Happy (belated) birthday Ringo Starr!!!!

Priceless. :)

Priceless. 🙂

Sorry this post is a little late, but I wanted to wish Ringo a very happy birthday! Even among Beatle fans, Ringo often gets a lot of flack for not contributing as much to the Beatles as the other three members, but I genuinely feel that he was just as important to the band’s dynamic as John, Paul, and George. I’m also happy that Ringo was featured prominently in the Beatle movies after being designated “the acting Beatle” by the critics after A Hard Day’s Night. Generally, I feel that with a name like Ringo, how you go wrong???
In honor of Ringo’s birthday, here are some of what I’ve determined are his “best moments” that I’ve come across on Youtube. Enjoy!

This is a pretty well known part of AHDN, and also the scene for which Ringo was most critically lauded. Now, do I think this scene is Oscar-worthy? Not really. But it certainly is charming, and sometimes, that’s all that matters. 🙂

We all know that George was very involved with Monty Python, but when I was watching an episode recently, I had no idea that Ringo would be in it! Needless to say, it was a pleasant surprise.

This video mostly features Elton John (I haven’t done an Elton post in forever… That must change!) and Marc Bolan, but in case you’re wondering, that is in fact Ringo dressed as a clown holding a camera in the beginning. He also drums fantastically in this song. What a great group of musicians all in one room.

I just discovered this. It is by far Ringo’s best moment ever. That is all.

Well, once again, happy birthday Ringo!!!!! I wish I was seeing him on his current All Starr Band tour, but hopefully I will see him one day. Then, I will have seen not one, but TWO Beatles in person! My life would essentially be complete. 🙂


My Top 10 Favorite Movies

The Beatles while filming Magical Mystery Tour

The Beatles while filming Magical Mystery Tour

I know this list won’t be strictly Beatle-related, but I felt like I had to do it at some point. I’m not really into movies the same way I’m into music, but I do enjoy a lot of movies, mostly comedies, and thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! There are a couple of Beatle-related movies on here as well. 🙂

10. Elf
I thought about not including this since it’s a Christmas movie, but a good movie is a good movie, regardless of the season. Anyway, I absolutely love this movie! I saw it it in the theaters when I was young, and ever since I’ve been entranced by its charm. I really don’t know how anyone could dislike this movie, unless they can’t stand Will Ferrell. Whom I love dearly, so that’s not an issue for me. 🙂

9. Stranger than Fiction
I first watched this back in January when my friend recommended good Will Ferrell movies for me to watch. As soon as I saw this, I was hooked. The story is fascinating and the acting, from Ferrell to Emma Thompson to Dustin Hoffman to Maggie Gyllenhaal, is phenomenal. Also, for a movie not based on a book, the screenplay is fantastic. Not that many people know about it, but it’s a great movie that makes you laugh, cry a little, and contemplate life.

8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Though I’m a huge Python fan, I’ve actually only seen this entire movie once. That said, I think it’s one of the most brilliant comedies ever made. I don’t think I’ve laughed harder at a movie from start to finish ever than I did at this movie. This would probably be ranked higher if I’d watched it more than once, but I do love it. A lot.

7. A Hard Day’s Night/Help!
I know in a previous list I separated these two movies, but here, I just can’t. They’re both so great for different reasons, and really I don’t prefer one over the other. I really should just have all of the Beatles movies in this slot.

6. The Sound of Music
I’m definitely a sucker for old fashioned movie-musicals, and this I think is one of the best. Whenever this is on TV, which thankfully is pretty often, I have to watch it and sing along to all of the songs. Julie Andrews has one of the most beautiful singing voices I’ve ever heard, and all of the songs are classics.

5. Forrest Gump
Watching this in my history class recently reminded me just how much I loved this movie, which is why I’ve included it here. I don’t think I need to tell anyone why it’s amazing, but I’ll just echo the masses and say that Tom Hanks is a brilliant actor. This is also one of the only movies that really makes me emotional at the end. It’s visually stunning, emotionally penetrating, and well deserving of its status as a modern classic.

