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I feel fine

A post by thecuriousastronomer prompts a few thoughts on “I Feel Fine” by the Beatles, a well known and much-loved song which demonstrates tellingly why the Beatles were – and indeed remain – so far above the everyday of popular

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Do you know … what key we’re in?

So many popular songs sit happily in one key. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course: a skilful composer can get enough variety in the three to four minute span of a song to keep the listener’s interest without resorting

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A different side of Joni Mitchell

One of my first ever blog posts was about Joni Mitchell. In that essay, I made the point that a lot of Mitchell’s songs were, to use her own word, “theatre”. That is to say that, even though she frequently

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Sunday moods

John Updike’s short story, “Sunday Teasing” is delicately bitter. The story describes just a few hours in the married life of Arthur and Macy. There is tenderness between them, yet we can’t help but feel that the marriage is doomed.

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Cheery, inconsequential pop music, be damned

The Americans in the blogosphere are going Beatle mad at the moment. It seems that we have just passed the fiftieth anniversary of the Fab Four first landing on American soil. Delightful. I’ve just read a blog post (one among

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Oh, Mr Copper, can you sing me a love song?

In 1898 in the small town of Rottingdean in Sussex in South England, the landlord of the Black Horse Inn, a man by the name of Thomas Copper, and his brother James, were summoned to Northgate House, one of the

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A Happy Halloween with Ko-Ko the Clown, Cab Calloway and Fatha’s Faustian Fingers

Here is something a little bit creepy for Halloween. In 1933, when Fleischer Studios decided to base one of their animated shorts on the Snow White story, they of course cast their most famous creation – Betty Boop – in

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