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It's Lennon McCartney night on American Idol so I have no choice but to watch it.
I have a problem with peolple covering Beatles songs. The Beatles are soooooo much a powerful part of my life. I am unable to express the depth of my connection to their music. If I were to name two things that define me as a person I would probably pick red hair and the Beatles. So when people sing their songs they either need to sound EXACTLY like them or they need to make it so much their own that I don't care it's a Beatles song. (I would qualify that saying it has to be in tune, nice arrangement, doesn't defame them in any way...) I probably hate 90% of non-traditional Beatles covers. I own a lot of Beatles cover CD's in my compulsion to have every Beatle-related thing that crosses my path (Chet Atkins picks on the Beatles; Snoopy sings the Beatles; classical Beatles; Nashville Beatles; Motown Beatles; blah blah blah) despite my pickiness. Oddly enough, I actually like most of the Target commercials. Regardless, since I do have protective issues with their songs I'm a bit worried as the AI kids are pretty much newbies and most of them too young to really know them. I'm too young to know them! How can a 17 year old? Then again, I've been a dedicated fan since I was 13 so maybe I'm prejudging.

So while it's on I am making up a list of which ones I'm going to have find on YouTube:
* Chikezie's version of She's a Women which I loved way more than I expected.
* Jason Castro version of If I Fell despite Randy's comments. It was gorgeous. I loved the moments when his voice got high or trembled.
* Carly Smithson version of Come Together. Come on, she's Irish. She had an advantage. She was closer to the melody but the instruments were really interesting in this. She has a good voice for this song.
* David Cook's Elenor Rigby was good, too, especially the end. I really like how it was kinda dark rocked up because it's rather a dark lonely song. Ray Charles did an amazing version of this song years ago. I would love to have that.
* Michael Johns's Across the Universe is gorgeous! His voice was so simple and so appropriate and not over done. It was their melody but his voice. And he has a good voice. Traditional but not boring. Love.

1 866 43657 04 Jason Castro
1 866 43657 06 David Cook
1 866 43657 10 Michael Johns

I'm relieved I liked so many of them... I didn't even really hate anyone's. In My Life (my wedding dance song) was pretty even if she didn't take a risk. Ramiele has a very nice voice. People with unique voices have an advantage in making a song sound different despite not changing anything. Brooke's Let It Be was pretty straightforward but because of her twang it gave it a country feel somehow. And Kristy Lee Cook did a major country revision of 8 Days a Week. I was stunned by actually not hating this. It's my dad's favorite Beatles song, wonder what he would have thought? I don't normally like her but it was fast and not terribly off-key. The instruments were cool - hadn't heard that before. I didn't like it but I liked it better than Tracey Chapman's Imagine!! When I Saw Her Standing There was okay, not great but I wasn't cringing. John said You Can't Do That was an Elvis meets Joplin meets Macy Gray. Amanda has a unique voice and I liked parts of it very very much, but other parts not so much. I had to turn away from David Archuleta when he forgot the words and he went away from the Beatles but maybe it was the Stevie Wonder version which I've never heard. It wasn't bad, just different. I didn't know if he was in tune or not because it was so different. He moved around a lot, too. While I didn't like the Chicago style Got To Get You Into My Life that was because I'm not a Chicago fan. Syesha voice was okay mostly. Huh, maybe I should just try to get all of them. They are Beatles songs.

Meanwhile, what was up with Ryan tonight? He was hyper at times and he/Simon were snapping but Ryan seemed on the attack.

Pottery is still fun. John tried out the wheel tonight and made a beautiful vase on his first try. I was too scared to wheel so I started another slab vase thing. I also raku glazed two pieces for next Tuesday to go into the kiln. I put some high-glazed pieces in the stacks and cannot wait to see how they turn out. And I worked some more on the incense burner I started the week before but it needs to get a little drier before I can finish it. It's still too bendy when I try to carve into it. My glass experiment has to wait - the pieces are still not dry enough to bisque fire. Argh!!