4. George Harrison: Living in the Material World
I hope I’m not cheating by including a documentary on this list, but this one is so amazing that I can’t resist. It’s three and a half hours long, but it never drags. And of course, it’s about my dear George. 🙂
He lived a very interesting life, which lends itself well to a fantastic documentary. I’ve probably watched this 4 or 5 times. By the end, I’m always crying, but always glad I watched it again. I’d recommend this to any music fan or fan of documentaries.

3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
The third and final Will Ferrell movie on this list, but probably the most well-deserved entry. I first watched this movie in December because of the hype over Anchorman 2, but as soon as I watched it, I understood why so many people love it. It’s absurd, ridiculous, weird, and absolutely hilarious. I tend to like movies with kind of a weird charm anyway, which this definitely has. Here’s hoping there will be an Anchorman 3!

2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I am a huge fan of movies from the 80s, but this one stands above the rest I’ve seen as a true masterpiece. This is my go-to “snow day/rainy day/boring day” movie, and no matter how many times I see it, I laugh just as hard in all of the same parts. There’s also the memorable scene with Twist and Shout, which of course I love! If you’ve somehow never seen this, you’re missing out. And life moves pretty fast to be missing out on this. 🙂

This pretty much gives it away...

This pretty much gives it away…

1. Field of Dreams
I haven’t seen this in a while, but it’s without a doubt my favorite movie. I first watched it as a 7th grader obsessed only with the Mets and not yet with the Beatles, but as my love for the Beatles and many other things has developed, this has remained my #1 favorite movie. Its story is magical and uplifting in a way that truly distinguishes it as a work of art, and even my friends who aren’t baseball fans love this movie. I definitely need to watch this again soon, and you should, too!

I hope you enjoyed this list! Have a great week!

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!

A Fun Little Video

I know I haven’t posted anything Monty Python-related in a while, but I thought that for anyone dealing with a lot of snow today, this video of one of my favorite Python sketches would brighten their day. It’s short, sweet, and to the point, not to mention totally hilarious!
To me, there are few things as funny as Michael Palin slapping John Cleese multiple times with a fish, so I hope you enjoy!

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:
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!

Eric vs. Paul: The Ultimate Showdown

One incredibly adorable man...

One incredibly adorable man…

... Against this guy!

… Against this guy!

As promised, here is my Eric Idle vs. Paul McCartney showdown. One of my favorite actors against one of my favorite musicians. I’m not quite sure how this will go down, but I guarantee that I will play fair. Enjoy!

Sense of humor: While Paul McCartney is certainly no slouch in the humor department, this is Eric’s category to lose. Why? Because Eric Idle is a freaking comedic genius and a member of possibly the funniest group of people ever, the Monty Python comedy troupe. Just him appearing onscreen for a split second is enough to crack me up. Eric Idle is just a hilarious person and a brilliant comedic actor. And that’s why he wins this category!
Paul McCartney: 0
Eric Idle: 1

Acting ability: Once again, no contest here. As revered as Paul is, I doubt that many people would put him above Eric in the acting department. Although Paul did a great job in that SNL sketch from last year, Eric Idle is definitely the superior actor.
Paul McCartney: 0
Eric Idle: 2

Singing ability: Don’t worry, it won’t be a washout for Paul! Eric Idle actually has a pretty good voice and is unofficially known as “the singing Python” because he plays guitar and wrote most of the famous Monty Python songs, like “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”. However, Paul McCartney, who I think was the best singer in the Beatles, is definitely the better singer. Paul has always had a fantastic and very versatile voice, but the fact that he still sounds amazing at age 71 is a true testament to his legendary singing talent. So, Paul wins!
Paul McCartney: 1
Eric Idle: 2

Overall charm: Eric Idle certainly comes across as a charming person, but Paul is definitely the more charming of the two. In every interview he’s given that I’ve seen, Paul manages to make me go “Awwwww!” at least once. He’s still the cute Beatle, what can I say? He’s a charmer!
Paul McCartney: 2
Eric Idle: 2

Sense of style: To be honest, I don’t really know how to call this one. I don’t think of either as being particularly notably stylish, although Paul always looks well dressed to me. I think I’m calling this a draw.
Paul McCartney: 3
Eric Idle: 3

