7 of the best Beatles non-album tracks

If there’s something I’ve realized about the music of the Beatles, it’s how every single one of their non-album tracks seems good enough to be a single. They were popular at a time when artists separated their singles from the album, thus the need for them to release all their singles in a separate album.

Anyways, here’s a short list of some of the best Beatles non-album tracks, taken from random albums I’ve currently had the opportunity to listen to.

1. Rock n’Roll Music (Beatles for Sale)

This skillfully done cover of a Chuck Berry masterpiece seems to receive less prominence compared to it’s more popular pseudo-counterpart ‘Twist and Shout’. It may’ve been released later, but released still at a time when the Beatles were slowly breaking into their own, relying on some classic standards as album fillers. Remember: this album was pre-pot album ak.a. Rubber Soul. Nevertheless it’s a cover punctuated by well-done lead guitar from George and a Lennon vocal that has every bit of Liverpudlian swag courtesy of John Winston, circa 1964.

2. For No One (Revolver) 

Released barely a year after ‘Yesterday’, ‘For No One’ shows a more mature McCartney as a songwriter, beginning with the skillfully-woven lines ‘The day breaks/your mind aches/ You’ll find that all words of kindness linger on when she no longer needs you”. One could say this was the more mature brother of ‘Yesterday’, and in a way, it is.

3. Two of Us (Let It Be)

Paul says it was about him and Linda, and we’ll let him believe that. Yet one can’t help but wonder whether or not it was as much a letter to John as to Linda. “Two of us chasing paper/getting nowhere/on our way back home/we’re on our way home/on our way home/we’re going home..” “You and I have memories/longer than the road that stretches out ahead”. Beautiful song, and hands down it’s the song that beats out well-released vocal harmonies circa early Beatles. Nothing beats two voices blending into one, especially these voices. The ‘I Dig A Pygmy’ intro ain’t that bad as well.

4. Across the Universe (Let It Be)

Lennon personally considered it as his best work, and poetically, it is. Written at a time when recording sessions became torturous for a band that had condemned themselves to spend day and night there, shunning touring and stadium interaction with their fans, the lyrics to ‘Across the Universe’ could easily belong in some 18th century poem by a Briton of similar talents. Thankfully, it was written in the 60s, by a man that has inspired generations and generations of writers. It’s just perfect that the song is accompanied by nothing more nothing less than an acoustic guitar.

5. Doctor Robert (Revolver)

A catchy autobiographical tune post-Nowhere Man. An ode to the early days of carrying drugs on tour punctuated by a well-done guitar that gives the song life. It veers away from the deep desolation of the Rubber Soul track, beginning and ending with the Lennon swagger written all over it.

The song is perfect for Revolver, an album chock full of innovation that preceded the aegis that was Sgt. Pepper.

6. TIE! “Oh! Darling” and “I Want You (she’s so heavy)” (Abbey Road)

Oh Darling is Paul at his original best, bringing out a powerhouse vocal we thought only women could pull off. Nevertheless it’s classic rock at it’s finest, and sharing a place with all 7:07 minutes of Lennon’s I Want You (she’s so heavy) is just right. I Want You is a love song, a real one that goes beyond ‘oomph’ ‘poomph’, instead delivering a frank serenade any rock star would be proud to sing, complete with mean guitar solo.

7. Dear Prudence (White Album)

John shows his mellow and kind side, singing a sweet song to a sweet girl. Punctuated by sleek guitar and a pseudo-rock sound, it’s simply beauteous, an ode you’d wish John himself had written for you. Prudence, you lucky girl!

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SPOILER: P.I.A.=> Perfect Irregardless of American Idol win

SPOILER ALERT:

I still can’t believe they eliminated pretty and vocally-talented Pia Toscano from Idol. She was clearly safe, and her risk of a midtempo, high-ranging ballad proved to have been a good decision on Pia’s part. The girl was beautiful and talented, and she had a personality, and looked like Mrs. Stefano Langone in my opinion :)) (they’d make a good couple). Nevertheless, I just feel bad to see her go. I love her Italian fire, considering I love Italian people, Italian food, Italy and I believe them to be very talented, very friendly people. She really was an Italian Carrie in terms of her vocal prowess. Didn’t Carrie Underwood also do midtempo and actually not get eliminated? Ugh.

Just don’t eliminate James Durbin, please.

Don’t.

Shaame.

You’re kidding, right?

I’m not the best music critic in the world, but there was a huge part of me that knew Rebecca Black had absolutely nothing to do with the inception of the song ‘Friday’ aside from singing it.

“‘Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards.’ I mean, everybody knows that, obviously, but I wanted the song to be simple and kind of sweet,” Wilson says in the interview. “People talk so much about how silly or stupid the lyrics are, but pop songs, they’re meant to be catchy and to tell things in a simple kind of way. I feel bad that Rebecca has been getting so many people criticizing the song. Because it was me that wrote it.”- source, http://www.yahoo.com/music

This was an excerpt taken from a chat Clarence Jay did with Yahoo Music regarding the song, which we now know was actually written by him. ZOMG. No, I’m kidding. No surprise there. According to him pop songs are meant to be catchy and tell things in a simple way. Not that SIMPLE, of course! What he seems to mean by ‘simple way’ is stating obvious facts like the days of the week:)) It’s just right that he feels pretty bad Rebecca is getting the flack for the stupid lyrics. Yes, bottomline… they’re pretty stupid, mainly because they seem to stating facts all of us know too well, LIKE THE DAYS OF THE WEEK.

