A Hard Day’s Poll

As many of you may know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America. It also marks 50 years since the release of their first movie, A Hard Day’s Night. To commemorate this, about 500 theaters across the US are re-releasing A Hard Day’s Night this July! Although I own the movie on DVD, I still sort of want to experience it in a actual theater. If only the movies would charge 1964 prices for this special event… 🙂

After reading an article about this in the newspaper today, which included an original review of the movie from 1964 (the reviewer back then apparently did not know George’s name…), I was inspired to break out my DVD and watch this movie, yet again. I’ve probably seen it about six times in its entirety by now, and I found myself reciting a lot of the lines under my breath, in attempted Scouse accents. I love how fast paced this movie is, which shows how crazy and hectic the Beatles’ actual life was back then. In fact, this movie plays more like a documentary than a traditional movie.

Just as a side note, a couple of famous teenage extras in this movie include Phil Collins and Meryl Streep. How awesome it would have been to be an extra in this film! That would surely be a story to tell the grandkids. Also, considering that this movie was made to capitalize on the Beatles’ fame at the height of Beatlemania, I don’t think the screaming girls throughout the movie were really acting… 🙂

Anyway, with this movie in mind, I’ve created a poll devoted to the Beatle movies. Personally, I would probably vote for both Help! and A Hard Day’s Night as my favorites, but I’d love to see how others vote. Enjoy!

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Good day sunshine everyone!

Hello again! Wow, I feel like I’ve been away from blogging forever. I sincerely apologize for that, all 30 people who check this regularly. I don’t really have a specific Beatley plan for this post. I think I’ll just talk about some random stuff for a while and post some cute Beatle pics at the end, okay? Okay. (sorry, I’m still in The Fault In Our Stars mode from last week…)

Monty Python is reuniting for a show in London on July 20th, which will be simulcast in theaters around the country INCLUDING one near me!!! I really hope I can go see it. Please forgive me; I watched a few episodes of Python earlier today and I’m in a very silly mood at the moment.

You know what makes me sad? Ringo is performing in my area twice in the same month, once yesterday and again next week, and I have tickets to neither concert. I don’t really know how those slipped away, and I as a Beatlemaniac am sincerely sorry for not trying harder to get tickets. 😦

A couple of days ago marked the 1 year anniversary since I saw Paul McCartney in concert and he told me he loved me. Let’s relive that glorious moment one more time, shall we?

Wow, it really does not seem like an entire year since I saw Paul in concert. The time has absolutely flown by! I could have sworn that it was just yesterday that I was at the Barclays Center, hearing Paul serenade 16,000 of his closest friends. Good times… Hopefully I will see him again one day.

I also cannot come to terms with the fact that I will be a senior in high school next year. When I started this blog, I was a mere sophomore, an amateur in the world of college and SATs compared to now. It’s going to get crazy, but I promise to keep blogging!

All righty, I think it’s time for those Beatle pictures I promised earlier. Enjoy!

George, looking fab with sunglasses and his son Dhani

George, looking fab with sunglasses and his son Dhani


The lads gathered around a piano

The lads gathered around a piano


This is just adorable Paul at his best

This is just adorable Paul at his best


One of the best pictures of Lennon/McCartney I have ever seen

One of the best pictures of Lennon/McCartney I have ever seen

That’s all for now. I swear that it will NOT be a month until I blog again! 🙂
In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and enjoy the start of summer!

You Know You’re a Beatlemaniac… Part 6!

This is what I wrote on the wall outside Abbey Road Studios. Short, sweet, and to the point.

This is what I wrote on the wall outside Abbey Road Studios. Short, sweet, and to the point.