My job is getting really busy. I've started getting Bachelors of Science in Teacher Education applications now - we're up to 9 - and they are a lot of work for me! There seven admissions requirements for the program and each one involves a lot of my looking over their academic history, recalculating GPAs, checking for particular courses and grades, comparing what they've done to what the program requires, etc. plus assembling that data into 1) a spreadsheet for the BSTE people, 2) an advising grid I created since they don't yet have an advisor for the program, and 3) an admissions grid for the registrar each of which uses the same data but in totally different ways so that I cannot kill three birds with one stone. Also, they keep sending students to me for advising despite repeatedly being told I am not an advisor and they are not allowed to do that. So three times now I've lost two hours out of my day doing advising despite it not being legal, official, binding, or possibly even correct!! And for goodness sake - I had no idea that people give that many details about their personal lives to a stranger. Especially when I don't need to know about their medical histories, their high school years, or their issues with their children or spouses to tell them how close they are to meeting lower division electives and what classes are needed for a degree!!! Yet all the people I've spoken to have insisted on telling me one or all of those things. Meanwhile I'm getting several BAS applications a day (not as much work - they only have three admissions requirements) but there is still photocopying, letter writing, folder checking so they take some time. I'm getting a lot faster at them, though! Yay for familiarity! The BS Nursing haven't been much of an issue yet but that's mostly because the program is in limbo. Once they come out I'll get flooded. I've already sent out 70 letters to potential students asking them to get their pre-admissions straight pending the official BSN application being released to help streamline the process (the more I get done now, the less to do later - plus it gives them more time to fix problems if they have residency issues and to get their transcripts in and evaluated). I'm liking it, though! I wasn't sure about it at first because I was moved into this job without being consulted. It's a brand new position, never been done before at the school and they said they wanted someone they trusted in it. But so much of it I'm kind of creating on the spot because two of the degrees are brand new so it is weird and fun. Weird because I really like direction so having to design spreadsheets, letters, grids, etc. without much guidance while still having to have them approved and match whatever State or SACS requirements put upon us and having so many people watching over my shoulder who are also a bit confused but are way above me career-ladderwise is odd. Fun because it is fun to be creative and I'm pleased with what I've come up so far.

Oh, and I'm sure I will not get the other job. The more I hear about that job the more it sounds like they want someone with a doctorate and my wee little masters will not be good enough. I will probably still apply but I'm not even expecting an interview. What the heck. I'm also looking into what's required for a doctorate degree. If possible, I would do my thesis somehow on use of gaming in education. (D&D teaches you math skills, leadership & teamwork skills, communication skills, creative writing skills, improvisation skills, survival skills (ha!) and more... Atlas Games "Once Upon a Time" could easily be used in a classroom.)


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Mar. 12th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
It's funny Ape...We share so much in the Beatles and my fake red to your natural :) I am EXTREMELY LEARY of Beatles covers as well. Extremely...and I have AI waiting on me on my Tivo so I'll let you know what I think too. I've really avoided the movie "Across the Universe" because I wasn't sure I'd like it. I like the Beatles singing the Beatles. Although I do like Rufus Wainwright's version of Across the Universe, but that's about it. I'm particular. I've loved them too since I was 13! How funny!

I must say...I do have a lot of Beatles songs that I am passionate about, and some of the "everyone's favorites" that I've begun to found annoying - I guess that's the price we pay for liking them so much (you run the risk of some songs wearing thin)...I wanted to take an inventory of the songs you love as I share some of mine with you...I think that'd be fun?!

I'll start at the beginning:

Anna, Go To Him (Cover - I believe but more true about my past than I'd like to admit).
Girl (Have no idea why I love this as much as I do, but there is something about John Lennon's breathing in that just strikes something within me).
My Life (Song dedicated to me at my first wedding to Chris, and currently on my "funeral" song list - I know it's morbid, but I love it).
The Long and Winding Road (deep and meaningful, danced with my Dad at my wedding - very indicative of our relationship in some ways).
Something (My God...what a song...Patti Boyd is lucky to have 3 amazing songs written for her - friggin A).
Here Comes the Sun (A song of hope from one of hope).
You Never Give Me Your Money (Just always have loved this song).
Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (This medley and the one that comes right after it was played over and over and over again in my room when I was a teenager - just amazing to me).
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/End (Anthemic in many ways, and best last line ever).
You're Gonna Lose That Girl (Always have loved this song).
Your Mother Should Know (Just because).
Got To Get You Into My Life (What a rousing song of love).
She's Leaving Home (Perfect song for a teenage girl to listen to in some ways).
A Day in the Life (Probably my very favorite Beatles song of all time, it has the perfect blending of John and Paul's styles, 2 crescendos - spelling? - that scared me to death the first time I heard them, and an end that just leaves you raw....it's the first time that music took me on a journey and got my senses raised).