On the other hand,  the company Jay heads up, Ark Music Factory, seems to be doing a good deed nonetheless. Or… what am I saying? Good deed? I dunno. This will forever be the most infamously hated song there ever will be.

P.S. I think Ark writes the other songs for the other girls too. :))

 

 

Contemporary Icons 2

Continuing the list I made of current musicians that have ‘icon’ potential, at least in my personal opinion. Feel free to tell me what you think.

1. Taylor Swift

Country music was all about cowboys and yodeling to me until I listened to Taylor Swift. Her autobiographical lyrics are the most real songs I’ve heard, and she’s managed to speak to her audience and allowed them to relate to her in so many ways that they feel as if they know her so well. Some artists hardly spend that much time trying to connect with their fans, since they seem to spend more time thinking of career choices instead. Taylor is a fan’s singer, and it’ll only be through her music where you’ll find songs that can actually allow listeners to relate to her in a very real sense. She also made playing the guitar cool again thanks to her live shows. Taylor is a true inspiration to girls everywhere, and that what makes her a contemporary icon.

2. Bruno Mars

Never have we seen a more talented singer come out in recent years. Mars, born Peter Hernandez, grew up loving music, eventually choosing it as his lifelong craft, a choice that seems to bode well with all his fans. He’s clearly a born musician: equipped with a talent for sincere and sometimes in your face songwriting, a skillfull and vast knowledge of instruments and a clear love for his current career, this half-Filipino singer songwriter cum lyricist producer has a bright future ahead. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t fall off the bandwagon because of vices like alcohol and drugs. I have high hopes for Peter Hernandez aka Bruno Mars.

3. The Script

I’m one of those people that isn’t a big fan of super emo bands, but there’s something so moving about the songwriting that really gets me with the Script. If they continue producing the songs that they do now in the next few years I guarantee a big future for this Irish band. They aren’t just about scratching the surface in most of their tracks, and their skilled poetry when it comes to songwriting is music gold. Hope to see them still in the coming years.

NOT SO SURE? 😀

Justin Bieber

I’m banking on the Biebs to stay in the business, especially since despite the fact that most of us won’t really want to admit it, he’s pretty talented. Let’s just hope that he’ll grow up along with his music and become a full-fledged star, and not just the David Cassidy of his time. He clearly has the potential, but he has got to grow up musically to stay in this business for more than five years or so.

WHERE ARE THEY?

Jonas Brothers

I used to be such a big fan of these guys, but it seems like they’ve faded out of the limelight since their last album Lines, Vines and Trying Times. Last I heard my ex-crush Kevin is married (sob) and Joe is dating Ashley Greene. Nick is single? Yeay! :)) But where are they? Didn’t they like used to be the Beatles of this day and age? A boyband loved by Disney lovers during 2007 (the year I deem as the golden age of Montana-Brobros and Disney in general) , the Jonas Brothers seem to be keeping a low profile. I haven’t heard much of any upcoming albums, videos or new singles. I didn’t even bother watching that new show of theirs ever since I heard the original plot was revamped into something horribly boring.

Nick’s solo effort with his band wasn’t so bad, but when oh when will they be bringing back the JoBros? Doesn’t look like that’ll be anytime soon. Maybe all the former Jo fans went off to JBiebs already. Let’s just hope they come back with some real songs before their fanbase fades off into bye-bye land.

Hilary Duff

I miss her cuteness and her poppy voice. Unfortunately it looks like she won’t be making much music anymore, considering she’s a missus now. Goodbye to Lizzie M and all her youthy cuteness. What a shame.

 

Summer Blues

It’s best to concretize things, so here are the things I hope to get done.

1.) Lose pounds => Ladies and gentlemen, I am a fatass. :))

2.) Read=> literacy=yeah. Deep, good literacy= not so much.

3.) Finish Palanca entries=> I won’t win for like another year, but getting my vote in helps.

4.) Cook something=> I feel an urge for pancakes.

5.) College Review=> An aid to my future. C’mon!

6.) College Apps=> I don’t have anything ready at the moment. 😦

7.) Write=> Finished Obsession and Bass, Man. Lord, thank you!

8.) Be Opinionated=> DONE! :>

 

I’ve already started writing out ideas for next year’s Teacher’s Day presentation and Passion Play. Hope to write something EPIC that will be the highlight of senior year for all of us. Hai… the pressure is on, but I like it. It’s good to get started now.

Reminds me, must accomplish registration form for enrollment into highschool next year. —I feel the nerves—-

 

REPOST: An Opinion Post: Race and Religion

I was watching another one of Nigahiga’s videos on YouTube one evening and encountered a foreign name I’d never heard of before (in recent news, that is) someone called Alexandra Wallace. Curious as I was, I googled the name and found out who this girl was. It turns out, she’s this UCLA student who posted a YouTube video ranting about Asians in the library and how it annoys her when they talk on their cellphones in the library. That wasn’t the big thing that made this video viral, though… it was the racist comments she made and the extremely blatant use of gibberish in mocking the Chinese language.

