- Ep. 5: Yesterday
- Ep. 4: Michelle – Where Voodoo Meets the Devil
- Ep. 3: Penny Lane
- Ep. 2: Eleanor Rigby – The Counter-Narrative!
- Ep. 1: Golden Slumbers
—and the song that got away In this chapter in our podcast series, we explore the origin of Paul’s song, Yesterday. In a surprising twist, we also investigate the significance of another song that Paul has often referred to—the one song that he wished he had written. And with this discovery, we explore the hidden meaning of Yesterday, perhaps his most famous song. Songs Yesterday, Lennon and McCartney; performed by Joe Anastasi and Mike Sugar. What’s My Line Opening Theme Song – 1968; performed by Mike Sugar Rabbit Hole Interstitial Music – Live and Let Die Melody, Paul McCartney; arranged…
In this chapter in our podcast series we explore the creation story for this song, Michelle. We also uncover how Paul McCartney’s bass playing was transformed by his experience in the recording of Michelle. Finally, in this episode we will explore an unusual subject – the voodoo and the devil in this song, Michelle. So settle in for a story that will knock your socks off! Songs Michelle, Lennon and McCartney; performed by Stroll Down Penny Lane (Joe Anastasi, Mike Sugar, Winter, Mark Abbott) Twenty Flight Rock, Eddie Cochran, performed by Joe Anastasi and Mike Sugar, of Stroll Down Penny…
Penny Lane – and the ‘other song’ to which it is inextricably linked! In this chapter in our podcast series, we explore the genesis of this song and the characters that inhabit Paul McCartney’s memories of his childhood days in Liverpool. We also examine the songwriting elements that make Penny Lane so compelling – including what is called a ‘truck driver’s modulation.’ The third thread in our podcast narrative covers the ‘other song’ that is inextricably linked to Paul’s song, Penny Lane. Get ready for a surprise here! Songs Penny Lane, Lennon and McCartney; performed by Stroll Down Penny Lane…
In our second chapter in this podcast series, we explore the creation myth surrounding this famous song, Eleanor Rigby. Travel with us, back in time, to the very moment of formation, of… the Beatles. Why this moment in time? Well, because it provides one of several clues we unearth regarding the creation of this song. Join us in our forensic investigation, as we discover what, in the world, a psychological ‘phenomenon,’ known as cryptomnesia, has to do with the creation of Eleanor Rigby. Buckle up, for we are going to visit a very specific graveyard in Woolton, just outside Liverpool.…
In our first chapter in this podcast series, we explore the creation story that surrounds the song Golden Slumbers, which is found on the second side of the Abbey Road album. In our discovery process, we find ourselves traveling back in time – of all things! Indeed, we need to go back, some 400 – 650 years, to discover the genesis of the lyrics to this song on the Abbey Road album. You might exclaim; 400 – 650 years!? Really? Well, here’s a heck of a question for you. What is the connection of ALL of the following, to Paul…
- Ep. 5: Yesterday
—and the song that got away
In this chapter in our podcast series, we explore the origin of Paul’s song, Yesterday. In a surprising twist, we also investigate the significance of another song that Paul has often referred to—the one song that he wished he had written. And with this discovery, we explore the hidden meaning of Yesterday, perhaps his most famous song.
Playboy interview; Paul McCartney; 1984
Recording the Beatles; Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew; Curvebender; 2006.
Beatlesongs; William J. Dowling; Simon & Shuster, New York, 1989.
Here, There and Everywhere, Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey; Gotham Books; New York; 2006
Paul McCartney, Many Years from Now; Barry Miles; Secker &Warburg; 1997
McCartney, Christopher Sandford; Carroll and Graf Publishers; 2006
Paul McCartney, the Life, Philip Norman; Little Brown and Company; 2016
Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles, Dominic Pedler; Omnibus Press; 2003
The Beatles, Hunter Davis; McGraw-Hill; 1968
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions; Mark Lewisohn; Hamlyn (a division of the Octopus Publishing Group); 1988
All You Need Is Ears, George Martin, with Jeremy Hornsby; St. Martin’s Griffin; 1979
This is Your Brain on Music, The Science of a Human Obsession; Daniel J. Levitin; Plume; 2007
“MOJO COLLECTIONS”; interview of Paul McCartney
The Beatles Anthology; Chronicle Books, 2000
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Rosetta Stone; The British Museum
McCartney: Yesterday and Today, Ray Coleman; Boxtree, 1996.
The Beatles as Musicians. The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul, Walter Everett; Oxford University Press; 2001.
A Hard Day’s Write – The Stories Behind Every Beatles’ Song, Steve Turner; Carbon, 1994.
In Search of the Sources of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Yesterday,’ Ian Hammond; Journal on Media Culture; Old Sweet Songs; http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/VOLUME05/Oldsweetsongs.shtml
Paul McCartney in Casual Conversation with Jarvis Cocker at LIPA; August 15, 2018