Sorry...you inspired me to think about this stuff. I'm making a new itunes playlist now!

Mar. 12th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I cannot wait to respond to this! But John has already come out saying it's bedtime so I will have to wait. I love reading your reasoning behind your choices.

But really quickly -
Love all the songs you picked but of them -
In My Life was my wedding song, too! and is in my top 10
Here Comes the Sun is one of my favorites
Your Mother Should Know is one of my faves as well
A Day In the Life is in my top 10

Oh, and not a Beatles song but April Come She Will is my favorite Simon & Garfunkle song. I wish the Beatles had an April song!!! Sigh...
Mar. 13th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice (*looks around for John or George to appear*)
Okay - I'm TERRIBLE at picking favorites so this is in no order...

If I Fell was the first Beatles song I ever heard. I remember distinctly - I was 13, I had a hotdog as I always did for breakfast in 9th grade, and I had tuned in to watch George of the Jungle like I did every morning while eating before heading off to school. But that day it was not George, it was the Beatles cartoon version (a mad scientist sent his assistent out to find a beetle's brain for his Frankenstein monster and the assisent brought back John Lennon because he was the brain of the Beatles) and I was hooked for life. So for weeks I learned a new Beatles song every morning and sang it to my friends at my lunch table that afternoon. Soon that wasn't enough and I discovered Bill's Dusty Discs (the local used record shop) and over the next few years collected every Beatles record and several biographies and thereafter was known at my high school as "that girl who sings Beatles songs in the hallways". :)

1) You've Got to Hide Your Love Away is in my top 10 just because I really love the song. I love the flute, I love the meloncoly, I love the tune - it's really hard to sing this song.

2) I've Just Seen a Face is in my top 10 because I like the alliteration in the chorus; I think it's really clever. Plus it's really happy. You should see Across the Universe - they do a great cover of this song. But be warned, while their cover of Girl is mostly okay he does something weird with the breathing.

3) You Won't See Me because I worked out a hand dance to this song! Sigh... teenagers...

4) In My Life was an early favorite, I always knew I would dance to this at my wedding.

5) A Day In The Life for the reason you gave. I love the images. I did this for my acting class, we had to "act" a song. It was the best thing I did in that class!

6) Dear Prudence possibly my favorite song. I would love for the clouds to be my daisy chain. I would love for someone to beg to see me smile again when I'm feeling down. Also, I rewrote this song to be about my bathroom anxiety issues and think I did a good job with it...

7) Mother Nature's Son because it's just a darn good song. I can almost play it on piano and it's not too hard to sing. Paul's songs are easier to sing than John's.

8) Cry Baby Cry I fell in love with the storybook feel. It's a fun to sing. It's somehow happy while being a bit minor sounding. And I also really love the bit Paul tacked on to the end.

9) Two of Us just recently ousted Oh Darling or Her Majesty out of my ever changing top 10. I learned how to play it on guitar and got a new appreciation for it.

10) Across the Universe gosh from the imagery alone this song is amazing. And it's actually pretty easy to play on guitar. If I can play it I tend to love it even more because I'm connecting to it on yet another level.

But I hate just picking 10. It's so hard to choose and on any given day it changes. It ALWAYS has Dear Prudence, In My Life, A Day in the Life, and You've Got to Hide Your Love Away. I guess those are my top four. I'm sad I don't have any George songs in my list today. If I were to make a top ten list of post-Beatles songs it probably would be all George and John. I have a lot of George CD's he was so amazing and so underappreciated. Other songs that are often in my top ten are Julia and I Will, For You Blue, the Ballad of John and Yoko, Rain, Old Shoe, Rocky Raccoon, Love to You, etc. Sigh.

Love the Long and Winding Road, Here Comes the Sun (and how that song came to be), Golden Slumbers/You Never Give Me Your Money (which I practiced as a medley with the OWC Drum teacher & Guitar teacher!!), Got To Get You Into My Life, She's Leaving Home (still makes me cry no matter how many times I hear it)...

