Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I’d love to turn you on
“4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire” – a fantastic line in a fantastic song. Though I fear I am perhaps overly infatuated with the Beatles, they were indeed remarkable and really moved me and indeed changed my life. Perhaps more importantly for today, they set up sign posts and precedents for how art might function in our time. » Read the rest of this entry «
Somehow I missed this movie. It is a Masterpiece. Buy it. Rent it. Whatever.
See it. Hear it.
(Update – 8.3.08)
Beatles fanatic that I am, I don’t know how I missed seeing Across the Universe when it first came out in late 2007.
I remember seeing the title up on the marquis at the State Theater on campus and of course being curious. I seem to remember hearing part of a musical track – I Want To Hold Your Hand? – and thinking that it was a really good cover of the song. But still, time being what it is, I never pulled it together to go out of my way to seek the film out.
I’ve been thinking a bit about Process and Product, and music in the public mind.
A Hard Day’s Night is a place in the universe where Process and Product mutually consumed each other. The Process was a process of creating Product, and the Product was an embodiment of the Process creating Product embodying Process creating…
So there is a magical feedback loop between Process and Product that can lead to an incredibly joyful and inventive and vivacious Product embodying Process creating Product embodying Process…
The thing about The Beatles is that yes, the music and the songs were great in of themselves – I mean the singing and the compositions were often first rate, but there was another dimension.
These four guys were in such an incredible movie – the movie of their lives together – that the incredible process that they were caught up in inevitably was a part of the product that was produced.
Product is empty if the Process is a drag. Process is a drag without a Product to inspire us to fulfill our highest selves.
Listen to this with your eyes closed. Then watch the video if you’d like. But listen first.
I’m a huge Joni Mitchell fan. I don’t like everything she’s done, and there are some things that I LOVE that I can’t listen to every day or even every year – and yet – wow…
What’s my favorite Joni Mitchell album? Night Ride Home, hands down. It came out in 1991. I was late getting started with CDs. When I first got a CD player I went to a store – next to the Yale Co-op in New Haven? – and bought three discs. Sargent Pepper’s Lonley Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions – and then I wanted to get one more. I saw there was a new Joni Mitchell disc in a fancy collector’s package.
I’m listening to a lot of The Beatles this week as I affix the arranger and record producer’s hat to my exploding head.
Why The Beatles?
Because they were the best. By far. No contest.
On the Anthology discs there is a clip of the band playing This Boy live. They’re good. Tight harmonies. Professional. Then they get to the bridge and John Lennon takes it absolutely through the roof. No turning back here…. » Read the rest of this entry «