Creating a Blog..

BEATLES - 1965

My name is Bianca and currently I’m 16 and I don’t feel okay at all.

So the reason I created this blog (that probably no one will read) is that I love the Beatles and I have nothing better to do, even though I should be studying history right now.

I pretend to write daily but maybe there will be days when that won’t be possible because of school and other stuff. Or maybe I will be busy listening to the boys instead of writing.

One of the main reasons why I think it must be cool to keep a blog is that I can read everything when I’m older, just like a virtual diary. Maybe 30 years from now I’ll read something saying that I was sad so I listened to Hey Jude and made it better, and I think it will be nice. It can also be my hiding place since I really need one.. I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure because of a lot of things (school, family, self doubt, etc) and I don’t know if I can get through it sometimes. I just need to put everything in here since I have no one to talk to, either because they really don’t care or because I don’t want to be a burden for them with my stupid fears.

Anyway, I’m only sure that even if nobody reads what I write, I’ll keep on doing it and loving  the Beatles. They’re with me eight days a week, helping me get through stuff and saving me!

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The Shea Stadium show was 52 years ago

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The Beatles’ show at the Shea Stadium was 52 years ago today! It was one of the biggest moments for the boys and for the world too. It was the first Rock show on an open stadium and was massive. Around 55600 were present and the show was completely sold out. I can’t imagine how they felt like. All eyes were on them and it was such a big audience with lots of girls screaming like crazy. It must’ve been really hard because they could barely hear themselves. They probably had a lot of pressure not to fail. Later Paul said that “Once you know you’ve filled a place that size, it’s magic; just walls of people. Half the fun was being involved in this gigantic event ourselves.” 

It’s amazing to watch videos of the event because it makes me feel like I was there too at the time (sorry if it sounds lame). I just get chills and it’s truly magical. I can’t believe an event with this dimension was real. I hope I could’ve lived it too, it would be the most amazing thing. But hopefully, we’ve been getting lots of footage of The Beatles and other bands/artists of the time and other big moments so it’s not that bad. We can still live it a little through the screen.

Here’s the list of the songs played at the 1965 show:

  • Twist & Shout
  • She’s A Woman
  • I Feel Fine
  • Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  • Ticket To Ride
  • Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Baby’s In Black
  • Act Naturally
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Help!
  • I’m Down

 

 

 

Here is some footage of the show in case you’d like to watch!

 

I hope we’ll have more and better videos of the show later but anyway have a nice day and I’m pretty sure that knocked out girl in the last video was me on my other life.

Thank you!

52th anniversary of Help!

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Help! was released 52 years ago, once more an album with the soundtrack of the homonymous movie. The Beatles were still living the pick of Beatlemania at the time but their music was already suffering some changes. Maybe because 1965 was also the year when George and John first tried LSD.

It’s another great album from them and of course the majority of the songs were written by John and Paul. George wrote I Need You and You Like Me Too Much. It has great songs like Yesterday, which is now the most covered song of all time. I believe this album also shows how they were feeling about all that Beatlemania stuff and all the stress. John said that he wrote Help! with that in mind and probably they all felt like it.

A

  • Help!
  • The Night Before
  • You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  • I Need You
  • Another Girl
  • You’re Going To Lose That Girl
  • Ticket To Ride

B

  • Act Naturally
  • It’s Only Love
  • You Like Me Too Much
  • Tell Me What You See
  • I’ve Just Seen A Face
  • Yesterday
  • Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Help! was going to be called Eight Arms To Hold You but I think Help! sounds a lot better, at least when it comes to the message of the song.

It’s a great album even though it’s one of my least favourite albums by The Beatles. Here’s my favourite song from it and its main song.

 

 

Have a nice day!

51 years since Revolver!

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Revolver was released in the UK 51 years ago and 3 days later in the US. The album was really successful and it’s one of my favourite albums not only by The Beatles but in general.

It definitely changed the game for them and for the music industry. It was when they really started investing in the psychedelic sound and even the cover of the album is pretty cool. It was designed by a friend of them, Klaus Voormann.

It has amazing songs and here’s the list: 

A:

  • Taxman
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • I’m Only Sleeping
  • Love You To
  • Here, There And Everywhere
  • Yellow Submarine
  • She Said She Said

B:

  • Good Day Sunshine
  • And Your Bird Can Sing
  • For No One
  • Doctor Robert
  • I Want To Tell You
  • Got To Get You Into My Life
  • Tomorrow Never Knows

George wrote three of these songs (Taxman, I Want To Tell You and Love You To) which isn’t that bad, remembering that it was really hard for him and Ringo to stand out a bit in the albums.

