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today’s birthday: Norman Mailer (1923)


Norman Mailer (1923)

American writer Norman Mailer was catapulted to fame at 25 with the publication of The Naked and the Dead, a partially autobiographical novel based on his World War II service. He pioneered the use of novelistic techniques in nonfiction works, a style known as New Journalism, and won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for The Armies of the Night. He won his second Pulitzer in 1980 with The Executioner’s Song, a novel depicting the events surrounding whose execution? More… Discuss

Leonard Cohen, Ghent, Alexandra Leaving 15-8-2012, (from the Book of Longing)


article: Porgy and Bess (Summertime with Miles Davis Porgy and Bess 1958)


Porgy and Bess

The folk opera Porgy and Bess is American composer George Gershwin’s most ambitious work. Controversial since its release in 1935 for its depiction of African Americans, it tells the story of Porgy, a crippled black man living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, and his attempts to rescue Bess from Crown, her pimp, and Sportin’ Life, a drug dealer. Which song from the show is one of the most popular cover songs ever, with an estimated 30,000 different versions recorded? More… Discuss

Summertime Miles Davis Porgy and Bess 1958

Holidays Concert at euzicasa: Rhapsody In Blue, by George Gershwin (great compositions/performances)


Rhapsody In Blue: Gershwin

this day in the yesteryear: John Lennon Leaves the Beatles (1969): remember John’s song “Woman”?


John Lennon Leaves the Beatles (1969)

Tensions were high during the recording sessions for what were to be the Beatles’ final albums. John Lennon described working on Let It Be as “hell.” Exactly a month after finishing “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”—the last time all four Beatles would be in the studio together—Lennon told his bandmates that he was going solo. To avoid jeopardizing sales of Abbey Road, which was released just days later, Lennon’s departure was kept a secret. When was the group’s dissolution formalized? More… Discuss

John Lennon – Woman (2010)

today’s birthday: Paul McCartney (1942) and the message is: ” never let die!” (listen to the young people music)


Paul McCartney (1942)

Arguably the most commercially successful performer and composer in popular music history, singer, songwriter, and musician Paul McCartney is a rock legend. In 1960, McCartney, together with John Lennon, founded the Beatles, a group that came to define a generation. After the band broke up in 1970, McCartney went on to record a number of hit albums with the group Wings, and he continues to have a successful solo career. Which of his songs has the distinction of being the most-covered song ever? More… Discuss

just a thought: The Beatles’ Yesterday (remember your past experiences and cherish them: they are indeed who you are today”) ©


just a thought: “The Beatles’ Yesterday (remember your past experiences and cherish them:  they are indeed who you are today”)©

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un ricordo dei grandi Beatles

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John Lennon stand by me (to whom does the Earth belong? No, to “him”, not to “her”, not to “them”….IT BELONG TO US, ALL OF US!)


John Lennon stand by me (to whom does the Earth belong? No it doesn’t belong to “him”, nor to “her”, nor to “them”….IT BELONGS TO US ALL, ALL OF US!)

Happy 4Th of July!: “IMAGINE”, John Lennon!


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John Lennon Stand by Me (viral on YouTube Uploaded on Jun 25, 2006 – 36,715,408 views + 1)


The Beatles: Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown)


John Lennon: Imagine (This goes to all John Lennon’s admirer and friends!)


Songwriters: Lennon, John

Send “Imagine” Ringtone to your Cell
Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… 

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… 

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one 

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… 

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

 

John Lennon – Imagine


True Love Leaves No Traces: Leonard Cohen’s Album: Death of a Ladies’ Man (1977)


As the mist leaves no scar
On the dark green hill
So my body leaves no scar
On you and never will
Through windows in the dark
The children come, the children go
Like arrows with no targets
Like shackles made of snow

True love leaves no traces
If you and I are one
It’s lost in our embraces
Like stars against the sun
As a falling leaf may rest
A moment on the air
So your head upon my breast
So my hand upon your hair

And many nights endure
Without a moon or star
So we will endure
When one is gone and far

True love leaves no traces
If you and I are one
It’s lost in our embraces
Like stars against the sun

[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/l/leonard-cohen-lyrics/true-love-leaves-no-traces-lyrics.html ]

Here Comes the Sun: Who Else but…The Beatles and Nina Simone


Here Comes the Sun” is a song by George Harrison from The Beatles‘ 1969 album Abbey Road. It is regarded as one of the most popular Beatles songs.

“Here Comes the Sun” is one of Harrison’s best-known Beatles’ contributions alongside “Something“. The year 1969 was a difficult one for Harrison: he was arrested for marijuana possession, he had his tonsils removed, and he had quit the band temporarily. The song was written while Harrison was away from all of these troubles.

