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Boarding the Wrong Train – Stop # 2

As frequent passengers on the Guitar Train know, Quirky T conducts this musical train with stops about The Beatles, Phil Collins, Genesis, Gloria Estefan, and Huey Lewis and the News. Along the way, there have been other stops to look at topics such as favorite movie and TV show soundtracks, We Are the World, and Live Aid. Also along the way, passengers have boarded this train by use of search terms on the Internet. Since my first stop on January 8, 2015 https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/boarding-the-wrong-train/ looking at whether these searches led to the correct blog, more interesting search terms have been entered. So let’s analyze them in this second stop.

Abbey Road - reverse angle

The Beatles’ Abbey Road – reverse angle

As in my previous stop on this topic, I am astonished that anyone searching anything relating to The Beatles would be led to my blog. At least people who repeatedly searched “The Beatles Anthology” book and were led to my blog did find mentions of the book in my stops called “Favorites Month – The Beatles” https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/favorites-month-the-beatles/ and “Am I Fan Enough?” https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/am-i-fan-enough/ Someone who searched “Paul McCartney playing guitar at Abbey Road” was led to my blog. That person did not find whatever he or she was looking for because this blog does not have photos of Paul McCartney playing guitar while literally standing outside on Abbey Road nor does it have photos of Paul McCartney playing guitar inside the Abbey Road Studios. My blog might have been more of what the person who searched “see inside Abbey Road from the angle of each Beatle” was looking for. Assuming the searcher meant the album cover of the same name and not inside Abbey Road Studios, the stop called “The Guitar Train Stops at Abbey Road (kind of) and sees The Beatles in Concert (sort of)” https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/the-guitar-train-stops-at-abbey-road-kind-of-and-sees-the-beatles-in-concert-sort-of/ contains photos of the wax Beatles from Madame Tussaud’s in the Abbey Road album cover poise. The photos show the reverse angle behind George Harrison as well as the front view with John Lennon leading the band. My blog couldn’t help the person searching for “George Harrison Salisbury Train”. That is definitely boarding the wrong train.

Bella Luna CD

Luckily some people have boarded the right train as I have mentioned subjects or written Guitar Train stops about subjects they were searching. The person searching for “Frank Sinatra Standards” found the perfect stop at “The Standards – Frank Sinatra”. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/the-standards-frank-sinatra/ Whoever searched for “the Bella Luna CD from Starbucks” was led to a mention of that CD in the stop, “Quirky T’s Favorite Instrumental Movie Soundtracks”. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/quirky-ts-favorite-instrumental-movie-soundtracks/ The search for “Huey Lewis guitarist” led to the stop mentioning the News’ guitarist James Harrah in “The Guitar Train Stops at a Huey Lewis and the News Concert!!!”. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-guitar-train-stops-at-a-huey-lewis-and-the-news-concert/ As requested in a search, I have included ticket stubs from concerts by Richard Marx, Steve Winwood, and Phil Collins in the Guitar Train stop “Concerts Quirky T Has Attended”. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/concerts-quirky-t-has-attended/

No Jacket Required CD back

There are some searches I feel like I have to correct in order to further my goal of conducting the Guitar Train to the destination of Advanced Musical Knowledge. I can tell the searcher not only “who wrote the music for We Say Hello Goodbye Genesis” but also the correct title of the Phil Collins written solo song is “We Said Hello Goodbye”. Being that it is my absolute favorite song, I better know those facts. Also, “Christie Allie” wasn’t exactly “Walking on Sunshine” but the actress Kirstie Alley did star in the move, “Look Who’s Talking” which contained The Katrina and the Waves song “Walking on Sunshine”. I mentioned this song in the stop “Quirky T’s Favorite Movie Soundtracks”. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/quirky-ts-favorite-movie-soundtracks/ That also leads to correcting the search for “Kenny Loggins Look Who’s Talking To”. This I had to actually search for on my own since this topic was never mentioned on The Guitar Train. I found that the actual title of the 1990 movie is “Look Who’s Talking Too” and Kenny Loggins was not involved in the soundtrack for the movie. Interestingly, I did find some Guitar Train related info in my search. The movie soundtrack does contain George Harrison’s version of “Got My Mind Set on You”, John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy”, and “Please Mr. Postman” (although it’s the Marvelettes version, not The Beatles version).