My main purpose for writing this would be to express the pent-up opinions inside me that have began to emerge since reading through a ton of comments that expressed their own personal opinions regarding the issue. I have to admit some of those opinions rattled me to my core and caused a few well-chosen cuss words to emerge in my head (I’m not the type to say things out loud). So, in the spirit of free speech, it’s my turn to talk, people:P

I originally intended to post the video on Facebook, but I’d rather not be an agent of cyber bullying somebody I haven’t even met. It’s stupid. Besides, I’m sure you can search it on Google just as easily and find it online, either in it’s original or parodied form (considering the amount of videos being made). First of all, I’d like to emphasize the points (or lack thereof.. kidding!) that did actually make sense in what she said. She had a point about the cellphones in the library thing, that’s not just part of American manners, thank you very much. I believe even a library in an Asian country like the Philippines actually discourages people to talk on the phone while in the library, a place that some (if not most of us) associate with ‘quiet signs’ and some old lady telling us to shush. She made the big mistake of ranting about a small thing that could easily be solved with her asking said person to speak outside. I mean, I’ve seen it in a lot of American movies where the people just point to the ‘quiet’ sign. Don’t libraries have those in UCLA? Really!

Everything else about that video I found really insulting.

1. CHING-CHONG-CHING THING: Not nice. Just plain not nice. It may be a commonly-used way to mock the Chinese language, but Asians aren’t just CHINESE. What about the Indians, Indonesians, Malaysians, Koreans…?

2. TSUNAMI TALK: Considering it has been barely a month since this event transpired, talking about it in a manner that does not involve sympathy (they deserve it), and jokingly talking about it or even mentioning it is cold. I’d rather not talk about recent events that did happen in America that were devastating, because I’m Asian and we’re not that.. vindictive. I’ll tell you that now.

3. NOT KNOWING HOW TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES: Hmm… I’m a little torn about this. I don’t think Asians don’t know how to fend for themselves. It is true that unlike America where youngsters are turned out of the house at 18, we stay together with our families well into marriage and childbearing. There are some Asians that do end up dependent on their families to the point of dependency, but not all Asians are like that. Despite not having that chance (not speaking for the entire Asian population here), most if not all of us actually end up learned members of society that are actually able to survive the outside world, despite not being thrown into it the way American teenagers are. Both American and Asian cultures have their strengths and weaknesses, their good parts and their flaws. Their chre tien and their yeo tien.

OTHER POINTS I WANT TO EMPHASIZE

=> based on some research I did online, and on some comments I’ve read.

1. NOT ONLY ASIANS TALK ON THEIR PHONE IN THE LIBRARY. I haven’t actually been to a library in a foreign university (specifically an American university) so I’m not going to talk about the things I see in movies. I guess that that Wallace girl must have been in the library on a day when there were many Asians in the library, so she came to the ‘conclusion’? that only Asians talk on their phones in the library. For all we know she could’ve walked into the library when there were groups of Japanese students checking on their families in Japan to see if they were okay….

2. SOMETHING ABOUT ASIANS NOT BEING ABLE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND ENGLISH????? Are you kidding me? As you may have noticed I’m actually writing this essay in English. Surprised, are you? Plus, I doubt there would be Asians who would sabotage Alexandra’s grades. If they do, then shame on them… but it would be their choice. I have no control on other people’s lives and what they might choose to do in the wake of this incident. I just take major offense regarding that comment. You’re kidding, right? REALLY?

3. TOO MUCH: I applaud free speech, considering I like to practice it myself a few zillion times every day. I don’t really know whether those death threats received by Alexandra are true, but that’s just too much. She was practicing her right to free speech. I kinda like the YouTube parodies and the responses people made to her, though, so keep those up my Asian brothers and sisters:) Nice to see just how close-knit and how opinionated the Asian community is. Alexandra should realize posting a rant that clearly is racist in a place as open as YouTube was just plain stupid. I’m sad to see her say goodbye to her UCLA education, though, but I’d rather not like to endure what she must be enduring just because of that video. RACIST VIDEO=BAD MOVE.

4.NO ONE WOULD CARE, IF HE/SHE WERE OF ANOTHER RACE: I highly doubt that. Considering Asians and Americans happen to be very opinionated races, if other things were said of the latter, I doubt we would not expect hate videos and the like. It might’ve probably been a thousand times worse had the perp been someone of Asian descent.

You want a clear example of racism? Why is it that Americans seem to think Asians refer only to Chinese people? Really?

I’ve actually read enough Psych journals to know that there have been tests that have proven Asian students do better academically than Americans do.

But if there’s one thing I can be assured of, it’s the reality of racism. It’ll never die. It’ll never be the kind of social disease that is common to one nation, or one race.

Think about that.

UPDATE: Turns out that yes, Alexandra will really leave UCLA. Sad. 😦