The Beatles Complete On Ukulele This Day in Music Spotlight: I Want to Hold Your Hun Special thanks to ThisDayinMusic.com. It’s hard to believe in this day and age, but in 1964 — at the dawn of Beatlemania — there was some doubt as to whether the Fab Four would sell in a non-English-speaking country like Germany. Perhaps those making that assessment weren’t aware that The Beatles had spent their formative years as a band tearing down houses on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn on a nightly basis. Nevertheless, Odeon Records (the German imprint of EMI) contacted George Martin and Brian Epstein and convinced them that The Beatles should record their biggest hits in German so that they could sell more records there. The group had set up shop in Paris for a series of dates at the historic Olympia music hall, and were none too thrilled at the prospect of re-doing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” with ham-handed, translated lyrics. Meanwhile, EMI’s German producer, Otto Demler, contacted Luxembourger singer-TV personality Camillo Felgen to translate the songs.
10 Creepy Tales Of Interdimensional Travel Creepy Since its official proposal in 1954 by Hugh Everett III, the idea of parallel universes has boggled the minds of scientists, philosophers, bloggers, and average folk alike. Perhaps we’re just a sliver of time away from an alternate existence, or perhaps regular people we pass on the street are beings from another universe that have already mastered the art of dimensional travel. Quantum physics aside, our only information about these alternate realities comes from the tales of people who claim they found dimensional slips and traveled to unfathomable worlds. 10The Man From Taured On a seemingly normal day in 1954, a seemingly normal man allegedly flew into Tokyo, but upon landing at the Tokyo International Airport, his seemingly normal trip had taken a very drastic turn for the weird. The mystery man claimed his country was located between France and Spain, but when he was asked to point it out on a map, he pointed to the Principality of Andorra. 8Ong’s Hat 7Carol Chase McElheney
John Lennon: Scumbag Written by: Lennon-Ono-ZappaRecorded: 6 June 1971Producers: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector Released: 15 September 1972 (UK), 12 June 1972 (US) John Lennon: vocals, electric guitarYoko Ono: vocals Frank Zappa: vocals, electric guitar Mark Volman: vocals Howard Kaylan: vocals Ian Underwood: vocals, woodwind, keyboards Bob Harris: vocals, keyboards Jim Pons: vocals, bass guitar Don Preston: Minimoog Aynsley Dunbar: drums Available on:Some Time In New York City Recorded with Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention in 1971, Scumbag was a live improvisation included on the 'Live Jam' disc of the Some Time In New York City album. The Mothers' concert at the Fillmore East in New York was recorded for their Live At The Fillmore album. I thought he [Lennon] had a pretty good sense of humour, so I invited him to come down and jam with us at the Fillmore East. Frank Zappa Scumbag was an improvised song with the title sung repeatedly. Hey listen.
Philip Goldberg: Beatles in India: The Retreat That Reverberates Across the Universe Forty five years ago, the Beatles were settling into the ashram of their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in Rishikesh, India. The news coverage was nonstop and global, as it had been six months earlier when the lads first met Maharishi and became public advocates for his Transcendental Meditation technique. It would have been easy at the time to dismiss the media frenzy as just another pop culture craze. But reporters knew this was different. Why would four young, bright, fun-loving youngsters, wealthy beyond imagining, able to go anywhere and do anything, choose to hunker down in an austere, vegetarian, non-air-conditioned compound in the Himalayan foothills and spend large chunks of time each day with their eyes closed? What is this meditation thing? Questions like those turned what might have been a brief media burst into a watershed moment in cultural history. The Beatles took to meditation like they had taken to Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
Bermuda Triangle: Ship Reappears 90 Years After Going Missing – World News Daily Report Havana| The Cuban Coast Guard announced this morning, that they had intercepted an unmanned ship heading for the island, which is presumed to be the SS Cotopaxi, a tramp steamer which vanished in December 1925 and has since been connected to the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. The Cuban authorities spotted the ship for the first time on May 16, near a restricted military zone, west of Havana. They made many unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the crew, and finally mobilized three patrol boats to intercept it. When they reached it, they were surprised to find that the ship was actually a nearly 100-year old steamer identified as the Cotopaxi, a name famously associated with the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. An exhaustive search of the ship led to the discovery of the captain’s logbook. Cuban expert, Rodolfo Salvador Cruz, believes that the captain’s logbook is authentic. On 29 November 1925, the SS Cotopaxi departed Charleston, South Carolina, and headed towards Havana, Cuba.