Benny and Joon CD

Benny and Joon CD

Good thing the person who searched “Sunshine on Leith Aidan Quinn” was led to my stop “Do I Want To Hear More – The Proclaimers” https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/do-i-want-to-hear-more-the-proclaimers/ where I explained that The Proclaimers’ song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” from my favorite movie “Benny and Joon” starring Aidan Quinn led me to listen to more songs by The Proclaimers. “Sunshine on Leith” is the title of their CD containing that song. The person who searched for “Mary Stuart soundtrack instrumental” was probably led to my post about “Benny and Joon” called “The Guitar Train Looks at the 20th Anniversary of Benny and Joon”. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-guitar-train-looks-at-the-20th-anniversary-of-benny-and-joon/ The movie also starred Mary Stuart Masterson. Except for the one Proclaimers’ song, the soundtrack for that movie is all instrumental.

 

Now for the category of “how did those search terms lead to my blog?”. I guess I can see why the search terms “train umbrella guitar” led to The Guitar Train blog but what I don’t know is what the person was actually looking for. The train where he or she left her umbrella and guitar? Sorry but I also cannot help the person searching for “Chanel old watches from 1960 – 1970”. The only topic I continually write about from the 1960’s is The Beatles. Although, now I’m curious to see photos of Chanel old watches from 1960-1970.

 

Finally, to answer Bill in the Russian Federation, this train does not stop at York. But to Bill and everyone else who was led to the Guitar Train by Googling and searching, I say, “Welcome Aboard”. Please stay on board for at least a few stops; you may find something else you like even if it isn’t exactly what you were searching for.

 

To other bloggers, have you ever been astonished by the search terms that have led people to your blog?

Boarding the Wrong Train

 

Quirky T enjoyed looking at Word Press’ Annual Report for this blog and other blogs. One category that always fascinates me is the search engine terms which lead viewers to my blog. Since September of last year, I have been jotting down these terms knowing that there was a post in there somewhere. Well, here it is! I’ve divided the search terms into three categories – Unfathomable (How with the millions of websites on that topic, would anyone be led to mine?), Right On! (I actually wrote a post on that topic), and Huh? (Someone was searching for that?).

 

The Beatles' Abbey Road

The Beatles’ Abbey Road

Unfathomable

  1. Early Beatles Albums
  2. Abbey Road
  3. Beatles Abbey Road Outfits
  4. Beatles Abbey Road

 

I cannot comprehend how with the millions of websites, blogs, and mere mentions of The Beatles on the Internet, that anything relating to them would lead to my little blog. Sure, I have a photo of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Beatles in the Abbey Road album cover poise as my blog header image but I doubt that would attract much traffic (no pun intended). There are blogs that are only devoted to The Beatles that deserve these leads more than mine. Two very good ones are “All You Need is The Beatles” (www.allyouneedisthebeatles.wordpress.com) and “Meet The Beatles for Real” (www.meetthebeatlesforreal.com). At least some of the people who were led to the Guitar Train blog, will find something about Abbey Road, if not the in-depth information they were looking for.

Frank Sinatra: Greatest Love Songs

Right On!

  1. Religious Christmas Songs
  2. Jon Secada The Best is Yet to Come
  3. Huey Lewis Movie Soundtracks
  4. Frank Sinatra Love Greatest Songs

 

These search terms hit their intended target. Religious Christmas Songs is the actual name of my December 5, 2013   post. I wrote about my love for Jon Secada’s version of the song, “The Best is Yet to Come” several times including posts on May 15, 2014  and October 2, 2014 . On December 4, 2014, I wrote a Guitar Train stop about movie soundtracks by my favorite musicians which mentioned Huey Lewis and the News’ soundtrack for the film “Back to the Future”. Someone searched for “Huey Lewis Movie Soundtracks” exactly six days later and hopefully wasn’t disappointed by my post. In my October 2, 2014 post on Frank Sinatra, I mentioned his CD called “Greatest Love Songs” so hopefully that was another enjoyed post.

 

Gloria Estefan's Destiny

Gloria Estefan’s Destiny

Huh?

  1. Patriotic Songs for My Mom on Her Birthday
  2. In What Month Did The Beatles Change Their Name
  3. Conducting Audience in Sing Along Photos
  4. Gloria Estefan Destiny Photo 1996 by Bruce Weber

 

It’s ironic that despite the specificity of these search terms, they were led to the wrong site – mine. I apologize for that and will now try to help those searchers.

 

For the first one, I’m glad Mom is patriotic. Hopefully, she’s also American because I only posted about American Patriotic songs on my July 4, 2013 stop called (fittingly) “Patriotic Songs”. The Beatles changed their name several times before settling on “The Beatles”. Unfortunately, the months these changes took place is nowhere to be found on the Guitar Train blog. Sorry. I’ll leave it to more knowledgeable Beatles fans than myself to answer that inquiry.

 

I’m at a loss as to a photo of someone conduction an audience in a song along; it’s definitely not on the Guitar Train. I’m sure photos of this event exist but maybe adding a specific musician’s name might help with the search. Good luck.

