Poll-bla-di, Poll-bla-da

So sorry I haven’t blogged this weekend, but I just had an idea to do another poll. Personally, I would love if all of these things happened, but if I had to choose one, I would probably choose a reunion tour with Paul and Ringo. Now that I think about it, that is probably the obvious answer, but maybe other people have different thoughts. And that’s why this is open for discussion! Answer away!

Wink wink, nudge nudge, they’re back!!!!

I just love them. They are so brilliant and silly.

I just love them. They are so brilliant and silly.

This will be a quick post, but I just had to write something very exciting about my other favorite British ensemble, Monty Python! I saw a quote from Eric Idle a couple of weeks ago saying that there was a very big Python announcement coming up, and a few days ago, my dad emailed me this article:
http://news.yahoo.com/monty-python-reunite-show-30-years-110816721.html
In case you somehow can’t access this article, I’ll sum it up for you… MONTY PYTHON IS FINALLY REUNITING ON STAGE!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!
Granted, this could just be a one-time thing, but I have high hopes that this will turn into a tour of some sorts, maybe to places besides London… Maybe even across the pond to New York… You never know! I can’t even fathom how jubilant I would feel if I got to see 5 out of the 6 original Python members (RIP Graham Chapman) on stage together for a show. It would probably be the silliest night of my life. But just the thought that they are back together for a little while makes me very happy!
If you live near the London area, and you like Monty Python, do not miss this show at the O2 Arena next July!!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Life after a Paul McCartney concert: Other artists I’d love to see live

The Beatles at Shea Stadium... Oh, how I wish I could have been there!

The Beatles at Shea Stadium… Oh, how I wish I could have been there!

So before I get to the actual content of this post, I’d like to wish Dhani Harrison a happy belated birthday! His actual birthday was August 1st, but since I didn’t get around to blogging then, I figured “better late than never”! Thinking about Dhani made me think about how awesome it would be to see thenewno2 live, just so I could see George’s son in the flesh! That gorgeous Harrison face must look great close up… 🙂
But anyway, I’ve now decided to make a list of all the artists I’d absolutely love to see in concert someday. I highly doubt that seeing any of them would be quite as amazing and magical as seeing Paul McCartney, but since Paul seems to have set the standard for putting on a fantastic rock show, that’s to be expected. Nonetheless, here we go!

1. thenewno2
I figured I’d start with them, since I already mentioned Dhani in this post. I really love this band and though they definitely fly under the radar in today’s music industry, they are extremely innovative and creative. They also have George’s son in the band, which definitely helps their overall sound, but even if Dhani wasn’t George’s son, I think that he’d still be making a name for himself in the music business. Still, he seems to have inherited quite a bit of talent from his dad, and if George was still around, I’m sure he’d be very proud of what Dhani has done.

2. Foster The People
I’ve been following this band for a while, but they haven’t come out with any new music in over 2 years! What happened??? Although apparently they’ve finished their 2nd album, and as much as I love Torches, hearing some new songs would be nice. From the videos I’ve watched, they seem like a great live band who truly enjoys what they’re doing, and hopefully they’ll come to the New York area in the future!

3. Elton John
This one’s a no-brainer for me. Elton has always been known as a great live performer and a fantastic entertainer, not to mention an extremely talented singer, pianist, and songwriter, and I’d absolutely love the chance to see him do what he does best live! I think seeing him in concert would probably be a similar atmosphere and comparable to seeing Paul live, but the difference for me is that seeing Paul, while he is awesome and amazing, is not exactly the same thing as seeing the Beatles. On the contrary, while there were four Beatles, there is only one Elton John, and seeing him today is essentially the same experience as seeing him 40 years ago. That to me is a really cool thing. Hopefully an Elton concert is in my future!

4. Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band
I mean, come on. It’s Ringo! Of course I want to see him in concert! I’m still mad that I missed him coming to Jones Beach last year, but I’m crossing my fingers that he’ll come back next year!

5. Jeff Lynne/ELO
I don’t know when the last time he toured was, but with all of the ELO reissues that have come out this year, maybe he’ll do some commemorative concerts??? This one seems like a long shot to ever happen, but since I love ELO, I’ll remain hopeful.

6. Eric Clapton
How cool would it be to see the Guitar God live and in person?!?!? I think my jaw would be open the entire time, just in awe of his awesomeness. He did come to Madison Square Garden in April as part of his Crossroads Guitar Festival, but I think it sold out in about 5 seconds. Maybe next time…

7. The Rolling Stones
They have long been hailed as the greatest live rock band, and since my mom has actually seen them live before, I’ve always thought it would be really cool to see them in concert. Sadly, their 50th Anniversary tour didn’t make a stop in NY this year, although they did come to the Barclays Center last December. How Mick Jagger, at 70, is still running around the stage with boundless energy for an entire show is beyond me. Once again, I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

Still, even if I never see another concert, I think I’ll be happy for the rest of my life knowing that I’ve seen Paul McCartney, who I consider to be the greatest living musical artist, live. Seeing him is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I surely won’t ever forget, no matter how many more concerts I attend!

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!

Roll up, roll up, for the Out There Tour!

The man of the hour, Paul McCartney!

The man of the hour, Paul McCartney!

What has transpired in the past few days has been absolutely amazing. For months, I’ve been religiously checking paulmccartney.com, praying for the announcement of a new world tour, and that happened. For weeks, I’ve been waiting for the announcement of a concert in New York, and that happened. And for a short period of time last week after the concerts at Barclays Center in June were announced, but before the presale tickets went on sale, I was praying to the Beatle gods that I’d be able to get tickets to see Paul live. Well… That also happened! In other words… I WILL BE SEEING PAUL MCCARTNEY LIVE ON JUNE 10TH!!!!!!!!!!! This feels like a dream come true!