Looks: Okay, Paul wins by far. I do think that Eric Idle was the most attractive member of Monty Python and is still very handsome, but come on. This is the cute Beatle we’re talking about! Paulie was and still is the most adorable person in the whole wide world!!! And if not for a certain person named George Harrison, I’d say that Paul was the cutest Beatle. Unfortunately, George claims that title, but Paul still beats out Eric in this category.
Paul McCartney: 4
Eric Idle: 3

Personality: I really love both of their personalities, although I feel like I have a better sense of Paul’s personality because I’ve watched way more interviews of him than I have of Eric. But as far as the person who I am interested in and respect more, I think I have to go with Paul on this one. Since there’s no official Paul McCartney documentary or autobiography floating around, the real Paul is still a bit of a mystery to me, and I hope that one day they make a movie about Paul like they did with George!

The Final Tally:
Paul McCartney: 5
Eric Idle: 3

Yay Paulie!!! You won!!!

Yay Paulie!!! You won!!!

Even though I love Eric, I’m kind of glad Paul won. He definitely deserves it!
Have a fab week! Enjoy the last weeks of summer!

My “Guilty Pleasure” Songs

I admit, this picture is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine... :)

I admit, this picture is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine… 🙂

Sorry for posting neither Beatle covers nor Sheldon Cooper moments as promised, but I had another idea for a post today. I’m not really sure if these songs qualify as “guilty pleasures” in the traditional sense, but for whatever reason, I feel just the teensiest bit guilty for liking them. I don’t know why, since they don’t really go against my typical music taste, but regardless, here they are! It’s a pretty random assortment of songs, which might represent my inner turmoil and confusion over liking them.

Wonderful Christmastime- Paul McCartney

This is one of those Paul songs that people either love or hate with a burning passion. I personally feel obligated to love it, since it’s Paul, but I do concede that it’s not one of his best songs. Nevertheless, I still cheer when this comes on the radio during the holiday season!

The Bitch is Back- Elton John

This song was banned on several radio stations around the world in the 1970s for the use of the word “bitch,” which I think is a bit of an overreaction. After all, it’s an extremely catchy song, and it actually refers to Elton himself! But for whatever reason, I feel slightly guilty for liking it. Maybe because the word “bitch” is used so many times throughout the song that by the end, it doesn’t even sound like a word. Oh well, I still love the song!

Stronger- Kanye West

Here it is, the one rap song from this century that I actually don’t mind! Normally, I don’t enjoy the rap genre at all, but for some strange reason, I like this song.
This is the first and last time that Kanye will be mentioned on this blog.

Good King Wenceslas- The Fab Four

The only reason that I feel guilty about liking this reworking of the Beatles’ “Tell Me What You See” is because I actually like it better than the original Beatles song. I rarely, if ever, say that about a cover or remix of a Beatles song, but “Tell Me What You See” is the only Beatles song that I just don’t like, and I think that this holiday spin on it is really good. If you’re into the Beatles and you like holiday music, check out the entire Hark! album by The Fab Four (yes, that tribute band I keep blabbing on about).
This is the first and last time that I will say anything negative about a Beatles song on this blog.

Fingertips- They Might Be Giants

This isn’t really a song. It’s more like a collection of approximately 10-second long random song-like tunes that appear on the second half of the album Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants. My family probably quotes things from this at least once a day, if not more. The best part of this compilation of “songs” is when your iPod is on shuffle, and after listening to a really long, brooding song like “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by the Beatles, something random from Fingertips will come on and completely ruin the mood. I find it hilarious when that happens!

The Lumberjack Song- Monty Python

Okay, so I don’t really feel GUILTY for liking this, because it’s a really goofy and funny song! Still, since Monty Python isn’t exactly a musical group, I felt compelled to include it here. I read recently that during one of the live Python shows, George Harrison came onstage in a Canadian Mounty outfit to sing this song. Apparently, almost no one in the audience recognized him. Oh George, always flying under the radar… But not to me!!! 🙂

Notice how there are no Beatles or George Harrison songs in this post. That should be rather telling. I don’t feel guilty at all for liking the Beatles or George, in any situation!!!
That’s all I’ve got for now, but I’m sure that I’ll come up with more “guilty pleasure” songs of mine to include in a future post. Have a great week!