Merry posted a contest with a Beatles theme. She is asking readers to pick from a list of Beatles songs (all Paul songs, I notice) and write or draw a post based on that song. Well, Merry is my Beatles Buddy and this was hard to pass up.

I considered the songs listed and vacillated between Maxwell’s Silver Hammer and Helter Skelter. MSH would be easier I thought….but then I do love Helter Skelter and that song, in a twisted way, helped introduce me to the Beatles.

I was about 13 years old, I believe when I started liking the Beatles. My friend and I had listened to Ringo’s solo albums for a couple of years before this (my friend’s aunt’s records). I had listened to my aunt’s Beatles albums when I stayed with my grandparents once. But we were just casual about them. Oh the band Ringo used to be in.

This was all in 1976 when, as I said, I was 13. A friend and I were voracious readers. We both had seen the made for tv movie “Helter Skelter” that year and decided to read the book. We read all about the Manson family’s twisted interpretations of the Beatles songs. Helter Skelter in particular seemed sinister after reading what the song represented to the Manson Family. (I could go on forever about the whole Manson family thing, but that’s a whole post) We had to hear more of this song and these Beatles.

We must have borrowed the record album from the library because her aunt liked the mop topped early Beatles and although my aunt had this album I did not have access to it. Anyway, we fell in love with the Beatles and became lifelong fans. It didn’t hurt that there was a second smaller wave of Beatlemania that year as rumors swirled that the Bealtes might get back together for this or that charity or show. They had only broken up six years earlier.

Years later, I met another life-long Beatles fan, Miss Merry. We became fast friends bonding over the Beatles those first few months. We now attend Beatles related shows and got to see Paul McCartney live in concert together! He played Helter Skelter that night, too.

This summer we are going to see Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band. We can’t wait!

The song was written by Paul McCartney. It is one of Paul’s most rocking Beatles tunes. He puts loud almost heavy metal guitar in this song with a driving vocal, almost screaming, “Helter Skelter, we’re comin’ down fast!”

Paul has said that Helter Skelter is an amusement park ride in England and also means topsy turvy.

The song certainly takes you for a ride. From beginning to end this song rocks out. It also has one of the first fake fade out endings in rock. Give it a listen and take a wild ride courtesy of Sir Paul McCartney.

Helter Skelter

Litany Against Fear

from Dune by Frank Herbert

I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

I’m really looking forward to spring. Garage sales and flea markets open again and the record hunt will begin. What will I find this year? I am sure I will find at least one gem (to me).

During the winter I have been buying my vinyl from Amazon. I can’t help myself. I WANT these records. I usually buy the cheaper ones, but every once in awhile I will pay more…like for my green vinyl Beatles Christmas Album.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently went to see Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa. It was terrific. So…I go looking for the music on Amazon and elsewhere on line. I purchased one of Dweezil’s early records, which I did not like and Bongo Fury and Grand Wazoo by Frank Zappa. I purchased some CDs, as well.

Dweezil’s Automatic was fantastic and more to my taste…DZ’s Go With What You Know which is good, but not as good as Automatic. More shredding on GWWYK than on Automatic. I am not a huge fan of guitar shredding so I prefer the singing guitar of Automatic.

And Frank, well I love anything and everything FZ does. So I am always looking to get some more of his music and preferably on vinyl. At garage sales and flea markets the price for Zappa records is substantially lower. So I am looking forward to that. Of course, I am also always looking for something I don’t have in my Beatles collection.

So spring, I sure am looking forward to your triumphant return.

Originally posted on behindthemaskofabuse:

I want to welcome one of my friends from the wonderful world of blogging Merry. Merry is from over at http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com  She did a blog post recently that broke my heart. A small part of the reason I felt her pain is that I’ve been there on more than one occasion, and any help that I got was both a gift and painful at the same time.  I welcome Merry to share her story. The link to help is at the bottom.
Hi. Some of you know me from WordPress. I started blogging in October of 2012 because my therapist at the time thought it would be a good idea for me to write about my struggle with depression. I named it Knocked over by a Feather, which had come from a comment made by my husband. We had just gotten married a short time earlier, on September 26, 2009. Life…

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I have been a fan of Frank Zappa and his music for many years. I like Frank’s music at any stage of his career. He has about 80 or so albums issued by himself and later The Zappa Family Trust (FZ died of cancer just before his 53rd birthday in 1993). Frank taped many if not all of his live shows which gives a wealth of music for the family to release. Rare things, etc.

Frank’s son Dweezil has been touring since 2006 with his band Zappa Plays Zappa. DZ and his band cover many of Frank’s songs and are touring to share this music with us. I’m sure he’s making some money, but the venues are pretty small…anyway, my husband and I have seen all but one of their shows in the Cleveland/Akron area. This band is phenomenal.

