Random Songs I’ve Been Obsessed With Recently- Part 2

So today I thought I’d compile a list of songs that I’ve been enjoying a lot recently. I’d recommend them all to any music lover! Here we go!

Come With Me Now- KONGOS

I heard this song on the radio in Montauk a couple of weeks ago, and I was hooked immediately. A few days later, I downloaded it, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat ever since. I honestly don’t think I’ve heard a song as awesome as this on mainstream pop radio in years. Probably not since “Pumped Up Kicks,” which was what? 4 years ago? Anyway, it’s refreshing to hear an actual guitar solo on the radio. I sort of thought those had gone to the grave, along with cassette tapes, B-sides, and other things generally existent before I was born.
Anyway, I can’t wait to hear more from this band, who I believe is currently opening for Kings of Leon. I hope this song becomes a huge hit and gets lots of accolades. It’s just that good.

Dirty Work- Steely Dan

As if I didn’t love Jim Parsons enough, I saw on a blog I’m subscribed to that he posted a clip of this song on Instagram recently. It didn’t list the title, so I spent a while furiously trying to identify it, and when I finally did, I listened to it nonstop for probably two hours. I don’t normally listen to Steely Dan, but I absolutely love this song. The vocals and harmonies are beautiful, and there’s an awesome sax solo! Thank you Jim Parsons for indirectly introducing me to one of my new favorite old songs!

Do it Again- The Kinks

I’m currently listening to this on repeat, so I thought it would be appropriate to post here. 🙂
The Kinks have a lot of songs I listen to on repeat, and this is just one of them. I love the lyrics here, which depict monotony and dullness, but the song is anything but boring. It’s one of those songs I can just listen to over and over on any given afternoon and never tire of. With each day that goes by, I more and more can’t believe how underrated the Kinks are by the general population.

Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen

This is one of the few popular Queen songs that surprisingly gets no radio airplay on my local classic rock station. That’s a shame, because it really is an awesome song. The piano is very Elton John-esque, which is just one of the things I love about it, and as always, Freddie Mercury proves his generally accepted status as “greatest rock vocalist of all time” with this song.

Anyway, that’s all for today. If you were unaware of any of these songs before reading this post, I highly suggest you check them out.
More Beatles coming your way soon! In the meantime, 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!

Random songs I’ve been obsessed with recently

So this post isn’t really Beatle-related, but today I thought that I’d compile a list of songs that, for whatever reason, I have been listening to a lot in the last few weeks. No real significance to these songs, but perhaps if I post them here, they won’t be stuck in my head anymore! Somehow, I don’t think it works that way. 🙂

Blue Oyster Cult- Don’t Fear The Reaper

I hear this song on the radio all the time, but it wasn’t till a few weeks ago that I decided to actually get it out of the library so I could listen to it whenever I wanted. I don’t quite know why I like this song so much; I think it’s a combination of the cool riff and the haunting vocals that gets me. Either way, I can’t stop listening to it!

Led Zeppelin- Hey, Hey, What Can I Do

This is another song that I heard on the radio and liked so much that I decided to download it. I’m not a huge fan of Led Zeppelin, but I do like a lot of their songs, and if I had to choose my favorite song of theirs, this would definitely be it. I just love the guitar part here, and I never get tired of listening to this song!

Gavin DeGraw- I Don’t Want To Be

How handy that the day I decided I wanted to download this song, I saw that someone in my family had just downloaded it! No real reason why I love this song. I just do. It’s pretty awesome.

Neil Young- Old Man (Live At Massey Hall 1971)

The studio version of this song is beautiful, but for a while, the only version that I had on my iPod was this one, and I am absolutely in love with it. If I ever learn how to play guitar, this song will be very high on the list of “songs to learn”. It’s just so powerful and brilliant.

The Kinks- Full Moon

For reasons I don’t quite understand, I am absolutely OBSESSED with this song!!!! Something about the beginning piano bit just hypnotizes me, and whenever this comes up on my iPod, I have to listen to it at least three times in a row. I’ve been listening to this A LOT recently, and I probably will continue to do so in the upcoming weeks. This song is just beautiful and perfect.

Well, I think that’s all for now. I’m sure there are a lot more songs that I could add to this list, but these were the first few that came to mind.
Have a wonderful week! Happy first day of December!

Rambling Georgeish Tuesday Post. Be prepared.

A beautiful, inspiring picture of Georgie to start the post!

A beautiful, inspiring picture of Georgie to start the post!

So I knew I wanted to blog today, but I wasn’t sure about what. To be honest, I’m still not sure, but I feel like I have to get something off my chest, so I’ll see where this post takes me. Anyway, this afternoon I found myself watching my new George Harrison: Living In The Material World DVD that I got for my birthday. (thanks Mom and Dad!) I know I’ve discussed this movie before, but I must reiterate that stumbling upon it on TV a couple of years ago was truly a turning point in my Beatles/George Harrison fandom and life in general. I was looking up Beatle programming on the ever-so-reliable Optimum app, and this movie came up. I had never heard of it, but I decided to give it a try, given that I knew next to nothing about George Harrison at that point. I started watching the movie partway through the second half, and immediately I was transfixed with this incredible and absolutely fascinating person named George Harrison. This was where I really became a permanent George fan.

There are so many reasons why I love this movie, and I’m not going to list all of them here. But I have to say that throughout the film, George offers many interesting anecdotes about his life and shares so much of what he believes in and why he believes in it. I admire George partly because he had such defined beliefs and interests that he wasn’t hesitant to share with people, and watching this movie was just part of the major turning point in my life that I now consider becoming a Beatlemaniac to be.

To be completely honest, I don’t really remember what I was like as a person before I discovered the Beatles. This may sound ridiculous because they only became part of my life a couple of years ago, but it’s the total truth. I guess I was nice enough, but I don’t recall ever actually taking notice of things in life or really appreciating things like music and relationships with family and friends. I think I just sort of bumbled along indifferently for about 13 years.

And then once I discovered the incredible world of the Beatles, that really seemed to open up my mind to everything about life and the people in my life. I’ve become much more curious about people and things in general, and learning all about who the Beatles were has in a way helped me discover who I am as a person. I feel like I notice everything now, which isn’t always a good thing, but I do like being aware of what’s going on in the world. Every time I watch Living In The Material World, I fall in love with George more, but I also understand him more. He just seems like this incredible being that had it all figured out and was one giant leap ahead of everyone else in the quest to discover why mankind was put on this earth. He had so much love to give, and everything he says through his words and his music makes sense to me.

Perhaps not everybody really gets George as a person, but I’m sure that those who do understand how special he was and how much he brought to this world. This shows in the movie when his close friends like Ringo, Paul, Eric Idle, Jackie Stewart, and Eric Clapton all get so emotional when they talk about him, and openly admit that they feel more emotional thinking about him than about anyone else.
I can’t even imagine what it would be like for me if he was still alive, but then again, if he hadn’t yet died, this documentary probably wouldn’t have been made and I wouldn’t know as much about him, so there is somewhat of an equal tradeoff.

Wow, I had no idea where that was going. But I think it’s time to bring this ramble to an end. Sorry if this is too philosophical for a sunny Tuesday afternoon in September, but I can honestly say that I love and appreciate everything so much more now than I did before I discovered George and the Beatles. I’m interested in so many things now that have nothing to do with the Beatles, but that I care about because of the Beatles. They have truly opened me up to how amazing life can be, and I will always be grateful to them for that.

And now it’s really time to end this post! Watch Living In The Material World if you can! It may or may not change your life! Enjoy the rest of the week!

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!