To be honest, I’m still in shock and disbelief over how quickly the whole thing transpired. Less than 72 hours ago, I had no idea that Paul was even coming to New York this summer. I figured that if he was doing a world tour, surely he’d make a stop in New York, but nothing was guaranteed. But last Thursday, I was in the library computer lab, checking paulmccartney.com just to see if there was any news, and I saw THE ANNOUNCEMENT. I must have sat there for a few minutes with my mouth gaping open, quietly (because it was in the library!) saying, “Oh my God, oh my God, it’s happening!” over and over again. I’m surprised the librarians didn’t notice. Maybe they also like Paul McCartney!

In any event, I quickly texted my mom and told all of my friends the news. I could barely concentrate for the rest of the day, because really, arithmetic sequences just don’t compare to a Paul McCartney concert at a theater near you. I was ecstatic, of course, but the real test of actually getting the tickets was still ahead. See, Paul’s concerts normally sell out in about 5 minutes, 10 if you’re lucky. And even though there was a presale for registered members of his website, which I am, a part of me was thinking, “Don’t get ahead of yourself. You don’t actually have the tickets yet. You might not be able to get them.” But most of me was thinking, “I MIGHT BE ABLE TO SEE PAUL LIVE IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS!”

Friday Morning = T-Day. Ticket Day. Before school, I quickly briefed my mom on the presale thing and told her that 9 am, and not a minute later, was when they went on sale. I then went off to school, nervous but very, very excited. I waited very impatiently until lunch rolled around and I could text my mom without getting in trouble from a teacher. And then I saw that I already had a text from her, and it said, to paraphrase slightly, “We got tickets!”. I was over the moon.

That was a day and a half ago, and I’m still over the moon. On June 10th, I will be in the presence of Sir Paul McCartney, hearing him sing the songs that he wrote that make me so happy. Wow. I can’t wait! This sounds weird, but I think seeing him live will confirm for me that he’s actually a real person, because admiring him via Youtube and TV is not the same thing as actually seeing him in person. He almost seems like some mythical, larger-than-life legend to me at this point.
Anyway, tomorrow to celebrate what I’m unofficially dubbing “Paul Weekend,” I’ll be doing a post listing my top 10 Paul McCartney solo songs. I hope he performs them at the concert!
I also apologize for my excessive use of Caps Lock in this post. But, some things warrant an excessive use of Caps Lock, and I think this is one of them. So, one last time… PAULIE BABY, I’M COMING TO SEE YOU!!!! I LOVE YOU, YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!!!!!! 🙂

ELO, John Lennon, and American Idol

George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, buddies and pals.

George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, buddies and pals.

This title may seem rather random, but I had a few random thoughts I wanted to share on the blog today.
First, if you don’t know who ELO is, the letters stand for Electric Light Orchestra. It was a British band with Jeff Lynne at the helm that was popular during the 1970s and 1980s. Jeff Lynne is a well-known Beatlemaniac and a good friend of George Harrison (I feel like every other musician I listen to is either George, a different Beatle, a friend of George, or George’s son), and the music of ELO really reflects the Beatle influence with its many dramatic string arrangements and very catchy melodies. Their songs, at least the ones that I know, generally rock and are fun to listen to.
I was reminded of ELO the other night after not having listened to them in a while. I had just finished a LONG study session for my math midterm, and afterwards, I found myself having an impromptu dance marathon to some of ELO’s more upbeat songs. I’d forgotten jsut how great their songs are! Basically, if you like the Beatles, you’d like ELO, so if you like the Beatles but don’t know ELO, check them out!
Here are a few of my favorite songs by ELO:

Don’t Bring Me Down

This song flat-out rocks. I can’t stop myself from dancing whenever I hear it. A little embarrassing, but it’s true.

Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

This is perhaps the second most beautiful song ever recorded, after The Beatles’ Something. It’s so beautiful that sometimes it makes me tear up a bit. To me, it sounds like a mix of Something, Let It Be, and The Long And Winding Road. Once I hear it, I can’t get it out of my head.

Evil Woman

I used to listen to this song in the car with my family, and not knowing who ELO was, I thought it was part of a Broadway soundtrack or something like that. I was mistaken, but I still love this song! Jeff Lynne sounds a little like John Lennon here, I think. To the rest of the world, maybe not.

Mr. Blue Sky

This is probably the most famous Beatlesque song by ELO. I absolutely love it, and the creative arrangement never fails to surprise me. I feel like this song could have fit right in on Sgt. Pepper as a John/Paul collaboration. Wishful thinking, I suppose, but really, Sgt. Pepper is just fine the way it is.

Do Ya

Amazing song. Great guitar. End of story.

To quote Monty Python, “And now for something completely different!”

Yesterday in the car, I had a random vision of John Lennon trying out for American Idol. I don’t know why this came to mind, but the thought was so funny that I burst out laughing. I can just picture him going in there with his guitar and Liverpudlian accent and singing Across the Universe as his audition. Then, Randy Jackson and the other judges would say stuff like, “We think you’re really special! We love your voice! Welcome to Hollywood!” John would probably say something like “Thank you very much,” run out of the audition room yelling “I MADE IT!” and give whoever was around a big hug.
Then, I pictured Paul auditioning, being his cute and charming self and singing Let It Be or Hey Jude. He and John would both make it for sure if they tried out today. Imagine a John Lennon/Paul McCartney finale of American Idol! That would be amazing!
George probably wouldn’t want the instant fame that comes with auditioning for a reality show like American Idol.
And honestly, I love Ringo, but I’m not sure if his singing skills alone would carry him though the competition. Still, he’d certainly be a fan favorite!

Thus concludes this random post on Beatle Me Do. I hope I passed the audition.