Yes, I have brought this back! It’s taken a while, but I have come up with a plethora of Beatlemaniacism symptoms to share with you! Some of these I honestly can’t believe apply to me, but they all do. So, without further ado…

You know you’re a Beatlemaniac if:

– You thought, for quite a while, that the Hofner violin bass played famously by Paul McCartney was the only type of bass guitar in existence.
– You and your friends are STILL quoting the SNL sketch from last December that featured Paul and Martin Short.
– If you’re out somewhere where there’s a DJ and you have the opportunity to request a Beatles song, you always take that opportunity.
– You occasionally tear up out of the blue at the thought of George not being in this world any longer. All things must pass, but George will live forever in your heart!
– Hearing the news that the royal baby’s name was George made you VERY happy!
– You lie in bed at night listening to the Beatle Christmas messages just to silently fangirl over their adorable voices and hilarious antics even though it’s nowhere near Christmas. It’s never too early to start celebrating!
– When you’re listening to their music, you get so into it and lost in Beatleland that you sometimes actually forget where you are.
– You pay extra attention to a conversation if you hear that someone’s name is John, Paul, or George. But let’s face it, NO ONE is named Ringo besides Ringo himself!
– You listen to Beatles music for nearly the entire duration of long plane rides or car trips to keep yourself entertained.
– You are a Beatles completest who must own every version of every song they ever recorded, ever.
– Your name on Doodle Jump and other assorted apps is something along the lines of, “#1 George fan”.
– Even though you’re a girl, you wish that you could sing like the Beatles. If I had Paul McCartney’s golden voice, I would thank my lucky stars every single day.
– Your ultimate, probably-never-going-to-happen dream job is to start an all-girls Beatle tribute band. But it might help if you learned how to play guitar first…
– You’ve memorized every note of every Beatles guitar solo and insist on singing along to all of them.
– You freak out when the Beatles are randomly mentioned in museum exhibits. Yes, it does happen. I was with my family at Kensington Palace this summer and they had an special exhibit devoted to the fashion of the royal ladies of the past 50 years. There was a video showing Princess Margaret wearing some pretty frock and meeting the Beatles that was being shown on repeat, and it took me about 10 minutes to leave that room.
– You also freak out when there’s an SAT practice question about the Beatles and how the large majority of people consider them to be the greatest band of all time. Wow. If this happened on the actual SATs, I would probably be very distracted and disoriented, so maybe it’s better that most SAT questions are not Beatle-related.
– You have emotional (well, emotional on your side) conversations with your teachers when they comment on something Beatle-related you’re wearing or that you’ve written.
– You say, “Good day Sunshine!” every time you see your neighborhood cat, whose name just so happens to be Sunshine!
– You’ve considered simplifying things at Christmas by asking for Paul McCartney. Just Paul McCartney under the tree, maybe with a festive bow. That’s all you really want.
– You love finding pictures of the Beatles doing random, normal human things like washing their hands, playing with their kids, eating (preferably fish and chips), or driving. It makes them seem less like gods and more like actual people to you.
– You will insist to your future spouse that one of your kids is named at least partially after a Beatle, whether with a first or middle name. I love the name Gavin, for some reason, so how about Gavin Paul for a young lad? George Eric? John Elton?
Okay, maybe not John Elton, because when little John has to write his last name first and his first name last, it will read “Elton, John.” And you would never put that kind of artistic pressure on a young kid. It wouldn’t be fair.
🙂

That’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! I will try to review Elton John’s new album, “The Diving Board,” tomorrow! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

McLennon… Do you ship it?

It seems that there are a lot of Beatle fans out there who would have wanted John and Paul to be together, hence their couple name “McLennon”. While I think it’s a cute idea, I don’t know if an actual relationship would have worked between them because both of their personalities are so strong. Nevertheless, I love the closeness of their friendship, and whenever I see a sweet moment between John and Paul in a Beatle video, I can’t resist the urge to go, “Awwwwww!” I believe that they really were soul mates and more like brothers than friends, and it shows in the songs they wrote and the things they’ve said about each other over the years. So, here I have some absolutely priceless pictures of John and Paul together to share with you! Enjoy!

This is adorable!

This is adorable!

John smiling rather creepily while Paul looks on

John smiling rather creepily while Paul looks on

Aren't they the cutest things???

Aren’t they the cutest things???

Such a sweet moment between the two of them.

Such a sweet moment between the two of them.

There are no words...

There are no words…

I love the bowties they're sporting!

