Discussion in 'Community' started by Grand_Admiral_Grant, Sep 17, 2006.
Well then, thank you so much for posting it.
In case your ears don't stop bleeding.
I was expecting it to be somewhat terrible. It was a trainwreck.
I think you pasted the wrong link
Oh no, that's to find an otolarygologist.
Oh. Duh. I was expecting to find more horrendous Beatles tributes!
You know, I tried to play McCartney's Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five on the piano today. It's super hard. And as soon as you get a feel for what's being played and how it structurally and harmonically hangs together, you're in awe of McCartney's craftsmanship - as well as his piano playing. A thing he's not even known for. He is a supreme master, the only one we have in pop music. And yet: the article's right. He is very boring. He has nothing interesting to say.
Have you read Many Years From Now?
Yes I have. Alright, let me rephrase: he has nothing interesting to say that's not about himself or the Beatles.
In that case, I urge you to familiarize yourself with:
The Unknown Paul McCartney: McCartney and the Avant-Garde
Paul McCartney: Paintings (the interview starts at page 27)
You're basing your opinion, I suspect, on rock mag interviews. (But look at the questions they ask him.)
I know all his music and his official biography. Should be sufficient.
Didn't I just say he was the greatest pop composer alive? Should be sufficient.
Look, the guy's defending Ebony and Ivory! He deserves a little flak.
Oh, in case my ears haven't stopped bleeding. It took me a ridiculously long time to get that.
Also, am I crazy or do some of those people not even know the words to the song?
Stevie Wonder for example: "Waves of hhuummph, waves of errhmhth." And take those damned maracas away. And some of them just can't even hit the right notes. It's so bad.
Sad news. I read Lewisohn's Tune In last year and there's some interesting stuff about him in there.
Whoa. George Martin. As soon as this thread was upped I suspected bad news.
To me he was the only one who could claim to be the 5th Beatle, though of course he never did that: he was as modest as he was talented. His contribution to music is enormous: from TV themes to Goon Shows, from The Beatles to Chopin, my music library is crammed with his work. He was the only one who knew what to do when John Lennon said he wanted his song to sound "like an orange". I'll play the moving "Friends And Lovers"--his own work--in his honor.
There's literally nothing else left - McCartney dies, McCartney releasing another live album. Ringo dies, Ringo releasing a new studio album.
Yeah. The Beatles are truly fading into history now.
Here's an interview from one of my favourite NZ music journos.It's a few years old, of course, but a great read (of course).
Sad news indeed. Without George Martin, the Beatles would never have gotten to where they were, he was a huge influence on their musical progress.
It may be anecdotal, but didn't he basically sign them to Parlaphone as he thought the label could do with a rock and roll band on their roster?
There's nothing I can say that has already been said or will be said by the music press. The Beatles are my favourite band, and always have been from my earliest experiences listening to their records on my Mum and Dad's vinyl player. He's a man, though invisible in many ways, who was able to speak to many generations. He truly was the man behind the curtain. This is how I choose to remember him:
Odd choice, isn't it? Not really.
The story behind Tomorrow Never Knows is one of the early stories of how music technology was commandeered in an abstract and unprecedented manner where the loop sounds are produced from the studio team, George himself included, physically pulling the tape from one reel to the other reel. But, it was a VERY technical process and my description barely scrapes the surface. Suffice it to say, Lennon's love of psychedelia was only one half of what made Tomorrow Never Knows possible. It was Martin's cunning and daring passion for producing music which pioneered his imagination to create something unique.
If John Lennon came into the studio, and said the track needed to sound more orange, he was the one who found a way to translate that idea into music.
Sir George Martin was indeed the 5th Beatle. His work in signing and shaping the sound of the Beatles is indisputable. He was a legend and will be missed.
Same here. RIP George.
If anyone deserved the title "Fifth Beatle", Martin would be it. His contributions to their greatness should not be understated and cannot be overstated.