Harrison stated in his autobiography:

“Here Comes the Sun” was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: ‘Sign this’ and ‘sign that’. Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton‘s house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote “Here Comes the Sun”.[1]

There is a lost photo from the Anthology 3 of Harrison working on the song, with the capo on the seventh fret.

Recording

Harrison, McCartney and Starr recorded the rhythm track in 13 takes on 7 July 1969. John Lennon did not contribute to the song as he was recovering from a car crash.[2] Towards the end of the session Harrison spent an hour re-recording his acoustic guitar part. He capoed his guitar on the 7th fret, resulting in the final key of A major (in fact, slightly above A major due to the track being varispeeded by less than a semitone). He also used the same technique on his 1965 song “If I Needed Someone,” which shares a similar melodic pattern. The following day he taped his lead vocals, and he and McCartney recorded their backing vocals twice to give a fuller sound.

A harmonium and handclaps were added on the 16th of July. Harrison added an electric guitar run through a Leslie speaker on 6 August, and the orchestral parts were added on 15 August. “Here Comes the Sun” was completed four days later with the addition of Harrison’s Moog synthesizer part.[3]

Voyager proposal

Astronomer and science popularizer Carl Sagan had wanted the song to be included on the Voyager Golden Record, copies of which were attached to both spacecraft of the Voyager program to provide any entity that recovered them a representative sample of human civilization. Although The Beatles favoured the idea, EMI refused to release the rights and when the probes were launched in 1977 the song was not included.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Here_Comes_the_Sun)
“Here Comes the Sun”: Nina Simone


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Let It Be: The Beatles



Let It Be lyrics
Songwriters: Lennon, John Winston; Mccartney, James Paul;

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

And when the brokenhearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be

For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer let it be
[| From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/beatles-lyrics/let-it-be-lyrics.html |]

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be

I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Yeah, let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

Let It Be is the 12th and final studio album released by the English rock band The Beatles. It was released on 8 May 1970 by the band’s Apple Records label shortly after the group announced their break-up.

Most of Let It Be was recorded in January 1969, before the recording and release of the album Abbey Road. For this reason some critics and fans, such as Mark Lewisohn, argue that Abbey Road should be considered the group’s final album and Let It Be the penultimate. Let It Be was originally intended to be released before Abbey Road during mid-1969 as Get Back, but The Beatles were unhappy with this version, which was mixed and compiled by Glyn Johns, and it was temporarily shelved. A new version of the album was created by Phil Spector in 1970 and finally released as Let It Be, serving as the album for the 1970 motion picture of the same name. While three songs from the sessions were released as singles before the album’s release, “Get Back“/”Don’t Let Me Down” and “Let It Be“, the songs were remixed by Spector for the album and “Don’t Let Me Down” was not included.

Despite a largely negative review from Rolling Stone magazine at the time of its release, the album was ranked number 86 in the magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.[1]

Let It Be… Naked was released in 2003, an alternative version of the album stripping much of Phil Spector‘s production work and using some different versions of songs.

Rufus Wainwright – Across The Universe


“Across the Universe” is a song by the English group The Beatles. It was written by John Lennon, and credited to Lennon/McCartney. The song first appeared on the various artists charity compilation album No One’s Gonna Change Our World in December 1969, and later, in different form, on Let It Be, the group’s final released album.

One night in 1967, the phrase “words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup” came to Lennon after hearing his ex-wife Cynthia, according to Lennon, “going on and on about something.” Later, after “she’d gone to sleep—and I kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream,” Lennon went downstairs and turned it into a song. He began to write the rest of the lyrics and when he was done, he went to bed and forgot about them.

I was lying next to my first wife in bed and I was thinking. It started off as a negative song and she must have been going on and on about something. She’d gone to sleep and I kept hearing, ‘Words are flowing out like endless streams…’ I was a bit irritated and I went downstairs and it turned into a sort of cosmic song rather than, ‘Why are you always mouthing off at me?’… The words are purely inspirational and were given to me – except for maybe one or two where I had to resolve a line or something like that. I don’t own it; it came through like that.

John Lennon – Anthology

The flavour of the song was heavily influenced by Lennon’s and the Beatles’ interest in Transcendental Meditation in late 1967 – early 1968, when the song was composed. Based on this he added the mantra “Jai guru deva om” (Sanskrit: जय गुरुदेव ) to the piece, which became the link to the chorus. The Sanskrit phrase is a sentence fragment whose words could have many meanings. Literally it approximates as “glory to the shining remover of darkness,”[1] and can be paraphrased as “Victory to God divine”, “Hail to the divine guru”, or the phrase commonly invoked by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in referring to his spiritual teacher “All Glory to Guru Dev.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Across_the_Universe)

PBS -2011 Peabody Winners Award: American Masters-LENNONYC


A tribute to John Lennon the Song writer, based on interviews with musicians who worked with him.