George and Pattie, the perfect 60s couple

So, although this post is a day late, today I’m commemorating the 48th anniversary of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd getting married. While it’s really a shame that it didn’t work out between them (and based on her book, he got over her a lot faster than she got over him), they certainly were a attractive couple. I honestly think that George and Pattie are two of the most beautiful people who have ever walked the earth, so it makes sense that they fell in love! Here are some equally beautiful pictures of them to celebrate their marriage!

George and Pattie on their wedding day in 1966

George and Pattie on their wedding day in 1966


On their honeymoon. I really don't blame her for being all over him.

On their honeymoon. I really don’t blame her for being all over him.


What a stunning picture. I love how he's leaning on her head a bit.

What a stunning picture. I love how he’s leaning on her head a bit.


They're so snazzy and stylish!!!

They’re so snazzy and stylish!!!


I just love this picture, for rather obvious reasons... :)

I just love this picture, for rather obvious reasons… 🙂


Matching belts!!! And George looks really hot.

Matching belts!!! And George looks really hot.


One final picture. And isn't it a beauty!

One final picture. And isn’t it a beauty!

While I do think that in the long run, Olivia was probably a better match for George, I’m still a George/Pattie fan. It’s nice that they stayed friends even after they got a divorce, and the fact that George told her she could always come back to him if things didn’t work out with Eric is really sweet. I know this is probably for the five hundredth time, but I just love George so much. 🙂
Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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Beatle Book Review: Wonderful Tonight

Wonderful Tonight

Wonderful Tonight

Sorry I haven’t been blogging much lately, but it’s been so hot out and the attic of my house, which feels like a sauna in the summer, is where the computer is located. But, today I’ve decided to brave the heat and blog anyway!
This book was at the top of my “Beatle books to read” list that I made a while ago, and I finally got around to reading it! Basically, it’s Pattie Boyd’s autobiography. It’s not strictly about her relationships with George Harrison and Eric Clapton, but that does take up most of the book. I do have some mixed feelings about this book, but overall I really liked it. I enjoyed reading about her childhood growing up in Kenya, especially since my mom was born very near where Pattie grew up, but the real heart of the book is when she describes what it was like being Mrs. Harrison, and later, Mrs. Clapton.

To be completely honest, I only really wanted to read this book as a George Harrison fangirl who wanted to know what it’s like to be married to him, and I wasn’t disappointed in this regard, but I also hoped to learn more about George as a person by reading this book. However, this book doesn’t really provide much insight into George’s character. Maybe I feel this way because I already know so much about him, but I expected such a fascinating and amazing person like George, from the perspective of his ex-wife, to be described in great detail. Other than mentioning that upon first impressions, George was the best looking man she’d ever seen in her life, Pattie doesn’t give any insight into why she fell so completely in love with George. She vividly describes all the trips and holidays they went on and the process of buying and restoring Friar Park, but depth wise, the book doesn’t go much farther than that regarding their relationship.

Perhaps this is a good thing, because although I expected to have my opinion of George knocked down a few notches by reading this book, that didn’t happen. The only thing I really learned about him that surprised me was that he did a lot more cocaine than I’d previously been aware of, but by now, I’ve learned that drugs were a part of all of my favorite musicians’ lives, so I basically just ignored this. Although she eventually left him, Pattie says that she never stopped loving him, but she just couldn’t deal with his constant infidelities and increasing obsession with the Indian culture that caused him to lose interest in her. This makes sense, but when she starts describing her tumultuous relationship with Eric Clapton, she loses me.

While I still love George dearly as a person after reading this book, I definitely do not feel the same way about Eric Clapton. From Pattie’s perspective, he comes across as a very talented musician, but also a severe alcoholic with a very unpredictable personality and basically a needy, self-centered jerk. I’m sure he was a wonderful and creative person to be around, but I honestly can’t understand why she fell in love with him so much that she left George for him in a heartbeat. I don’t get what he had going for him that George didn’t. Eric successfully seduced her away from his best friend, but once he had her, things didn’t get better. Pattie talks about how she basically had to tend to Eric’s every need when they were together and live with his wild moods due to his propensity for drinking, and how her life revolved entirely around him. She pretty much became his maid, and seemed to lose all of her identity and self-confidence in the process. He mistreated her, and I think she regretted leaving George for the rest of her life.

