Friday, December 18, 2015

Beatle Bits: Tigers, Shins and Welsh Streets, oh my!

A campaign to save Livepool's "Welsh Streets" area, including the childhood home of Ringo Starr at 9 Madryn Street, has triumphed over city plans to demolish older homes to make way for new ones.
 A spokesman  for Liverpool City Council said : “We still regard the Secretary of State’s decision as unreasonable and illogical. However, our priority, rather than engage in protracted legal arguments, is to regenerate the Welsh Streets area and our objective all along has been to provide a sustainable and deliverable housing scheme. We will continue to consult with the residents on how best to achieve that.”
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The Shins' cover of Paul McCartney's "Wonder Christmastime" has dethroned Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as the most-played holiday tune in American stores.
Strangely enough, the cover ranks higher than the original, which comes in at a very low number 17. The Shins’ cover is also not new. It first appeared on the 2012 Holiday Rules compilation featuring music from Sir Paul himself as well as Sharon Van Etten and Calexico, among others.
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Here's an interview with Paul Saltzman, a Canadian filmmaker who met the Beatles while they were studying meditation in India.
They practiced only once in front of me but it wasn’t practicing. They were fooling around. When I heard them singing, I was walking past the entryway and I could see them at their threshhold through the chain link fence. I went back to my tent for my camera and when I came back they were singing some stuff I had never heard. That’s when they paused and they started working with Ob-La-Di and it was the joy. I was sitting next to Ringo, and under Paul’s toe on his right foot, there’s a little piece of paper and I lean over and I see these lyrics in his handwriting “Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra, La la how the life goes on.”
And he’s looking down singing it, so he did not know any of the other words yet. He just sang it over and over and over for 10 minutes and they were playing with it, bending it, faster, slower, laughing…they were so happy. In one of the pauses, right after I clicked a picture of them at this moment, Paul looked up at me and said “That’s all there is so far, we don’t have any of the words yet.”
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Speaking of India, tiger advocates are concerned that the re-opening of the ashram in Rishikesh where the Beatles studied with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi interferes with a nearby tiger refuge.

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