I love the bowties they’re sporting!

I doubt Paul was actually threatening John in this picture.

I doubt Paul was actually threatening John in this picture.

Double The Lennon, double the McCartney, double the awesomeness!

Double The Lennon, double the McCartney, double the awesomeness!

By far my favorite picture of them. They both look so sexy here!

By far my favorite picture of them. They both look so sexy here!

Hopefully this post wasn’t too much of a McLennon overload. Have a wonderful weekend!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL MCCARTNEY!!!!!

You say it's your birthday, it's Paul's birthday too yeah!!!

You say it’s your birthday, it’s Paul’s birthday too yeah!!!

Today is the 71st birthday of the legendary, fantastic, amazing Paul McCartney!!!! I can’t believe how good he looks for his age, especially when he’s onstage. Based on his performance quality, he’s still got the energy that he had 50 years ago. It amazes me how Paul has been in the music industry for a solid 50 years and is still going strong, with no signs of stopping. Go Paulie! I’m celebrating today by wearing my Out There concert t-shirt and listening to Paul’s music, and you should celebrate, too!

I must admit that while I’ve always really liked Paul as a person and a musician, and his status as my 2nd favorite Beatle has never seriously been in jeopardy, my love for him increased by about a million percent last week. Seeing him in concert really brought him to life for me, and it was then that I realized just what a fantastic person he is. I just love so many things about him: his adorably boyish looks (yes, I think he’s still attractive!), his cheerful smile that lights up the world, his unbelievable singing voice, his humor, his never-diminishing musicianship, his humbleness… Everything about Paul is awesome! I mean, how can you dislike someone with those droopy puppy dog eyes? He was the Cute Beatle for a reason! Look at that adorable face!!!!

Seriously... How can you not love Paul? Especially in this picture!

Seriously… How can you not love Paul? Especially in this picture!

Of course, I’m not completely superficial… I also really love the music that Paul has put out, with the Beatles, Wings, and as a solo artist. From what I’ve gathered, a lot of people completely dismiss Paul’s solo career, saying that the only good album he’s released since the Beatles is “Band On The Run” and that he can only write silly love songs. I do love “Band On The Run,” but that is NOT the only good album he’s released in the last 40 years!!! Other albums of his that I love and listen to regularly include Flaming Pie, Tug Of War, Ram, and two of my all-time favorite albums, Venus and Mars and Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. These albums are far from bad, and in fact, I think they’re fantastic. Paul’s music is what I turn to when I want to hear something that will perk me up and make me happy, and it works every time. Just hearing his voice, like hearing George’s voice, makes me happy and comforts me. His music is fun, joyful, and wonderful!

While Paul being a longtime vegetarian has not really convinced me to give up meat for good, I do admire his support for vegetarian and environmental causes. His heart is always in the right place, even if he makes mistakes sometimes like marrying Heather Mills, and I love him dearly and always will.

To close out this celebratory post, here’s a great interview of Paul on the Colbert Report from last Wednesday. I watched the whole episode, and he performed fantastically!

In conclusion, Paul McCartney is amazing, the world is a better place with him in it, and I love him so much!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAULIE!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!! 🙂

I FOUND IT!!!!!!!!!!

Here it is at last, proof that Paul McCartney loves me! I have to thank my dad for finding this for me after some excellent Youtube sleuthing. This was the moment when Paul McCartney responded, “Love you too, baby!” after I shouted, “I LOVE YOU PAUL!” You can’t hear me in the video because it was filmed from way behind where I was sitting, but it definitely happened, I swear!

You know, I sort of thought that I’d dreamt the whole thing, but watching this made it real all over again. Wow. It actually happened! There you go, folks. It doesn’t get better than this! 🙂

The greatest experience of my life!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. It’s been over a day since I saw Paul McCartney live in concert, and I’m still on cloud nine over the fact that I actually saw a Beatle live! There were so many amazing things about the concert, I’m not really sure where to start, but in short, it was INCREDIBLE!!!! By far the most fun experience of my life so far, and definitely the most surreal.