For the anniversary of the album, the Rolling Stone magazine published 15 facts about Revolver that are pretty awesome so I’m going to leave them here. It was really interesting knowing that they could’ve died electrocuted while recording it.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/beatles-revolver-15-things-you-didnt-know-w432446

Revolver is still one of the greatest albums and still influences many artists and here are my favourite songs from it since I couldn’t decide which one.

 

 

Have a nice day and keep rocking!

New song by Ringo & Paul!

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Paul and Ringo finally released new music together! We’re On the Road Again came out on Thursday, 27th July, and it’s amazing. 

The song had other musicians working on it besides Paul. Joe Walsh (Eagles), Edgar Winter and Steve Lukather (both from Toto) played too. Ringo’s new album, Give Me Love, will be released on 15th September (it looks like September will hopefully be such a great month for me). 

I liked the song a lot and can’t wait to listen to the rest of the album, I’m sure it will be fantastic. 

Here’s the song:

 

Hope you enjoy the song too and peace & love!

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Me, listening to the first second of any song by Ringo

Finally (almost) in my country!

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today-The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond

It’s true. “It Was Fifty Years Ago Today… Sgt Pepper and Beyond” will finally be released in September here in Portugal and the teaser has already come out. The movie directed by Alan Parker is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the iconic album this year.  It was released in other countries on 26th September, but it will only be in our cinemas in a month and something. It happened the same with Eight Days A Week: The Touring Days. I actually watched it in New Year’s Eve waiting for midnight and 2017 to arrive.

I’m really excited and can’t wait to watch it, I love that people keep on making documentaries about them and studying their careers and Beatlemania. Pete Best appears in the movie and it’s great to see him again. 

Here’s the teaser I found and that really made me curious about the movie. It seems to have a lot of quality.

 

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I will write about what I thought about the documentary (hopefully only great things!) after watching it. 

 

Have a nice day!

49 years since Yellow Submarine

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On July 17, 1968,  took place at the London Pavilion on Piccadilly Circus, the premiere of Yellow Submarine. The movie’s about Pepperland (a place under the sea protected by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band). The land falls under a surprise attack from the evil Blue Meanies, who live in or beyond the blue mountains. It all starts like this and basically the Blue Meanies lose at the end and everything turns out fine. The story is very famous so I don’t think it’s necessary to put it all here. The Beatles loved the movie too and George even called it a classic. Ringo said that for years children would ask him “Why did you press the button?” in reference to when the cartoon Ringo inexplicably pressed the panic button in the yellow submarine, ejecting him into the Sea of Monsters. John told that his son Sean found out about his Beatle past watching the movie at a playmate’s house. He came home and asked his dad why he was a cartoon.

It’s soundtrack is iconic and I remember listening to Yellow Submarine on YouTube as a kid after searching for Love Me Do (I had to sing Love Me Do at school for Valentine’s Day that year). It got stuck on my head for a long time and I thought the song was cheerful and great for our age. 

Even though the soundtrack  album is the worst one for the critics and most people, I don’t agree with that. I don’t think any of their albums is bad neither (I’m being honest). It was a different work and surely they had lots of fun. Both the movie and it’s songs are legendary and it has many great songs too. It was another concept and I don’t think any artist or band could make the extraordinary work they did with the soundtrack for a movie starred by them in cartoons so I take off my hat for them with no shame. Here’s the full soundtrack:

A

  • Yellow Submarine
  • Only A Northern Song
  • All Together Now
  • Hey Bulldog!
  • It’s All Too Much
  • All You Need Is Love

 

B

  • Pepperland
  • Sea Of Time
  • Sea Of Holes
  • Sea Of Monsters
  • March Of the Meanies
  • Pepperland Laid Waste
  • Yellow Submarine In Pepperland 

All the songs from the A side were written by Lennon and McCartney except for Only A Northern Song and It’s All Too Much that are by George Harrison. The ones from the B side were written by George Martin (except for Yellow Submarine In Pepperland that is from John and Paul but was arranged by Martin).

The premiere was chaotic of course and were also present other bands like The Rolling Stones and The Who. All the boys were with their girls but Paul went alone. Jane Asher (his girlfriend at the time) said their relationship was over three days later on TV.

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Yoko, John and Paul at the premiere

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Finally, I’ll let here my favourite song from the movie, my favourite scene from it and the trailer, here below the single.

I’m really sorry but I couldn’t find the original version of the song on YouTube because there were only covers, so here’s Ringo singing it live.

This is one of my favourite songs from them. It’s not from the album because it’s on Revolver but it’s in the movie too.

 

Don’t forget it.. We all live in a yellow submarine! Yellow Submarine! Yellow Submarine!

53 years of A Hard Day’s Night on Beatles Day!

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On 10 July, 1964, The Beatles released A Hard Day’s Night, both the single and the album. They came back to Liverpool on that day for the premiere. 

