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  •  Around the time of John Lennon's assassination, (6+ / 0-)

    I read a piece stating that the reason there was such overwhelming reaction to Lennon's death was that the Beatles arrived not long after Kennedy's assassination, and lifted the mood of the nation.  Thus, Lennon's assassination was something of an echo of Kennedy's.  I'm not sure I buy the premise, but it is odd that a generation went completely bonkers over them at that precise time.  While they were a great band and greatly pushed the boundaries of what a pop song could communicate, at the end of the day, they were just a rock & roll band.

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    by gizmo59 on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 07:45:37 PM PST

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    •  I see what this month's music diary will be about! (7+ / 0-)

      I think I can disabuse you of that notion with five songs, although I'm not sure you aren't at base right. The bonkers thing was actually an echo of the bonkers thing over Frank Sinatra right after WW II.

    •  Rock & Roll Has Almost Zero Awareness of Melody. (4+ / 0-)

      The Beatles for a time are the inverse, obverse and contrapositive of that.

      Paul McCartney, I think way back in the 90's ABC special on them, referred to them as history's greatest Irish band. All 4 family names are Irish, Liverpool was dense with Irish at that time.

      Irish trad is melodycentric and includes some very intricate melodies given a limited tonal scale.

      The Rubber Soul/Revolver period is just about without peer in rock music for serious melodies. Most of their songs of that time have major clunkers in the lyrics, you want to travel back and give them another hour of rewrite to bring one syllable or another up to par with the rest.

      There's a lot of primitive guitar work there too.

      But melody? Pick a bar from 1964 to the end of Sgt. Pepper where you can suggest a better melody note. Even a connecting note.

      They even went out with one last arresting melodic phrase left in them. "And in the end, the love you take" --.

      Maybe in 2 or 3 of their incarnations they were a rock band.

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      by Gooserock on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 09:21:35 PM PST

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      •  In my personal opinion, popular music (3+ / 0-)

        tends to run the gamut from entertaining to noise: the same way I feel about concert music, and I'm a classically trained composer, conductor and instrumentalist.

        I would much rather listen to dance bands from the '20's than I would to much of the music that happened between about 1956 and Crosby, Stills and Nash. ;)

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