It's actually easier to list the songs by ones I don't like - Good Night.
Maybe if I tried listening to it again, I might drop that list down to zero.
Mar. 13th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Re: Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice (*looks around for John or George to appear*)
Wow...I can so understand all that you said. I wanted to respond fully to all my thoughts but I'm fading fast.
A few things I will note:
1) You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - good tune yes, and almost impossible for me to not see them in their 4 bedroom flat with Ringo in John's down-below bed. Play that tambourine!
6) Love the story behind Dear Prudence...Have you read Patti Boyd's book yet? It's a bit scattered but interesting.
9) Two Of Us - did you see that VH1 fictionalization movie of John and Paul getting together at the Dakota? I liked it so much cause it made me feel more at peace with their relationship (even if it didn't happen just like the movie showed). It was an imagining of John and Paul debating whether or not to join John and Ringo at SNL that night.

Thanks to you, I'm reconnecting to the Beatles. I had shelved them honorably because I spent YEARS of my adolescence listening to every song. Last night - I pulled out a bunch of songs and just listened to them...my god...I mean, how can 4 men create such magic just by being together. Not that I don't like some of their solo work - but it's hard to find a solo song that lives up to the Beatles stuff. Imagine maybe one, Maybe I'm Amazed is another...but can you think of another? I mean I love a lot of Geroge, John's and Paul's solo stuff - however looking back I find Paul a little too simplistic at times for me (I mean - what the heck is Uncle Alber/Admiral Halsey ? I mean what is that?) Although - I always thought Another Day (Paul) was written about me in a past life or something :)

I've already written too much...but I can understand that it's easier to pick songs that you don't like or are annoyed by at times...right now for me: Come Together and Hey Jude pretty much drive me batty (I've just heard them WAAAAAY too much). Having seen Paul in concert twice, he also overdoes Jude where I get nauseated with the NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA - HEY JUDE. Jude grew up people - and frankly, Ape - if you haven't listened to Julian's Photograph Smile Album - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. It is wonderous.

More on this soon...I love these chats!

BTW Do you watch Top Chef?

Mar. 14th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Re: Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice (*looks around for John or George to appear*)
You can never write too much! But I totally get being too tired to post. It's crazy close to my bedtime right now and that's bugging me because I want to write so much. :)

I don't watch Top Chef regularly but very often i catch up when they have marathons. :)
I love watching food - LOL!
Mar. 14th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Re: Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice (*looks around for John or George to appear*)
I'll mail you a copy of Julian's album if you want too.
Mar. 14th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice (*looks around for John or George to appear*)

I havea Valotte, Secret Value, Mr. Jordan, and Help Yourself - so if you don't have any of those I will swap!!! Help Yourself is actually really good. He shouldn't have disappeared like that, he deserves air play. Apparently he was waiting out his contract before releasing another album because he was happy with his label (?) but in the process he got forgotten so when it did come out people (like me!) weren't there to buy it. :(
Mar. 14th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice Beatlesjuice (*looks around for John or George to appear*)
Don't be mad at me :( :)
I have everything except Help Yourself - I thought Mr. Jordan was good - brooding for a brooding teenage girl that I was :)
I'll send Photograph Smile asap.
Mar. 13th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
OH - and I cannot wait to hear your opinions on the AI Beatles night!!! You have such a way with words.

And apologies for my spelling in that other comment, I was so excited about writing about Beatles I didn't even think about spell check.

At least other than admitting to a hand dance (kind of like signing w/o actually knowing sign language) I spared you descriptions for my "song ritiuals" I did to Day in the Life, Birthday/Yer Blues, and other goofy things I did (order of playing records/how often they were played) as a teenager that I still sometimes do as a reflex to this day... I was a bit compulsive even as a teenager.
Mar. 13th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Mar. 14th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Madlady really is quite mad...
ha - okay i'll do one or two tonight....

This is really stupid:
Birthday and Yer Blues: I had to jump throughout the entire Birthday song. Moreover the chorus and the verses got different kinds of jumps - like jumping jacks vs hopping vs normal jumps, etc. It's not a short song so it was tiring. Then when Yer Blues comes on I would stop jumping and collapse to the floor, hopfully timing the landing to the "wanna die" line...

