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Friday, August 21, 2009

Ah, The Night Before

One of the advantages (well make that the only advantage) of the long drives to Hartford for me is that I actually have to sit, as a captive audience, and actually listen to stuff. Seven hours in the car will do that to you. Anyway, driving back from Connecticut today I played a copy of The Beatles Help CD. Amazing stuff. Considering that this music is almost 45 years old, it holds up remarkably well. Anyway, one of the my favorite tracks on Help is "The Night Before"; it's a McCartney song* that just has this great vibe to it. Also, like a lot of the songs on Help, I also really dig the background vocals.

(*) Contrary to the famous 'Lennon/McCartney' songwriting credit, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote very few of their songs together; stylistically it's pretty easy for a Beatles fan to tell the work of either Beatle apart, but a good rule of thumb is that the lead singer is the generally the composer.

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