A Song-by-Song Look at What Made George Martin the Fifth Beatle Ringo Starr played drums on the first issue of the single version. Mr. Martin’s assistant, Ron Richards, produced. Recorded November 1962. The Beatles originally played this song in a lugubrious, Roy Orbison-inspired style. Unknown Beatles Unknown Chord Mystery Solved It’s the most famous chord in rock 'n' roll, an instantly recognizable twang rolling through the open strings on George Harrison’s 12-string Rickenbacker. It evokes a Pavlovian response from music fans as they sing along to the refrain that follows: "It’s been a hard day’s nightAnd I’ve been working like a dog" The opening chord to "A Hard Day’s Night" is also famous because, for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing. There were theories aplenty and musicians, scholars and amateur guitar players all gave it a try, but it took a Dalhousie mathematician to figure out the exact formula. Four years ago, inspired by reading news coverage about the song’s 40th anniversary, Jason Brown of Dalhousie’s Department of Mathematics decided to try and see if he could apply a mathematical calculation known as Fourier transform to solve the Beatles’ riddle. It worked, to a point: the frequencies he found didn’t match the known instrumentation on the song. Dr.
Women's march on Washington: The Top Moments A poem recited by Alicia Keys, a simple request from Scarlett Johansson and a stage showered with shredded newspaper thanks to Michael Moore — these were all moments that caused Women’s March on Washington attendees to explode with loud cheers. Hundreds of thousands of protesters watched speakers and performers’ passionate pleas, speeches and song on Saturday— so many speakers, in fact, that the march was delayed by nearly two hours. But marchers didn’t seem to mind. People surrounded the stage as celebrities, activists and politicians took their turns delivering their unique, inspirational messages. Here’s a look at several moments from the speeches that went viral: Actress America Ferrara’s “We are America” speech: America Ferrara, a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter in the 2016 election, led the charge early Saturday as she stepped on stage to express her hopes and fears, a day after President Donald Trump was sworn in. Activist Gloria Steinem’s message from Berlin: “Are you ready to march?”
Michael Deal ◊ Graphic Design Ongoing study of Beatles through infographics, much of which is based on secondary sources such as sales statistics, biographies, recording session notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings. This graphic traces songwriting contributions by different band members (data based on authorial attributions quantified by William J. Dowlding in the book Beatlesongs Longwinded notes: Color patterns offer clues about the band's gradual fracturing as each member became more independent. Beatles lyrics contain a number of references to their own previous songs. The shape of each album's pictograph is defined by what keys the songs were recorded in for that album. Longwinded notes: The differences between each pictograph reflect the different relationships between songs within each album. Earlier pictographs gravitate towards the upper right, the keys where the standard pop/rock blues I-IV-V chord structure is easier to finger on a guitar. -from Mark Lewisohn's book, The Complete Beatles Chronicle
Spirit Beings, Instrumental Trans-Communication, Raudive Voices & Heaven & Hell: Levels of the Spirit World Website: by Walter Semkiw, MD, from Origin of the Soul & the Purpose of Reincarnation View Daniel Drasin's Documentary Video on Instrumental Transcommunication: Calling Earth Definitions of Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) & Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) Note: Place cursor on images to enlarge and arrow keys to scroll image up and down. Spirit Beings & ITC Instrumental Transcommunication is defined as communication by spirit beings with human beings via telephones, tape recorders, televisions, computers and other electronic devices. Electronic Voice Phenomenon refers to the capture of voices from the spirit world on tape recorders or electronic devices. An example of ITC involves the the image of Frederick Juergenson, provided to the right, which is discussed below. Introduction: A Deceased Friend Telephones a Physicist from the Other Side I would like to begin this section with a personal anecdote. Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) Dr. Footnotes
Audio Analysis of the Beatles Multitrack Masters While digging through Usenet, I stumbled on these three unidentified tracks that pick apart three of the Beatles' original multitrack masters, isolating and highlighting pieces from "She's Leaving Home," "A Day in the Life," and "Come Together." It's an astounding, and very listenable, glimpse into their recording process. Update: Removed the downloads, see update below. Multitrack Analysis of She's Leaving HomeMultitrack Analysis of A Day In the LifeMultitrack Analysis of Come Together Unfortunately, I don't have any information about the source. Update: It's from a BBC Radio 6 program called The Record Producers, hosted by Richard Allinson and Steve Levine, that aired last month. January 16, 2012: I was politely contacted by Steve Levine, creator of The Record Producers, who politely asked me to remove the sound clips. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any legal way to purchase or listen to these recordings, and likely won't for some time.