It was the only Beatles album to feature just Lennon-McCartney songs and it entered the UK charts on 18 July. Side one contained songs from the movie soundtrack and the other side featured six more songs. It hit number one on 25 July 1964, where it remained for an astonishing 21 consecutive weeks. In all it spent 38 weeks in the UK charts, and by the end of 1964 had sold more than 600,000 copies. 

A

  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Tell Me Why
  • I’ll Cry Instead
  • I Should Have Known Better (instrumental)
  • I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
  • And I Love Her (instrumental)

B

  • I Should Have Known Better
  • If I Fell
  • And I Love Her
  • Ringo’s Theme (This Boy) (instrumental)
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • A Hard Day’s Night (instrumental)

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About the premiere John later said they were very nervous because of being seen as heroes by the Liverpool people and they were afraid people would think they changed since they were in their early Beatles style: suit and a really clean appearance. He was so nervous that he did a greeting gesture similar to Hitler‘s (probably without thinking since he never thought much before acting) but got away with it because people weren’t really paying attention to those things. 

 

The Beatles Day

Since this returning to Liverpool for the premier, this day is considered one of the landmarks in their rise to fame so in 2008 it became official that it would be celebrated as The Beatles Day not only in Liverpool but as also in Hamburg and other cities. 

Others choose to celebrate this day on 27 February in the USA to mark the beauty and peacefulness of the Fab Four‘s music in time for Spring.

 

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And now.. May I leave my favourite song from the album, my favourite scene from the movie and the trailer, here below the single.

 

 

 

 

Happy Beatles Day!

Happy Birthday Ringo!

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It’s Ringo’s 77th birthday! I’m glad he’s still alive even after all those struggles he’s been through. He was definitely underrated and still is. People always talk about John and Paul when asked about The Beatles and forget George and Ringo. Some people talk about George sometimes but not enough, and mostly don’t care for Ringo. It’s really unfair.

He was a very influent drummer for a lot of musicians these days and still is an inspiration for the youngest generations, also he talked about being a left handed drummer a lot too which is useful to other left handed drummers. 

I love his solo career, I don’t know why people judge it so much. I’m always hearing that he doesn’t know how to make music and that he was an unimportant Beatle and that pisses me off because he doesn’t deserve that. Probably a lot of people will only show respect for him when he’s dead, like usually happens..

I get really emotional when I see his social media posts because he says “Peace and Love” like five times in a row and uses a thousand emojis. I admire a lot his projects for Peace and it’s so important for me that he pays attention to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress and abuse. Here’s the link in case you need:

http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/peacelovefund/

He also contributes to The Lotus Foundation .

http://www.ringostarrart.com/the-lotus-foundation/

One of my favourite Simpsons scenes was about Ringo. Apparently, Marge was a Beatlemaniac as a teenager and was in love with Ringo. She sent him a painting she made of him and he only opened it many years later and replied to her. 

Hopefully, both Ringo and Paul will still celebrate many birthdays and we all love them and I truly desire that Ringo feels loved now and always.

 

Happy birthday Ringo!

John and Paul met 60 years ago!

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On this day, in the year of 1957, John and Paul met for the first time! It all started because John’s band at the time, The Quarrymen, performed  at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool. 

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Midway through their first set, 15-year-old Paul showed up to watch the guys play.  Paul got to talk to John after the performance by being presented by a mutual friend and tried to show a bit of his skills on the guitar to John, hoping that he could become a member of the band too.  Even though John tried to be badass and not making it easy for Paul at the moment, two weeks later they were really playing together.

Paul also taught John how to play better the guitar and they became very close, maybe because not only they had in common the passion for Rock’n’Roll as they both lost their mother (Julia was still alive but her relationship with John was really hard and he felt abandoned). 

In the movie Nowhere Boy (a movie about John before the Beatles and until his moving to Hamburg) there’s a scene representing this iconic meeting between the boys and those guitar lessons. The movie’s great! I watched 5 times or something already.

 

Today I wonder a lot about how different things could be if this meeting didn’t happen. If Paul didn’t go to John and tried his luck, if something happened and one of them couldn’t be there, if the party got canceled for some reason, if they didn’t get along.. So many ifs, so many different paths. Maybe they would meet later in other situation and in such a different way but things wouldn’t be the same, I believe. I think they really needed each other’s support at the moment. And by the way, Paul presented George to John and the rest of the group, and convinced him to listen to George and give him a chance. And he was given it. Maybe things really are how they’re supposed to be.

Anyway, thank God they met, thank God John had the crazy idea of starting a Rock’n’Roll band out of nowhere and thank God they were invited to play at that party as also many other things Beatlemaniacs are thankful for.  Paul and John became one of the best partnerships ever and wrote more than a hundred of songs (successful songs) together and both are recognized globally as two of the best musicians the world saw (same for George and Ringo, of course). 

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(McLennon couldn’t miss)

Have a nice day!

 

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