I don’t want this to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech, but I really should thank my parents for making this whole thing possible. They went online at exactly 9 am to get the presale tickets, paid for the tickets, and put up with me for the last 50 days while I was freaking out over going to see Paul, and words can’t express how grateful I am for getting this opportunity to see one of my idols. I’m also happy that they loved the concert as much as I did!

Although the show started almost an hour late, I was surprisingly calm while waiting for it start. I guess I was in some sort of zen-like state because I just sat in my seat, taking pictures of the stage and looking around the arena, and I noticed that I was a lot closer to the stage than I thought I would be! But all of the preshow calmness on my part disappeared as soon as the lights dimmed and Paul came onstage. And as I predicted, as soon as I saw Paul McCartney live and in person, I screamed my head off with excitement and shouted, “PAUL!!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!! PAUL!!!!” repeatedly.

Once he kicked into the opening song, “Eight Days A Week,” I started dancing, and I didn’t stop dancing until the very end of the show almost three hours later! I had so much fun dancing, singing along to my favorite songs, watching Paul onstage, and listening to his wonderful singing and guitar/bass/piano playing. The lady next to me was also singing, dancing, and screaming, and we both freaked out when he sang “Something”! And let me tell you, he sounded AMAZING! Just as good as I’m sure he sounded 40 years ago! I had very high expectations for this show, but he even exceeded those.

But the very best part of the show came about midway through, just after Another Day and just before And I Love Her. I had been working up the courage the entire show to shout, “I LOVE YOU PAUL!!!” during a relatively quiet moment, and while he was switching guitars between these songs, I went for it and shouted, “I LOVE YOU PAUL!!!” at the top of my lungs. For a moment, I thought that my efforts were for naught, as he didn’t notice. But a moment later, he said something along the lines of, “What?” or “Paul?”. And then came the best moment of my life… Paul looked in my direction and responded, and I quote: “Love you too, baby!” A bunch of people cheered, but I just stood there with my hands over my mouth, shocked and stunned, almost crying with happiness. Paul actually acknowledged me! ME!!! I still can’t believe that this actually happened. I’ve looked for it on Youtube, but I can’t find it, unfortunately. At least I’ll always have the memory of Paul calling me “baby”!!!!

Weirdly enough, I don’t think that it ever truly sunk in that I was in the presence of Sir Paul McCartney. Some time during Let Me Roll It, I realized just what an amazing show I was witnessing, but it never really “got real”. I was just in awe of him the entire show.

It’s so hard to choose a favorite song from the show! Everything was amazing and brilliant, and the whole show kind of blends together in my mind. I loved “Something”, of course, and I did cry during “Here Today”. “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” was awesome, “Helter Skelter” rocked, and singing along with 16,000 people to “Hey Jude” was something I’ll never forget. I think I actually had the most fun dancing to “Mrs. Vandebilt”, if only because it caught me totally off guard. Really though, every single moment of the show was amazing, and when it was over, I loved Paul a million times more than I already had.

I took some videos, but they’re not that great, and you can find basically everything he performed on Youtube by now anyway. I also took some pictures, but those are bad as well. Nonetheless, here are a couple of pictures that I took:

The outside of the Barclays Center

The outside of the Barclays Center

Paul McCartney onstage! He's very small in this picture, but he's there!

Paul McCartney onstage! He’s very small in this picture, but he’s there!

I expected to be really sad when the concert was over, but I wasn’t. I was just so happy to have seen Paul live, and I’m still in a bit of a daze about the whole thing. If this isn’t already painfully obvious, seeing Paul McCartney live is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. I know it was at the top of mine, and now that I’ve seen Paul, I don’t think anything can top him. I do have other musicians that I’d like to see live, but for now, I’m happy with the fact that I’ve seen a Paul McCartney concert and had the time of my life. He has an amazing power to bring multiple generations of people together and make all of them equally happy, and I sincerely hope that he comes back to NY soon, because I’d love to see him again!
Paul McCartney = Living Legend. He is amazing in every way. Absolutely see him in concert if you haven’t already. You will not be disappointed. I LOVE PAUL!!!!