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The Beatles – Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown)

Last week, the legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar passed away at the age of 92. It was a great innings. His music inspired many and his daughters keep inspiring so many. At the beginnings of their hippy phase, a lot of eastern influenced music started making its way around all the places that provided artists with inspiration. George Harrison was quite taken and got hold of a Ravi Shankar album and, well, the first song to feature a sitar was this one.

And what a song it is. John wrote this as an ode to the affairs he had in his life. The lyrics are some of the best you could ask for in a song. This laid-back tune regularly graces “Top 100 of All-Time” lists. That sitar does add something special to the song. The riff and John’s voice intertwine so well with the sitar and just makes this song feel so great.

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The Beatles – Ticket the Ride

The year was 1965 and the British had completely and utterly invaded the USA. Apart from being the third single in their record run of six consecutive singles to top the Billboard chart, this was the fourth British #1 single in a row. Sadly, the Beach Boys were #1 when this song fell off the top spot. Oh, this song also topped the UK charts.

According to Paul, it is a reference to buying a ticket on British Railways to Rhyde on the Isle of Wight. John’s version about it being about prostitutes in Hamburg seems more plausible. I think they’re both talking nonsense.John also called it the first heavy metal song.

The song was expertly covered by The Carpenters. It’s also apparently audible at the end of Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” album. This is the first single to feature Paul as lead guitarist.

It’s such a beautiful song. It’s songs like these that made me fall in love with The Beatles. Enjoy…

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The Beatles – I’ve Just Seen a Face

One of my favourite movies (for a reason I cannot understand) is Superbad. There is a line in the movie where the┬áprotagonist┬ásays, with a sparkle in his eyes,”It was like the first time I heard The Beatles.”

I don’t think I paid much attention to The Beatles when I first heard them.

Or several times after that.

However, a true music lover will eventually (re)discover The Beatles and be be completely blown away by everything they ever did. Maybe it’s a natural progression towards what could be called the pinnacle of music.

Some people aren’t fans of The Beatles. But I just say they just haven’t found them yet. So to help this process along, I have decided to attempt a weekly feature where I introduce you to a song by The Beatles.

Today’s choice is quite an upbeat tune which (like most other songs) I just love. It has the feel-good vibe to it which brings a smile to your face. And what about what they describe in the song? It happens. It really does happen. And when it does, you will probably end up singing this song…