 

You can’t be more specific than this request for a photo of Gloria Estefan. I included a photo of my copy of the “Destiny” CD cover in my September 19, 2013 post on Gloria Estefan. (https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/favorites-month-gloria-estefan/) Upon reading the credits in the accompanying CD booklet, I discovered that Bruce Weber is not listed in the photo credits. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, searcher.

 

I would like to hear from other bloggers, what are the most unfathomable or “Huh?” search terms that have led to your blog?

Return Trip – The Guitar Train Stops at Abbey Road (kind of) and Sees The Beatles in Concert (sort of)

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first trip to America, Quirky T will be making several stops with the Guitar Train for Beatles Month. The first stop is a reposting of one of my most viewed posts. The header photo for this blog and my gravatar came from the photos for this post.

The Beatles' Abbey Road

The Beatles’ Abbey Road

Quirky T rode the Guitar Train to a special exhibit at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City. This limited time exhibit has the waxed Beatles posed in the iconic cover of the “Abbey Road” album. http://www.madametussauds.com/NewYork/NewsAndEvents/Beatles/default.aspx
The whole museum is great but this special room devoted to The Beatles with Beatles music playing was the definite highlight. Visitors politely waited their turn to pose with The Beatles on the crosswalk. Hopefully, the young kids there know who The Beatles are and their importance to music and life.

The Beatles' Abbey Road

The Beatles’ Abbey Road

There were only a few differences between the waxed version and the original album cover. The album’s backdrop of 1969 Abbey Road in London was replaced by a modern day Abbey Road.

The waxed Paul McCartney is wearing sandals instead of being barefoot as he was in the original photo. His being barefoot fueled the Paul is Dead rumors of the time as did the clothes and positioning of the other Beatles. Perhaps the sandals were added at Madame Tussauds as a way to anchor wax Paul to the ground. The figures did sway a bit after visitors stood between them to have their photos taken. Also, wax Paul is not holding a cigarette.

Abbey Road - reverse angle

The Beatles’ Abbey Road – reverse angle

Wax George Harrison was realistic except for the red plastic Mardi Gras like beads around his neck. Maybe they were a souvenir left by a fan. An amazing feature of this excellent exhibit was the ability to see the album cover from other angles.

Abbey Road from the front

This exhibit brought my memory train back to when I was at the actual Abbey Road in London. As Beatle fans know, the crosswalk photographed on the cover is near the Abbey Road studio in London where The Beatles recorded their songs. The low white wall in front of the studio is filled with messages and drawings left by Beatles fans. Once the wall is completely covered, it is painted over to give Beatlemaniacs a fresh canvas to express their love for The Beatles.

Of course, I had to have my photo taken walking across the now forever famous crosswalk. It was amazing to be where The Beatles were. Standing between wax Paul and wax Ringo Starr is the closest I will ever get to those living legends.
This exhibit travels around to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museums all over the world. It is in Hong Kong now until February 16, 2014.

The Mahoney Brothers as The Beatles

The Mahoney Brothers as The Beatles

My very next stop on the Guitar Train was an unexpected stop. A 45 minute wait between trains made me decide to leave the station and walk outside to a quaint suburban town. The sound of “Yellow Submarine” lured me to a park where a Beatles cover band, The Mahoney Brothers, was performing. http://www.mahoneybros.com/beatles.html

About a hundred people enjoyed this great band who played their parts well complete with Liverpool accents and Sgt. Peppers’ costumes. Hopefully, by osmosis, these great songs were absorbed by the young kids playing with beach balls during the concert.
Fifty years later and The Beatles are still going strong in several forms. It is the way it should be.

Hop aboard the Guitar Train and tell Quirky T if you have been to the real Abbey Road and posed on the crosswalk. If you like, you can even post on the Guitar Train blog the photo of yourself in Beatles pose.

Also, who is your favorite Beatles cover band and why? Do they dress the part and have the correct accent? If you close your eyes and listen to them, do you feel like you were hearing the real band?

Quick Stop at Another Summer Concert in The Park by a Beatles Tribute Band

This time Quirky T stopped the Guitar Train for a concert by a Beatles tribute band called Beatlemania Again. Check them out at www.beatlemaniaagain.com  They were good in their annual summer in the park performance.  They did the Liverpool accents and wore The Beatles costumes in three phases – Meet the Beatles, Sgt. Pepper, and Get Back.

The song selection was typical of tribute bands except for “Honey Don’t” sung by “Ringo Starr”.  This song is actually a Carl Perkins song covered by The Beatles.  I really like this song, especially when Ringo asks George to play guitar for him.  Then George Harrison rocks on with his guitar.