While George comes across as the overall lovely guy I’ve always envisioned him to be, my opinion of Eric has definitely soured a bit after reading this book. But I still like his music a lot, and “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight”, both written about Pattie, are two fantastic songs.
I did get emotional at the end of the book where Pattie discusses her reaction to George’s death, saying that she couldn’t imagine a world without him in it and that she still had great love for him. I thought this quote was rather telling about the quality of George’s character:
“When I left him for Eric, he had said that if things didn’t work out, ever, I could always come to him and he would look after me. It was such a selfless, loving, generous thing to say and it had always been tucked away at the back of my mind. Now that sense of security was gone.”
I’m happy that Pattie and George remained friends after their divorce, and how George so easily forgave her for leaving him, to the point where he actually attended her and Eric’s wedding, is beyond me.

So, where do I stand on this book, once and for all? Well, if you like George Harrison and are interested in the individual Beatles’ lives, read it. If you like Pattie Boyd and wish you were George’s wife, read it. If you like Eric Clapton’s music and accept that he wasn’t always a great guy, read it. But, if believe that George and Eric were saints and absolute darlings 24/7, don’t read it because you will be disappointed. They weren’t, unfortunately. Pattie seems like a nice lady, though.
This book doesn’t have all that much depth, and it is very shallow in parts, but it is an interesting account of one woman’s very interesting life with two of the most famous musicians in the world. For that reason, I’d recommend it.

I hope this review is satisfactory! Have a lovely weekend!

Happy St. Pattie’s Day!

As we know, today is March 17th, which means that it’s St. Patrick’s Day! That also means that it’s the birthday of one of rock and roll’s most famous muses and George Harrison’s first wife, Pattie Boyd. Happy Birthday Pattie! In spite of whatever marital issues she and George had in the sixties, they certainly were a beautiful couple.

George and Pattie on the set of A Hard Day's Night, where it all began...

George and Pattie on the set of A Hard Day’s Night, where it all began…

This is probably my favorite picture of them. I don’t quite know why, I just like it a lot. Pattie is definitely the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. I’m extremely jealous of how pretty she is. And we all know how I feel about George! 🙂

Anyway, I have one more thing to talk about today. I’ve noticed that in a number of pictures of the Beatles, Paul is randomly photobombing in the back of the picture, unbeknownst to the Beatle in the center of the picture. Here’s what I mean:

Oh, what I'd give to be one of those girls...

Oh, what I’d give to be one of those girls…

I love this picture. George and Paul’s expressions are hilarious! George looks like he’s really enjoying the attention, but Paul’s obviously trying to steal his thunder.

Here’s Paul and George again!

Oh Paulie... Always trying to take the spotlight!

Oh Paulie… Always trying to take the spotlight!

Wow, this is really a great picture of George. Definitely one of my favorites of him. And of course, Paul just had to get in there somehow! It’s okay, though, Paulie, I don’t mind. 🙂

I think that’s about all I have for today. Have a great week!

My Top 10 Favorite Beatles Songs

Casual Beatles... And Then There's Paul in a Suit.

Casual Beatles… And Then There’s Paul in a Suit.

I thought it was about time that I posted my favorite Beatles songs, because I feel like you can’t be a true Beatlemaniac without at least a semi-definitive list. But, my favorites do change, sometimes weekly, sometimes daily, depending on what period of the Beatles I feel in the mood for. One day I need my Rubber Soul fix, other days I like to jam to some earlier stuff, and sometimes I enjoy a little psychadelic road trip through Magical Mystery Tour or Sgt. Pepper. Still, there are certain songs that I always feel particularly connected to. These aren’t necessarily my opinion of the 10 best Beatles songs, just my personal favorites, to avoid any major, “BUT HOW COULD YOU LEAVE OFF (insert name of influential Beatles song here)?!?!?!?!” issues. Let’s get rolling!

