OA: Rock Cesario Column October 10, 2008
Readers respond to Beatles songs
Thank you for all of the great response to last week’s column.
I am going to print many of your responses, and it is going to take at least two columns.
The first response is from Baron Hatch and this is what he sent:
“Fave songs: ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Rocky Raccoon,’ ‘Something,’ ‘Anything on Abbey Road.’ ”
This is from Shawn and Jody in Moab, Utah:
“Hey Rock — This is your big fan from Moab. About the only reason I agreed to pay $110 for the Sentinel this year is your Friday column. Agreed with your George Harrison picks but you left out ‘Within You and Without You’ from ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ ... You were right about the new Lindsey Buckingham album, absolutely fabulous. Is the Buckingham Nicks album with Frozen Love on it ever going to be released on CD?”
Thank you, Shawn and Jody, for the kind words. I know I left out a lot of great songs but that was my point.
From Jason Ross in Telluride:
“5) ‘I’ll Get You’ 4) ‘In My Life’ 3) ‘Long, Long, Long’ 2) ‘Dear Prudence’ 1) ‘She Said, She Said.’ A very hard list to make without adding 50 songs.”
I could not agree more, Jason. Thank you!
These five are from Leslie Spurlin:
“1. ‘In My Life’ 2. ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ 3. ‘I’ll Be Back’ 4. ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ 5. ‘I Me Mine.’ ”
These are five more great choices.
From Greg Deimling:
“Good article, my top 5 in no particular order: ‘What Goes On’ — I love John’s harmony with Ringo. Perfect song for Ringo’s talents. George’s guitar work has an amazing attention to detail and his solo is so crisp, and it’s long for those days.
“‘The End’ — I think their personalities come out in the solos. Also the irony of this being the last song on their last album is pretty trippy.
“‘A Day In The Life’ — This song’s visual imagery made you almost feel like you were part of the story. It was another song made from two different songs put together, but the listener would never know if they weren’t told.
“‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ — I saw this song played on some old footage from “American Bandstand” and the kids’ reaction was hysterical. Most were just sitting there with their mouths wide open. It really was sooo different than anything that had been before it.
“‘She Said She Said’ — I think Ringo’s drumming in this song rocks. If anyone says Ringo wasn’t a great drummer, have them listen to this song.”
Thanks, Greg. You provided excellent perspective to your choices.
These five are from Ed Fogg:
“Here Comes The Sun,” “A Day In The Life,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Back in the USSR” and “Hey Jude.”
Here is great response from Shawna. She is right and I knew that!
“Loved your Beatles article ... I’m the hugest, biggest, loudest, most vociferous Beatles freak in Colorado and couldn’t agree more about how hard it is to overestimate their influence and popularity, even 38 years after their breakup.
“One thing I had to correct about your article, however, just because I’m THAT anal about Beatles facts!
You wrote that the line in ‘I Am the Walrus’ is ‘Yellow mellow custard/dripping from a dead dog’s eye.’
“Well, sorry to tell you, but the line is actually ‘Yellow MATTER custard/dripping from a dead dog’s eye.’
“As for my faves? They’re probably going to sound off-the-wall, but here you go: ‘Hello Goodbye,’ ‘And Your Bird Can Sing,’ ‘Hey Bulldog,’ ‘Things We Said Today’ and ‘Happiness is a Warm Gun.’
“Keep up the good work! Yours, Shawna Morgan-Kimble, Aurora, CO.”
That is only seven out of 19 e-mails, so it might take two more columns.
Thanks again for your responses.