We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Went down to NYC today to visit one of the pupettes. Had a delicious lunch in Chelsea. Deep-fat fried Cape Cod cod on a bun with mayo and fries. Read the Wall St. Journal which was plopped on her doorstep while waiting for her to get dressed. Dead tree version.
A fine, sentimental experience, as one who remembers the pleasures of such things. It's an interesting newspaper.
George Martin was really one of the Beatles, was he not?
Indeed he was. In fact, the mystery "CHONG" chord at the beginning of "Hard Day's Night" was discovered to include Martin playing on the piano. A mathematician named Jason Brown did a Fornier Analysis on the piece and discovered the mystery component [url]http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2008/11/beatles-hard-days-night-mystery-chord-solved/]To quote from the article:[/url]
"What he found was interesting: the frequencies he found didn’t match the instruments on the song. George played a 12-string Rickenbacker, John Lennon played his 6 string, Paul had his bass – none of them quite fit what he found. He then realized what was missing – the 5th Beatle. George Martin was also on the record, playing a piano in the opening chord, which accounted for the problematic frequencies.” The piano chord included an extra F note which would have been impossible with a guitar."
The combination of 12 string Rickenbacker, 6 string Gibson Hummingbird, 4 string Hofner bass and the piano produced the famous sound.
Martin's influence on the Beatles and the music they produced was immense to the point that the production work he did and the arranging of various songs. Without him, there might not have been a "Beatles".
When I saw the challenger rise into the sky catch fire and blow up. This last part of the song, "A day in the life", came to mind.
The crescendo rising the music through the frequencies, from around 3:53 to the end of the crescendo, the pause, THEN that one E-major cord at 4:20, that trails off into the heavens. This was about the same amount of time the Challenger was in flight before they touched the face of GOD.
That was a tragic day for all of us.
Interesting that the Beatles had made this up in 1967 even before Americans went to the moon.
Here is some information about the final cord: "Following the final orchestral crescendo, the song ends with one of the most famous final chords in music history.
Lennon, McCartney, Starr, and Evans shared three different pianos, with Martin on the harmonium, and all played an E-major chord simultaneously. The final chord was made to ring out for over forty seconds by increasing the recording sound level as the vibration faded out. Towards the end of the chord the recording level was so high that listeners can hear the sounds of the studio, including rustling papers and a squeaking chair."