learning love songs

est. 2008


The Beatles


So I’d seen many mentions of the Newsweek cover, and images of it. Thought it could be nice to have, interesting to read. I bought it a couple days after Christmas, at the nice Barnes and Noble in Pittsford, it was in the front and not in the magazine section. When I picked it up, first thing I read:

“Visually they are a nightmare … Musically they are a near-disaster … Their lyrics (punctuated by nutty shouts of ‘yeah, yeah, yeah!’) are a catastrophe.”
-“George, Paul, Ringo, and John,” Feb. 24 1964

Historical. Would love to read that whole story.

Bought new speakers today. Same as the old ones, only they were half the cost of what they were when I bought them in what must’ve been ’09. Many wires, might have to save up for wireless ones. But until that happens, man, I forgot how fucking terrible laptop speakers are, I’d gotten so used to them. Sounds! LOW END! Sweetsweetsweet.


You should really read this article from The Quietus by Taylor Parkes about Abbey Road studios. It’s based of a talk from two historians, addressing the changes between recording of the 60s, and the recording of now, and how much gets lost on a laptop….

I love hearing “the room,” in a recording, I love a rich sould full of natural unevenness, undiluted by too many mics, or too much equilibrium. I love sounds made louder and fuller from more instruments, not a knob. I read this story, and I want to be in a studio; I want to see it and learn it and feel it again.

To sum up:

“And Studio Two has something that modern recording studios can’t offer,” adds Kevin. “Because in the early days the technology wasn’t sophisticated enough to alter or enhance the sound after the fact, so you had to make sure the source material was as good as it could be. So they laboured over making the rooms as sonically pleasing as they could be, and that room is unique – everything sounds good in it.”

As for the article, it’s a wonderful story, clear-eyed and detailed. Here’s what The Beatles did, here’s what Floyd did, here’s how the engineers worked. Turns out, the studio wasn’t top-of-the-line at its heyday, a style that aided, if not defined, its favor among artists. You’re transported right there, in front of the four-track recorders and ordinary wall cupboards and gawky Britishisms highlighting the way. The story is deeply inspired, the way it should be, the way so many stories aren’t.

I remember when I felt I could write about people and places and things that way. It’s been some time. I start to fear, have I lost it? The ability altogether? Or just the inspiration? Last night, I considered this, while talking to old friends — “At least then I’d have something to fucking write about again” — I was half-joking, but in that way where the truth pulls the shades up from your eyes in an instant and all you see is what you’ve been missing.

“Once there was a way
To get back homeward
Once there was a way
To get back
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby”
~Golden Slumbers
The Beatles, Abbey Road


Love thissss…’s like a music theory orgasm. And I don’t use that word lightly.

Ahhh. Play it again. It feels so good. And Beatles source tapes?! Gyah!



And this video made me laugh. There is whole Beatles community on YouTube that could keep me here till 3 a.m….so many videos….


iPods on shuffle…I can’t give it up.

1) Say Anything-Spores, In Defense of the Genre
2)Ani DiFranco-Shameless [Re-Recorded Version}, Canon (Disc 1)
3)The Beatles-Hey, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Help
4)Radiohead-I Might Be Wrong, Amnesiac

I don’t know why but it totally worked. And I love Spores. More on that later.


I would totally buy this….
…but it sort of takes the magic away, don’t you think?

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