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Why Did The Beatles Cross The Road?

A great Throwback Thursday edition…

Last night, August 7, I was sitting in a music studio during my daughter’s piano lesson.

While the teacher went over all the scales, notes, rests, measures, and other musical jargon with my daughter, I began to focus on the huge “Abbey Road” poster hanging above the piano.  Of course I’ve seen the image before.  It’s obviously iconic.  I’ve even noticed the poster in the studio before.  But tonight I really noticed it.

I vaguely recalled hearing stories about Paul.  And wasn’t he barefoot?  From where I sat it looked like he probably was.  Or were those just light colored shoes?  Maybe I was just bored with listening to the lesson but I let my mind wander even more.

Why were they walking in the order they were?  Did Ringo really want to walk behind John?  Wasn’t Paul concerned with possibly stepping on the backs of Ringo’s shoes with his bare feet?  Did the photographer call out John for walking too fast and having to make the others hurry to catch up?  Why were they wearing the clothes they were wearing?  Whose decision was it to have them walk across the street?  Had they each made their own decision on what to wear or was it a managerial decision? Other than the Abbey Road studio being on the same street, why this street?  Why a street at all?  Who owned the VW?  What was each one thinking as they crossed the street?  In scrutinizing the photo from where I was sitting, they didn’t look very happy.  Then again, I knew “Abbey Road” was recorded near the end. So maybe that was it.

When I arrived home like any curious bugger would, I jumped online and found an article written in 2016 about the story behind the album’s artwork.  Ironically, the photo for “Abbey Road” was one of six shot by photographer Lain Macmillan at 10 in the morning on August 8, 1969.  Fifty years ago this very day.

I read on about how traffic had been stopped for ten minutes while this photographer stood on a stepladder to get shots.  Of course I’d heard the stories about Paul being “dead” and many had a theory that the Paul in the photo really wasn’t Paul.  There’s a VW allegedly depicting a license plate that read “28IF” indicating to some theorists that Paul would have been 28 “if he lived” (but who can read the plate?).  Interesting but kind of far-fetched.  Also many believe that the members are wearing the clothes they are wearing as a representation of Paul being “dead”:  John is in white representing Jesus, Ringo, in black, is the undertaker, Paul is barefoot and allegedly walking with his eyes closed (who can tell?) because he’s “dead”.  He’s also holding a cigarette in his right hand, although he is left-handed.  But who holds a cigarette in their hand at all if they’re dead?  Finally, George is all in denim because he’s the gravedigger.  It’s an interesting theory and it very well may have been the band’s way at playing one final game with their fans before their split.  But even Paul has dismissed it.  Or was it really Paul?

Anyway, here we are on August 8, 2019 to celebrate fifty years of one of the most iconic album covers of our time.  May it still intrigue music lovers fifty years from now and leave them wondering as much as it has made me wonder.

 

 

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Inspiring A World Of Kindness

The trailer for “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” was released yesterday and why has it hit me in the emotional gut like a ton of bricks?  Because I’ve never cried over a movie trailer before.

Maybe it’s because the movie revolves around Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the long-running PBS children’s show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”.  Or maybe it’s because the movie is about a skeptic who ends up seeing things more clearly as a result of his time spent interviewing Mr. Rogers?  Or maybe it’s because my favorite actor Tom Hanks stars in the movie as Mr. Rogers and absolutely nails it?  Maybe it’s all three and more.  I don’t know.  All I know is that I can’t get enough of the trailer and I have never anticipated a movie so much in my life.

The next four months are going to seem like an eternity!

Posted in 80's, Entertainment, music

It Was Our “Woodstock”

A throwback moment to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the greatest musical moment from my generation:  Live Aid.

 

July 13, 1985.  Thirty-four years and many musical memories ago.  I’m so glad I was alive to be a part of that event.

No, I wasn’t there in Philly.  Nor in England.  I didn’t get to ride the Concorde with Phil Collins.  But I had dragged my 14-year-old ass out of bed at 5:30 a.m. on a summer weekend so I could tune into the concert of the decade.  Maybe even the century.

It started around noon UK time, which put us at 6-ish.  They were broadcasting the entire thing on the radio so I had my cassettes and tape recorder ready to go.

Then there was JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.  To be there must’ve been something else.  I longed to see Powerstation and Madonna.  Waiting to see Duran Duran perform that evening was like torture.  I remember getting to see the last few hours of the show broadcast on TV.  Another thing to thank Dick Clark for.

Thirty years later I still have some of the cassettes that I recorded.  I have the “Live Aid” book.  I’ll have to scan through that later and continue with my walk down memory lane.

Such nostalgia for such an innocent time in my life…

 

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It’s True. Life IS Like A Box of Chocolates

It’s been twenty-five years since Tom Hanks forever ran into our hearts as Forrest Gump, the lovable simpleton from Greenbow, Alabama.

My first memories of “Forrest Gump” came from the numerous billboards I would see as I traveled to and from work.  “Gump Happens” and “Hanks Is Gump” they read.

I know it’s a movie starring Tom Hanks, I thought.  But what the hell is Gump?

I was on vacation in Florida when the movie was released and I saw clips of the film on the TV in my hotel room.  Everyone was talking about it.  When I saw a trailer depicting the scene where Forrest visits the White House and shows LBJ where he got shot, I knew I had to see the remainder of the film.

I had been a big Tom Hanks fan before “Forrest Gump” but his role as Forrest made me a fan for life.  To date Forrest Gump is my favorite Tom Hanks’ character.  Twenty-five years later this movie still resonates with me.  It’s easy to remember all the scenes.  All the supporting characters such as Lt. Dan, Bubba and of course, Jenny.  And the quotes are something to live by.

Here’s to another twenty-five years of “Forrest Gump”.

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143

Anyone who has had the privilege of seeing the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” will know the significance behind the numbers 143.

I was fortunate enough to receive this DVD as a gift for Christmas and have watched it several times in the past week.  The first time I viewed it I was moved to tears.  I didn’t realize I’d be bawling each time I saw it.  But I was.

If you have not seen this documentary, see it.  It may be the best thing you’ve done for yourself in a long time.

The basics of the documentary is a very simple philosophy:  A little kindness makes a world of difference.

I won’t give away the secret behind the numbers 143.  All I will tell you is that it has a very special meaning.  One that we all need to be reminded of every day.