from the music vault: The Beatles
by Michele Christopher
So we have been off on the movie week theme for a bit. Well for a week. For the last week. Get it? Week? Movies? That is done now and all of your ideas have been saved. We sometimes run out in ideas for the night. If you didn't notice FTTW has long stories in the morning that have been written all night before when one of us can't sleep, short games in the day, then a short fun post in the night. We also have a new writer who we all hope you like. thefinn is now a permanent writer on this site. We need to figure out what to do, but most likely this site will get busier as he adds more stories in. He is good and we admire him. More writers will be added shortly and this will get really busy, but since that is neither her nor there right now, let's move on to the next topic.
Favorite Beatles Album
I really don't care what you say or do, but you really have to think that anything these guys wrote had some affect of you. These guys were the epitome of getting to where you wanted to go. Amphetamine and rat cellar nights. Three shows a night. Seven days a week. They keep going. They were bigger than god.
So what was your favorite album?
Two words. Norwegian Wood. That music. That story. That voice. Forgotten and left in the past. That was a song about just laughing a day away with a lover while looking at everything but understanding nothing. Sleeping in a bathtub while she sleeps in the bed. Just waking up with sand of something that could have been slipping thru your fingers as you looked at the clock.
Thinking back on the night before when someone tells you they had to go to work in the morning and you didn't cause of what you do. Kinda resembles what is going on now with your fearless leaders of FTTW.
This bird will never fly. One of the happiest and saddest songs ever. Something about celebrating a love so fast and letting it go the next morning. Not like a one night stand. Just something that touched and flew away. Enjoying someone and then the end.
I think it is one of the best songs ever written. It tells you of life in two minutes. Sure, it's sad as fuck, but it lets you in on what has happened to you in the past. It tells you that at some point in your life, this might happen to you. Whatever you were thinking before this, just forget it. Hold on to the seconds you have and enjoy every moment you have with her.
Just savor the moment.
Because the bird might fly away the next day. - T
Beatles - Norwegian Wood
If you know me well, you know I’m not a big Beatles fan. I pretty much dismiss their early stuff as boy-band pop music. But their later stuff, I was able to get into some of it. Abbey Road. At least the second side. The White Album. And -
Jesus. 1966? This album is almost as old as me. I remember listening to this on my parent’s stereo, one of those huge cabinet deals that look like a piece of furniture. This had to be the early 70's, I guess. I ask my mother - is this the same Beatles that sang "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"? Yes? Really? Wow.
I borrowed the album and brought it in my room. This was headphones stuff. I guess I was about 11. Maybe 12. Thinking this was a trippy kind of album, though I didn’t really have the word “trippy” in my vocabulary at the time. Psychedelic. That was a big word then. That’s what Revolver was.
I kind of grew into this album. The older I got, the more the songs changed meaning, the more the music felt like something different. But the thing that remained was the songs I skipped. Eleanor Rigby? Pass. Gotta Get You Into My Life? Pass. Good Day Sunshine? Pass. And there were songs where when they were done I lifted the needle and put it back on the beginning of the track again. A couple of times. I’m Only Sleeping. She Said, She Said. You can pretty much figure out that the heavy McCartney tunes don’t do much for me but the Lennon tunes do. In fact, I have this disdain for McCartney that eats at my soul, but that’s another story for another day.
She Said is the one song I still listen to all the time. This is about being in a relationship where the other person makes you feel meaningless. Where you are with someone, but alone. And nothing matters anymore. You may as well be dead because everything sucks now and it's not going to get any better. Kind of grabs you. What was just a sad song to me when I was younger became a really depressing song later on. But I listen anyhow, because it gives poetic words to something I've felt.
Beatles - She Said, She Said
Kind of a departure from punk rock, eh? . Really, I never thought I'd be writing about the Beatles here. Or at all. But sometimes you just like to recognize music that had an influence on you. Or on the bands you like. I mean, it's the Beatles. Gotta give props. And were were both able to find albums by them we really liked. And we did it without really bagging on McCartney. Much.
So what's your favorite Beatles album?