Taj Mahal – Done Changed My Way of Livin’
Today’s Quote: “Yet could it be possible, in the long run, to wear clothes without learning modesty, and through modesty lasciviousness?” — C. S. Lewis in Perelandra
Music Trivia Quiz:
1. What does Dionne Warwick tell you to do “If you see me walking down the street and I start to cry each time we meet.”? A) Say A Little Prayer B) Hold Me C) Walk On By
2. What is the name of the traditional song sung to the tune of Londonderry Air? A) Danny Boy B) Greensleevers C) We Gather Together
3. What were the original lyrics to Happy Birthday To You? A) “Hello, how are you?” B) “Good morning to all.” C) “It’s raining again.”
4. Which song did Jimi Hendrix perform to close out the Woodstock concert in 1969? A) Purple Haze B) Freedom C) The Star Spangled Banner
5. Which is the longest Beatles song at 8 minutes? A) Revolution 9 B) A Day In The Life C) Hey Jude
A conversation this past weekend;
T: “Did you measure your waist before you started your exercise program?
R: “No, I didn’t.”
T: “How will you know if it’s working?”
R: When I can fit into my old jeans.”
You can’t ask for a better metric than that, can you?
Music Trivia Answers:
1. C) Walk On By [The songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis wrote this. Bacharach came up with the music, and David wrote the lyrics about a woman asking her former lover to leave her alone. Isaac Hayes did a 12-minute version on his album Hot Buttered Soul. (Songfacts.com)]
2. A) Danny Boy
3. B) “Good morning to all.”
4. C) The Star Spangled Banner [I still prefer the version on the Rainbow Bridge album.]
5. A) Revolution 9 [John Lennon wrote this with contributions from Yoko Ono. It’s a highly experimental piece. This was made by layering tape loops over the basic rhythm of Revolution. Lennon was trying to create an atmosphere of a revolution in progress. The tape loops came from EMI archives, and the “Number 9” voice heard over and over is an engineer testing equipment. Paul McCartney and Beatles producer George Martin hated it and tried to keep it off the album. This is the longest Beatles song – it runs 8:15. It also took longer to complete than any other track on album. This is the most controversial track on the album. You have to have a very open mind to appreciate it. Lennon: “This is the music of the future.” This helped fuel the “Paul is dead” rumors. If played backwards, you were supposed to hear the car crash Paul died in, and a voice saying “Turn me on, dead man.” This song was parodied on an episode of The Simpsons. When the guys form a group called The B-Sharps, Barney meets a girl during recording. He exclaims at the studio that he’s making the music of all time. The song is Barney’s girl friend (with striking resemblance to Yoko Ono) saying “Number 8” and Barney burping. (Songfacts.com)]
I’m four out of five again. I have to claim ignorance on the Happy Birthday question. I must have missed that episode of The Simpsons. I’m sure it sounds better than the version on the White Album. Revolution 9 is quite possibly the only track on any Beatles album that truly sucks. I think the reason it sucks can be summed up in one word — Yoko.