "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans. In the UK the #1 song was "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones, which has noticeably survived the tastes of time better then “2525.” The #1 album in the US was the self-titled second album by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Earlier in the year in March it was briefly at the top of the charts, but with three successive Top 5 singles, it returned once again to the number one position. In 1970 it would win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.  
 
Also this weekend 40 years ago, the Beatles posed for one of their most iconic images-- the Abbey Road album cover shot of the George, Paul, Ringo and John at the zebra crossing on Abbey Road. They were mostly done working on their newest album and, having applied the last overdubs that morning to the longest track, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," photographer Iain Macmillan was given ten minutes to get the cover photo done. At 11:35 am on Friday, August 8, 1969, the image was shot. Of course, when the album was released in September, the cover art only fueled the rumors and speculation that Paul McCartney had indeed died in a car crash in 1966 and all the symbolic references only confirmed the sad fact.

rain, rain go away...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 4, 2008 12:37pm | Post a Comment
*warning:  I have a mouth like a sailor, and I write the same way


(Richmond-San Rafael bridge from the San Quentin end)

So, today fucking sucks! (I warned you.) Like, seriously!  I hate being cold and clammy and not able to dry my clothes.  I'd rather have cramps or a sunburn on my ass ...  But anyway, how are you?  Do you have your tea?  Do you have a warm blanket to curl up under?  If you do, it sounds like you're ready to watch some TV.  I know hunkering down in my living room and watching stuff makes me feel better, so here is a list of some of my  favorite, rainy day comfort DVDs:

I have a huge soft spot in my heart for some of the classic Disney movies.  101 Dalmatians was always one of my favorites.  How cute is Roly asking for more food?
  "I'm hungry, mother.  I really am."
My brothers and I used to wake up early on Saturday mornings to watch this movie. (Keep in mind we couldn't get up and make it to school on time to save our lives, but you bet yer ass we were up on Saturdays to watch cartoons!)

I also love Peter Pan.  I always wanted to be a lost boy (or at least Wendy) and fly away.  "Second star to the right and straight on til morning."  Pirates, fairies and a crocodile with a clock in his tail... hell yeah!

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