One song Beatlemania Again performed which Paul McCartney routinely performs in his concerts is “Drive My Car”.  I never understood with the numerous and amazing Beatles songs he has to choose from, why Paul chooses to play this one.  It just seems too silly of a song for him.

Interesting observation on Beatles tribute bands – most of the musicians are in their 50’s or older playing the parts of 20 year olds.  It’s also interesting that The Beatles probably didn’t put much thought into the clothes they wore for the cover of the “Abbey Road” album yet 43 years later, tribute bands replicate those clothes to represent post Sgt. Pepper’s songs.  That’s in addition to finding realistic versions of the ornate Sgt. Pepper outfits.

Guitar Train passengers, tell Quirky T which songs do you wish Beatles tribute bands would perform but don’t?

Which Beatles songs do they perform but you wish they didn’t?

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The Guitar Train stops at Abbey Road (kind of) and sees The Beatles in Concert (sort of)

The Beatles' Abbey Road

The Beatles’ Abbey Road

         Quirky T rode the Guitar Train to a special exhibit at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City.  This limited time exhibit has the waxed Beatles posed in the iconic cover of the “Abbey Road” album. http://www.madametussauds.com/NewYork/NewsAndEvents/Beatles/default.aspx

       The whole museum is great but this special room devoted to The Beatles with Beatles music playing was the definite highlight.  Visitors politely waited their turn to pose with The Beatles on the crosswalk.  Hopefully, the young kids there know who The Beatles are and their importance to music and life.

wax Abbey Road

The Beatles’ Abbey Road in wax

          There were only a few differences between the waxed version and the original album cover.  The album’s backdrop of 1960’s Abbey Road in London was replaced by a modern day Abbey Road.

       The waxed Paul McCartney is wearing sandals instead of being barefoot as he was in the original photo.  His being barefoot fueled the Paul is Dead rumors of the time as did the clothes and positioning of the other Beatles.  Perhaps the sandals were added at Madame Tussauds as a way to anchor wax Paul to the ground.  The figures did sway a bit after visitors stood between them to have their photos taken.  Also, wax Paul is not holding a cigarette.

Abbey Road from behind

Abbey Road from behind

Wax George Harrison was realistic except for the red plastic Mardi Gras like beads around his neck.  Maybe they were a souvenir left by a fan.  An amazing feature of this excellent exhibit was the ability to see the album cover from other angles. 

Abbey Road from the front

Abbey Road from the front

          This exhibit brought Quirky T’s memory train back to when she was at the actual Abbey Road in London.  As Beatle fans know, the crosswalk photographed on the cover is near the Abbey Road studio in London where The Beatles recorded their songs.  The low white wall in front of the studio is filled with messages and drawings left by Beatles fans.  Once the wall is completely covered, it is painted over to give Beatlemaniacs a fresh canvas to express their love for The Beatles. 

       Of course, Quirky T had to have her photo taken walking across the now forever famous crosswalk.  It was amazing to be where The Beatles were.  Standing between wax Paul and wax Ringo Starr is the closest Quirky T will ever get to those living legends.  This exhibit will be at  Madame Tussauds Wax Museum until September 5, so make sure you stop by while it’s there.

The Mahoney Brothers as The Beatles

The Mahoney Brothers as The Beatles

         Quirky T’s very next stop on the Guitar Train was an unexpected stop.  A 45   minute wait between trains made her decide to leave the station and walk outside to a quaint suburban town.  The sound of “Yellow Submarine” lured her to a park where a Beatles cover band, The Mahoney Brothers, was performing.  http://www.mahoneybros.com/beatles.html  About a hundred people enjoyed this great band who played their parts well complete with Liverpool accents and Sgt. Peppers’ costumes.  Hopefully, by osmosis, these great songs were absorbed by the young kids playing with beach balls during the concert.

            Fifty years later and The Beatles are still going strong in several forms.  It is the way it should be.

       Hop aboard the Guitar Train and tell Quirky T if you have been to the real Abbey Road and posed on the crosswalk.  If you like, you can even post on the Guitar train blog the photo of yourself in Beatles pose.

        Also, who is your favorite Beatles cover band and why?  Do they dress the part and have the correct accent?  If you close your eyes and listen to them, would you feel like you were hearing the real band?

        As always, all Guitar Train passengers should keep in mind that anything posted on the Guitar Train blog must NOT contain profanity or ethnic, racial, gender, or physical insensitivity.  If you don’t like a musician’s music, only make comments on his or her music, not on his or her looks.  Anyone who violates this will have to disembark at the next stop on the Guitar Train and will not be allowed back on the train.

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