You Won't See Me: For "you" I would point forward, for "won't" I would make a no no finger shake, for "see" I would point to my eyes like Prince in I Would Die Four You which is where I got my idea for the handdance, and, of course, for "me" I would point to myself.

And you mentioned Julian Lennon - when I was thirteen I listened to Valotte twice a day. Once immediately when I got home from school and once again after I finished my homework. For "Space" I would lie on my back and meditate!! Sigh...
Mar. 13th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
You might find this amusing--the new Captain Britain series from Marvel will have a supporting character, Skrull John (introduced in the WISDOM miniseries), a Skrull (alien shapeshifter) who took the form of John Lennon back in 1963 as part of an alien plan to infiltrate pop culture. He never actually replaced John (we don't know why) but has spent the intervening years using the face to get by ("Hi, I'm John Lennon, can I crash here?") and has adopted a lot of Lennon's personality (or so the author says).
Mar. 13th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
oh that's cool!

i actually know what a skrull is from an ookla the mok song called Super Skrull but other than the lyrics of this song i've never heard of them. i would love to read the John Skrull stories :)

Ookla's Skrull song is actually really cute when you hear it, I don't know how great the lyrics are when you are just reading them. They also have a great song called "Stop Talking About Comic Books Or I'll Kill You" which I'm assuming was something said to one (or both) of them by an ex-girlfriend.

Theme From SuperSkrull
On the Skrull home world in a secret laboratory
they modified a chromosome and so begins the story
of a Skrull whose nearly impossible chore
is to battle and defeat the Fantastic Four.
He's Super Skrull--incredible!
He's as geechy as Nietzsche and that's no bull.
Though to us he seems preposterous,
it's really not for us to just
pass a rash judgement on the Super Skrull,
cause his left arm can stretch
like it's made out of plastic:
it's as elastic as Mr. Fantastic.
His right arm's got orange rocks for skin:
from the shoulder down he's as strong as big Ben Grimm.
He can turn one leg invisible,
which really isn't all that practical.
Unless you're extremely gullible
you won't be fooled by Super Skrull.
His other leg is flammable
(the same thing as inflammable):
he crossed his legs and then he learned
his invisible leg could still get burned.
Though his appearance is comical
and raises many questions anatomical,
his features aren't as malleable
as the features of his fellow Skrull.
From his hat down to his shoes
he wears unstable molecules.
He's endorsing RC Cola
and cruising chicks with Arnim Zola.
He's not even possible,
but what the hell, he's Super Skrull!
He can't tie his shoes without an oven mitt,
and he has a hard time finding shirts that fit.
Painfully implausible,
technically impossible.
Socks? He's got a closet full.
His favorite band is Jethro Tull.
He's not just any ordinary Skrull, he's Super Skrull!
Mar. 13th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
That's a hoot (though he can actually turn all his body invisible). I'll have to hear it played some time.
Mar. 13th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
I love Ookla the Mok
Cool! I'll play it for you next time. It's all a capello (sp - no time to look it up) and they sound happy when singing it which always makes me like a song.

Here are the lyrics to Stop Talking... I like this one because of the flash line and because I could hear this happening between a couple. I can hear the frustration and relate to the frustration (if it's not comic books it's action figures or computers or what not) plus I love all the references and I love the fact that in the end, she admits likes comics, too.

Stop talking about comic books or I'll kill you.
I don't care if the Hulk could defeat the Man of Steel.
I'm gonna rearrange your face if you continue to debate
whether Logan's claws could pierce
Steve Roger's shield.
I just couldn't care less if they bring back Kraven,
and I don't care if Spiderman's a clone.
Stop spending all our cash on back issues of the Flash,
or I swear to God you're gonna spend
your twilight years alone.
Okay, you can call them graphic novels,
but they're still just plain old comic books to me,
and I don't see why you must always ceaselessly discuss
the post-Zero hour continuity.
For the last time I won't read those Kirby X-men.
You know that I prefer the work he did for DC.
And if you don't want to die
you'll lose that Overstreet Price Guide,
Comic Buyer's Guide, and Wizard Magazine,
but please get the new Invisibles for me.
Mar. 13th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Re: I love Ookla the Mok
Cute (even if we know perfectly well Wolverine's claws can't cut the shield)--extra points since I'm now buying up trade paperbacks of The Invisibles.

Yes, I definitely want to hear some Ookla!
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