TMBP Extra: Everybody had (another) good year — 2nd Blogoversary

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Work begins anew for the Beatles. From the opening scene in Let It Be.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were working stiffs like the rest of us* 45 years ago today, when those four, joined by a film crew, headed back to work after New Year’s.

The hours they put in over the subsequent month has stood the test of time, as documented on the Let It Be album and film, and with the results of their labor also eventually surfacing on Abbey Road and various solo albums.

But you all knew this.

I did too before I started this blog, two years ago today. But I just didn’t know how deep the story ran and how much more there was to these sessions. Especially with so much of our knowledge of this era couched in the record’s tumultuous production and release a year later and the breakup that preceded it.

A few days ago, I rewatched the Let It Be film (I’ve been watching it every few weeks in spurts as I write, but this was purely for “leisure,” having a few beers with my wife, who wanted to see it again). Knowing what I know now, both in my own immersion in the tapes and researching what is available about the sessions (far less than you think), I’m struck by what really got me interested in the tapes in the first place: You see all of the results, but absolutely none of the motivation.

Why did they move from Twickenham to Apple all of the sudden? Who’s this guy showing up to play keyboards? Why are there so many covers, and so many songs we’d see later on Abbey Road? What’s the deal with playing on the roof? Was that the first choice for the concert they allude to really late?

The movie creates more questions than it answers. And of course, that’s a part of what makes listening to the tapes so captivating.

Finding answers is also what makes for some really deep blog posts. In 2013, I wrote 13 posts on the timeline (of 19 total posts last year) covering a little less than 3 1/2 hours on the tapes.

Wait, what?

Yes, a mere 3 1/2 hours of conversations and rehearsals were able to form the basis of 13 posts — and more than 17,000 words therein. But talk about memorable moments in just those 200-plus minutes:

It makes you wonder what kind of film Michael Lindsay-Hogg could have made if he had his way. This drama is writing itself. And with a great soundtrack!

Cheers to you all!

Cheers to you all!

And to think, we’re only at the middle of Jan. 7.  There’s a heck of a way to go, and I can’t wait to dig in.

I can’t say enough for the support I’ve gotten from readers, be it in comments, over Twitter, Facebook and from other blogs. It’s been amazing to share this experience — and communicate with — Beatles fans as passionate and curious as I am. I want to especially thank and point back to Hey Dullblog, Kenwood, A Mythical Monkey, Ultimate Classic Rock  and the York Beatles Appreciation Society for linking to me over these years. It really makes this all the more fun to know people are reading and enjoying it.

And the most special thanks to my wife, Dianne, for being my editor and putting up with my “child-like wonder” at Paul’s playing the songs he introduced Jan. 7, 1969, live daily in 2013.

Here’s a recap of the first few days:

What’s next? More of the same in 2014. Happy New Year!

*- Full disclosure: While I may be a working stiff, I actually have the day off. But back to work Saturday!

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2 responses to “TMBP Extra: Everybody had (another) good year — 2nd Blogoversary

  1. This has been one of my favorite blogs on any topic, and if this is your two year anniversary then I must have been following it since pretty near the beginning.

    The Get Back sessions have held a warm spot in my heart ever since my father brought home a double album Get Back bootleg back in 1977, which would have been my junior year in high school. I remember it had songs I’d never heard such as “Commonwealth” “Suzy Parker” something labeled “Tennessee” on the record jacket, plus the Enoch Powell version of “Get Back” a fast version of “Two of Us” and several attempts to work out “Don’t Let Me Down.” Taken, I’m sure, off the camera rolls (you can hear an occasional high-pitched beep in the background).

    It was interesting that, even as the Beatles were disintegrating, how much John could crack up Paul — for example, as Paul is singing the chorus “Commonwealth — it’s much too wealthy for me,” Lennon replies “It’s much too common for me” and Paul nearly loses it.

    My dad was an interesting guy — conservative, middle-aged international businessman — but he took the Beatles seriously from the moment they arrived, and recommended to my big brother that he quit his summer job in 1965 so he could go see the Beatles in Atlanta. “You’ll never remember this job, but you’ll never forget seeing the Beatles.”

    Keep up the very good work!

    • Dan

      That’s a great story, and bless your dad for giving such great advice! What an amazing quote.

      I can’t thank you enough for the compliments. It’s very humbling, and I’m very appreciative. This has been just too much fun, and I’m grateful other people can enjoy this labor of love!

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