Thursday, March 05, 2009

I lost a wonderful and irreplaceable friend this week.
Barrie Lee Jones - April 9, 1945 - March 3, 2009

Rest in peace, my buddy. You will be sorely missed by all.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Beatles bigger than Jesus? Just a Lennon joke: Vatican paper

PARIS (AFP) — The Vatican's daily newspaper marked the 40th anniversary of the "White Album" on Friday by dismissing as a "quip" John Lennon's notorious claim that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ.

The legendary double album -- which came out on November 22, 1968 at the height of the Fab Four's influence and popularity -- was "a magical musical anthology" from a band "full of talent," L'Osservatore Romano said.

Rather inevitably, its lengthy article kicked off with Lennon's remark to a London newspaper in March 1966 that "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink ... We're more popular than Jesus now".

"It is a phrase that provoked deep indignation at the time, but which sounds today like a quip from a young man from the English working class overtaken by unexpected success," the newspaper wrote.

The real talent of the Beatles, it said, "rested in their unequalled capacity to write popular songs with a sort of euphoric lightness that constituted a genuine trademark".

"Today," it went on to lament, "recordings seem above all to be standardized and stereotyped -- falling well short of the creativity of the Beatles."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yellow submarine sandwich

Part Rutles, part XTC, part Beatles, all hoagie. This blew my mind back to 1970, as a toddler sititng on the sofa, rifling through my dad's Peter Max art book. A jingle that will stick in your mind, too. Very clever!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

You never know, she might have knitted it

Exciting news for knitters and crocheters (and count me in, I'm one): Beatles-themed yarn from Berroco, called Love it!
Now you can knit something up in Octopus' Garden, Martha My Dear (my favorite) or a few others. 58% Cotton, 38% Acrylic, 4% Polyester.

You know I'm totally hitting the fabric shops this weekend to grab a ball or two. Yes, I'm that much of a geek.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Video of the week

I can't stop watching this vid. The audience's enthusiasm is amusing, infectious - not to mention legendary. I can't help wondering what the guys were thinking while they were onstage during this mayhem!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

It's a steady job but he wants to be a radio DJ

Dr. Chuck Stevens, Beatleologist extraordinaire, will return to local (Tampa Bay) airwaves this month on Q-105 FM. Does this mean "Breakfast With the Beatles" will return to its Sunday morning slot? Ah, the memories. Only time - and Dr. Chuck - will tell. Go get 'em Chuck!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Peek Inside Across Their Universe for September...

"...I HAVE BEEN A FAN of the Fab Four for about five or six years. I am an avid listener of the oldies station here in St. Louis, KLOU-FM. The main reason I started listening to the Beatles' music and collecting memorabilia is because a friend of mine taped one of her CDs for me right after I broke up with one of my ex-boyfriends. I was hoping that we could work it out, but I guess that wasn't the case. One of the songs on the tape was "We Can Work It Out," and it just hit me like a ton of bricks.

I later saw the movie A Hard Day's Night, which inspired me to go out and buy the CD, and then later, I saw Help!, and then came Magical Mystery Tour, and finally, the animated Yellow Submarine. I just had to get their music.

I will be honest and say that, as a musician myself, Paul McCartney -- my favorite Beatle -- inspired me with his music and lyrics, so whenever I write a song, it sounds like something that he would have written, plus it has the general sound of his music. I love the sounds of the '60s, there's no denying that.

After I began collecting their music, my grandfather died. I heard the song "Let It Be," and that helped me out quite a bit. And to this day, that is my all time favorite song, not to mention my motto in life. Everything that happens, no matter how bad or how good, happens for a reason, so I have to just "let it be."

My apartment looks like a shrine to the Beatles. I have over thirty posters, all on my walls -- including one in the bathroom -- and some are posters of the album covers, while others are just regular poses of them. My favorite poster has got to be the cover of Beatles For Sale. It just looks so wonderful!" -- Wanita Chaffin, St. Louis, MO
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