10. And I Love Her

I just love how calm this song makes me feel. I have it in a playlist of “relaxing Beatles songs” that I put on while I’m doing work or when I just need to relax, and it always does the trick. Also, George does some great guitar work here that only adds to the lovely aura of the song. Paul is such an extrordinarily talented songwriter that his more understated compositions such as this one tend to get overlooked, but I think that it is one of his most sincere love songs. I sometimes pretend that he’s singing this to me… 🙂

9. Getting Better

This is one of my favorite songs to play on Beatles Rock Band! The guitar part in this song is fantastic, and “Getting Better” is definitely my favorite song on the Sgt. Pepper album, if I had to choose. Also, it’s so optimistic and uplifting that you can’t help but feel like things really will get better once you hear it.

8. I Am The Walrus

I once read that John Lennon wrote this song to purposely confuse people who were studying the Beatles’ lyrics. He probably succeeded in confusing many people with it, and I love it all the more for its hilarious insanity. The line “expert texpert choking smokers, don’t you think the joker laughs at you” is definitely my favorite line in the song. Finally, for anyone who was wondering, yes, they are saying “Everybody smokes pot” at the end of the song. This was confirmed for me after I saw a Beatle tribute perform this song live, and they enunciated those words VERY clearly!

7. I’ve Got A Feeling

This is another one I enjoy belting out on Beatles Rock Band. It’s probably one of the last true Lennon/McCartney collaborations written. Not too much else to say, just a great rock song. I was pleasantly surprised and happy when Paul performed this at 12/12/12, which I watched from the comfort of my couch. I wish I’d been there. That would have been epic.

6. Ticket to Ride

First, this video is my favorite part of the movie Help! Second, everything about this song rocks; from the harmonies to the drums to the guitar riff, it’s all there. John and Paul always sound magical singing together, and this song is no exception.

5. Day Tripper

Ahhh, I love this song! Words can’t describe how happy I feel when I hear it! It contains my favorite guitar riff throughout the song, and once again, it rocks in a way that can’t be recreated by anyone else. I also love how the beginning of this video shows George doing what he does best, and smiling while he does it! My heart fluttered a bit when he came on the screen. I think that every music video by any artist, ever, should start with a 10 second close up of George Harrison. But Macca Maniacs, Lennon Lovers, and Starrfish, feel free to disagree.

4. Something

This is one of the most listened-to songs on my iPod, probably because I listened to it every single night before I went to sleep for about a month straight. I’ve listened to it so many times that I’ve probably memorized every note of every instrument throughout the whole song. This is definitely George’s most beautiful love song, and maybe one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded. Either way, it’s wonderful. Also, this video features pictures of George with his lovely first wife, Pattie Boyd. And if I ever had to answer the question, “Name the person you are most jealous of,” it would probably be her. Yeah, I wonder why…

3. She Loves You

This is by far my favorite pre-Rubber Soul Beatles song, because it’s so ridiculously catchy. I dare anyone to listen to it and not start dancing or singing along. You’ll have a tough go at it, I’m sure. I love it, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!!!

2. Hey Jude

This is one of those songs that I knew most of the words to before I even knew who the Beatles were. There’s a reason why it’s so popular; everyone loves hearing it, whether they admit it or not. No matter where this song comes on, people will start singing along. If it went on forever, I’d sing along the whole time and not get tired. It’s uplifting, infectious, and a classic in every sense of the word. This was also my favorite Beatles song for a while. Until I discovered THIS one…

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

The only way to properly listen to and experience the power of this song is to listen to it late at night on your iPod with good quality headphones, in complete darkness, while sitting on your bed, clutching a pillow, and swaying to the beat of the song. I guarantee, you have not fully heard this song until you’ve done that. I could stay in that position for hours. The effect is truly mindblowing, and the song is hauntingly beautiful and hypnotic. And THAT is why it’s my favorite Beatles song!

Other “Honorable Mention” Beatles songs that would round out my Top 20 list: Sexy Sadie, Yesterday, Your Mother Should Know, Don’t Bother Me, I Feel Fine, This Boy, The Fool On The Hill, Within You Without You, Taxman, And Your Bird Can Sing.