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George Harrison In My Dreams

The Guitar Train continues along the track of songs I would request The Beatles to perform for me in the concert of my dreams. I came up with the idea for these posts because of a recent dream I had where Paul McCartney asked me to request one song from each Beatles album and he would perform them for me. Ironically, years before this dream, I had a dream about George Harrison. In that dream, he was in concert performing with a musician I really do not like (and shall remain nameless). That musician was not nice in the dream but George was very nice. The dream was bittersweet. It was good to “see” George Harrison but then sad to be hit again with the fact that he is no longer with us. I was left with the overwhelming feeling that I didn’t appreciate him enough when he was alive.

Beatles fans know that George wasn’t given the lead vocal part often or allowed to contribute many of the songs he wrote. (I guess I’m not the only one who didn’t appreciate him enough). As a result, I didn’t have as many songs to choose from as I did for Paul and John. So here are the songs I would request George sing to me in a dream concert.

 

  1. Do You Wanna Know a Secret
  2. Don’t Bother Me
  3. I’m Happy Just to Dance with You
  4. Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby
  5. You Like Me Too Much
  6. If I Needed Someone
  7. Taxman
  8. Within You Without You
  9. Blue Jay Way
  10. Savoy Truffle
  11. It’s All Too Much
  12. Here Comes the Sun
  13. For You Blue

 

I would have to ask for a special encore as my favorite George Harrison song was not included in any of The Beatles albums, but released as a B-side of a single. My dream George Harrison concert could not end without hearing him perform “Old Brown Shoe.”

 

Guitar Train passengers, if you could request one George Harrison song he either wrote and/or sang lead vocals on from each Beatles album, which songs would you pick?

 

Stay on board for the next stop on the Guitar Train which brings us to Ringo Starr’s Beatles songs.

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Upcoming Guitar Train Stops

 

In the upcoming months, the Guitar Train will be making stops to continue my series on song performance requests from my favorite musicians. I have already written about my dream song requests for Paul McCartney https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/paul-mccartney-requests-my-song-requests-well-not-really-but-literally-in-my-dream/ and John Lennon https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/john-lennon-didnt-take-my-song-requests-in-a-dream-or-in-real-life/ . So coming up is George Harrison and Ringo Starr song requests. I will be including my saga of what I had to go through to get this:

After The Beatles, I will move on to my other favorite musicians – Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Phil Collins, Genesis, and Huey Lewis and the News.

So stay on board the Guitar Train for a fantastic fall, the best season of them all!

John Lennon Didn’t Take My Song Requests in a Dream (Or in real life)

 

In last month’s stop on The Guitar Train, I wrote about the dream I had where Paul McCartney asked for my song requests of Beatles songs he would sing to me in a personal concert.  https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/paul-mccartney-requests-my-song-requests-well-not-really-but-literally-in-my-dream/   So this month, I am applying the same criteria to John Lennon Beatles songs. The criteria is that I can pick one song of his from each of The Beatles albums, no singles.

From everything I have read about John Lennon, I don’t think he would ever ask for song requests or honor them which obviously was his right. But let’s just imagine he did and here are the songs I would choose.

  1. Please Please Me
  2. It Won’t Be Long
  3. I Should Have Known Better
  4. Eight Days A Week
  5. Help!
  6. In My Life
  7. And Your Bird Can Sing
  8. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  9. I Am The Walrus
  10. I’m So Tired
  11. Hey Bulldog
  12. Come Together
  13. Across The Universe

 

I think this list really illustrates the transformation of John Lennon as a songwriter. He went from simpler songs about romance to more complex songs filled with vivid imagery. It’s a nice song journey to go on and would make an interesting concert.

 

Guitar Train passengers, if you could have the ultimate dream come true, which John Lennon songs would you like him to sing to you? Remember, it can only be songs from Beatles albums.

Thank You Sincerely

In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to sincerely thank all military veterans, current military personnel, and (hopefully there won’t be a need for) future military personnel. I especially remember all those who have died or have been severely wounded while serving. Thank you for everything you have done, do, and will do to serve and protect the United States of America.

