Today is the fiftieth anniversary of release in the United States of the Beatles eleventh and final album, Abby Road To celebrate, the album was re-released with rare sessions and outtakes.
Tag: the Beatles
Oct 01 2019
Aug 04 2014
“We were talking about the space between us all”
“It’s always the same story. For a fact that interests us, touches us, it is necessary that it becomes part of our inner life, it is necessary that it does not originate far from us, that is the people we know, people who belong to the circle of our human space.”
“Hasta allí Gramsci. Siempre un adelantado. Siempre con los que sufren.”
We all need justice and safety, none more than Jews in the wake of the Holocaust. But apparently those “filthy Arabs” are humans too. An artificial redefinition of space known as “a new nation” can be founded for ostensibly “humane” reasons but use patently inhumane means of achievement.
I thought in a “constitutional” “democracy” we were supposed to all agree on certain basic organic principles (not including freedom from want and fear, of course) and then work out the details with voting?–unless, of course, we are Native Peoples, African Americans, or European Americans who happened to be poor in the temperate Atlantic region of North America in the late 1700’s. What could possibly go wrong? For a contemporary answer to this non-academic question, so dependent on militarization and deception, look to the southeastern side of the Mediterranean Sea.
Nov 03 2010
Woke up, rolled out of bed, a little groggy in my head from watching all those election returns. I splashed some water on my face, went to my computer and turned it on, and shook my head in dismay when I saw my home page blazing the brain-dead headline:
Obama signals willingness to compromise
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed, and though it’s really very sad, I couldn’t help feeling indeed quite mad because I knew this would continue the whole world going bad:
WASHINGTON – A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy Wednesday, one day after his party lost control of the House and suffered deep Senate losses in midterm elections.
Obama ruefully called the Republican victories “a shellacking.”
Continue trying to turn him on below the fold…
May 22 2010
The lyrics for this week’s feature song could have very easily been lifted from the script of a lobbyist from one of our largest corporate rulers when they are meeting with their leased members of Congress. The song conveys a message that propels the matter of taking someone for granted to new heights.
That aside, this week’s selection is far more about the original performer and some of the greats who covered this song, including a then seemingly insignificant, but ultimately a major turning point in rock and roll history.
The inspiration from this week’s feature song was derived from a trip to the movies by members of the band. A phrase frequently used by John Wayne in the film, “The Searchers” would become the title of this song.
Feb 06 2010
Crossposted at Daily Kos
The Who — an important band from the 1960’s ‘British Invasion’ — is scheduled to perform during the half-time show at this Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.
Anyone who is a classic rock and music aficionado has to wonder: what accounts for the popularity of such rock groups formed almost fifty years ago?
Andy Singer, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon
Feb 12 2009
This diary is all about the Beatles. It is not particularly political or topical, though some politics do sneak in. I offer it here mainly as a diversion.
I work on diaries like this when I need something calming, something to stave off however briefly the unyielding onslaught of relentlessly bad news – something to ease my woe and soothe my worried mind. Reminiscing can sometimes do that for me, and what more pleasant subject to reminisce about than music? Sweeter still, to my taste, the Beatles. Not to dismiss all the other greats, I love them all, but the Beatles were special in my life.
Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe
John Lennon – Across the Universe
Jan 25 2009
Note: This diary relies heavily on three brilliant videos from the TED conferences. They’re a little longer than your average music video but they present what I consider to be some very important ideas as well as being very interesting and entertaining. I urge you to watch them all in their entirety. I think you’ll be pleased that you did. Gracias.
Our entire improbable existence is the outcome of a long chain of bizarre circumstances, happenstances, accidents and experiments. Human society has never been anything more than a jackleg improvised house of cards – the rise and fall of civilizations themselves something of a mirage in motion, houses of smoke and mirrors, patchwork quilts comprised of dreams, hallucinations, insight and insanity, traditions and superstitions. We’ve been making it up as we went all along. Human society is an organism unto itself and subject with any certainty only to natural laws. It is understood poorly at best and nothing at all about it has ever been guaranteed. As Lithium Cola says, “what made you think any of this was ever going to work out anyway?”