Off the Music Track – Live Carving Station

Quirky T apologizes for two non-music Guitar Train station stops in a row but a questioning rant about a different kind of station is needed. I saw this Easter Sunday brunch advertisement in the newspaper and I couldn’t let it go to the recycling pile without commenting.

 

Let us focus on the part of the ad which mentions a “Live Carving Station”. I have to assume the person carving the meat from the animals is live and not the animals themselves. I believe the restaurant means the cooked meats will be carved to order for the customers. Not that the animals are live and roaming the brunch area wating to be carved while still alive or killed and then carved. If that’s the case, I imagine the cow for the prime beef would probably be standing near the salad section of the buffet table grazing on the lettuce. The turkey could be harder to gather up as it could fly away from certain death (or at least back to Vermont). On the other hand, if customers saw what a live, unplucked turkey looks like, they may not be inclined to eat it anymore. The pig would probably find the restaurant too clean and look for a table where a baby or toddle was eating and roll around on the carpet in the scraps of food that had fallen. The lambs might be docile but could get noisy with all the “ba” – ing after their legs are chopped off. Plus they might be considered by some as too cute to eat or hurt.

 

I know the paleo diet is a big trend right now but this would be taking it too far. It may lead to more vegans as brunch customers see where their meat really comes from. It would also lead to impatient customers as they’d have to wait longer for the live animals to be killed, cooked, prepared, and then carved and served. You think a turkey takes a long time to cook for Thanksgiving dinner when it was frozen or refrigerated? Wait until it has to be plucked also.

Referring back to the brunch ad, the “Live Omelet & Pasta Station” may also cause problems. The restaurant would have to make sure they had a huge chicken coop on hand to have all the “live” eggs they would need in order to make hundreds of omelets. Hopefully the “live pasta” does not mean the pasta is made from scratch. While it is quite tasty when homemade, it is time-consuming. Plus some of the ‘live” eggs from the chicken coop would be needed in order to make the pasta.

 

This is one Easter brunch I definitely did not go to. I can understand a Christmas nativity scene with live animals but a live Easter carving station? No, thank you.

Guitar Train passengers, if live carving stations appeal to you, it’s not too late. The same restaurant in the ad is also having a Mother’s Day Brunch with the same carving stations. Assuming all went well for their Easter brunch, you, too, can enjoy the freshest food possible.

Paper Towel Craziness

 

This month, Quirky T is conducting the Guitar Train on a non-musical detour.   This stop looks at the craziness of paper towel designs. Since paper towels can be used for so many purposes, they are pretty much a necessity of life (unless you’re environmentally conscious and use washable real cloth towels – good for you). I never understood the need for a design on a paper towel. A simple plain white paper towel is all we need.

plain white paper towel

plain white paper towel

After all, we’re only going to use it for a few seconds to clean up or a few minutes maximum in the microwave. It does not need to have a design. It does not need to have writing on it. I’m not looking for words of wisdom from a paper towel. I just need something functional. Plain white paper towels without images or writing are actually requested when microwaving certain items. I suppose this is so that the ink from the design does not get into the food or stain the microwave tray.

What I do not need, want, desire, or understand is this –

park scene paper towel 1

park scene on a paper towel

What is that? Why is there a park scene playing out on my paper towel? Who thought of this and why? I can understand napkins having designs since they will actually be displayed on tables. Although, I doubt a stroll through the park scene on a napkin would match any table or event theme.

park scene paper towel 2

park scene on a paper towel

And why are the women who are pushing the stroller, walking the dog, and strolling through the park all wearing very high heels? I’m surprised the woman on the bike and the female jogger (who incomprehensibly is wearing a skirt) aren’t wearing high heels also. What does that say about this paper towel company’s concept of women? And what about the lack of men except for the guy on the bench and the boy playing? I just don’t understand it.

park scene on paper towel 3

park scene on a paper towel

Guitar Train passengers, do you understand the purpose of this design on a paper towel? Do designs and sayings on paper towels bother you?

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