Dweezil is touring this year recreating the Roxy and Elsewhere live show. We attended this show in October at the Kent Stage in Kent, OH. We’ve seen them here a few times. That show was just so amazing. I always hate when the show is over! Dweezil and the band play as well as if not (dare I say it) a little better than Frank. But, the show is definitely all about Frank’s music.

A week or so ago I saw on Facebook and got an email of an a new show by ZPZ coming again to the Kent Stage. The show was in a week! Well, I jumped right on the ticket sight and purchased the best seats I could. Seventh row, center. Not bad. It is a small place. Not a bad seat in the house, but I wanted to be as close up as possible. My husband plays guitar a bit and likes to see the playing, too.

The show was billed as the “Extended Encore” and would not repeat any songs done in the October “Roxy” show. I was so excited to be going to see them again so soon! And anxious to hear what songs they would play. Whichever they chose, I knew it would be a great show. I also was excited because the band and/or Dweezil usually come out to meet the fans after the show either just coming out on stage or in the lobby signing autographs and taking pictures.

We got to the show and stopped at the merchandise table before taking our seats. I like to get me something from every show if I can. This time I got a 12 inch, red vinyl disc, single from Frank’s album Freak Out and some buttons. My husband bought some FZ picks for his pick collection.

We got to our seats and were thrilled to be so close up. I looked around at the crowd and again laughed that the crowd was about 90% male. Frank has a mostly male following I hear. I don’t know why, he plays a very soulful, sensuous guitar, but I digress.

The band came out and Dweezil thanked us all for coming on such short notice. Many in the crowd shouted, “Thank you, Dweezil!!” which is how I felt about the show, too. DZ explained that they were supposed to play in Colorado (I think), but the weather prevented it so they decided since the last show at the Kent Stage was sold out they would play here again instead. I was just glad they were there.

The band then started into “Montana”, the crowd went crazy as this is a favorite of most FZ fans. They then played another favorite, “Peaches in Regalia”. ZPZ then played “City of Tiny Lights” from his Sheik Yerbouti album. I noticed that some of the older men there seemed to know the older tunes, but not many from the 80s. I have read that Frank has fans who just enjoy his time with the Mothers or just his time when he put out solo stuff or whenever. Frank has all different kinds of music. I think there is something for everyone….

The rest of the show was a full night of fun, laughter and pure enjoyment of the music. As usual I didn’t want the show to end. But after an encore of “Stinkfoot” (which was chosen by the audience), Willie The Pimp (one of my husband’s favorites) and Whipping Post, the show was over. We heard a total of 20 tunes; which is saying a lot considering the length of some of the songs, the solos we got to hear, etc.

Dweezil announced that the band would be coming out to meet with us in the lobby after a short break. I went straight to the table and waited along with many other fans. After about fifteen minutes, the band walked out to greet us. They all sat at a table and we walked up to say hello, thank him for the shows, for doing the whole Zappa Plays Zappa project. The band that night was: Scheila Gonzalez (VERY talented multi-instrument playing singer), Ben Thomas (vocals, trumpet, guitar, a little of everything), Kurt Morgan (vocals and bass) Chris Norton (keyboards, vocals and more, who had technical difficulty during the show) and Dweezil himself.

I chatted a bit with Scheila, Kurt and Chris and then Dweezil himself. They all signed the cover of the record I purchased at the show and I took a pic with Dweezil. I was so happy. It had really been a wonderful show, wonderful time! I would highly recommend any Zappa Plays Zappa show, or listen to the original Frank Zappa recordings, both are fantastic!

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My second brother

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I met my best friends baby brother when I was 16, and he was 7.

He was always outside with his little band of friends, constantly on the go. I can remember going to watch him at football practice, myself and his two sisters drooling over his coach.

I watched him grow up, off and on, from a little boy to a young man. It seemed over a season, he grew 5 inches. The peach fuzz on his chin proved that time stands still for no one. He wasn’t the same little boy who put sand in my shoes at the beach, laughing hysterically at his own prank.

Jesse was there for me when I left my ex. He went with me as my bodyguard when I needed to pick up some belongings I had left behind during my moments notice exit from hell. I was afraid to go there…

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I love the Beatles; they are my favorite musical group. I collect pretty much any and all things related to the Beatles. I also love to collect records. My friend, Merry, recently found a box of records being thrown away and rescued them from the dump. She was kind enough to share some of the records she already had or didn’t want.

One record was called Beatle Country with the Charles River Valley Boys. I wasn’t sure what this album would be like, but I collect Beatles novelty records and Merry was kind enough to donate this record to my collection.

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This record turned out to be a gem for me. The album is a collection of twelve Beatles songs played by a bluegrass band comprised of guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle and dobro. Now I happen to also love bluegrass, so this is great. I was a little relieved, to be honest. I am not a fan of country music, especially the old twangy type. So I was a little worried that this album would be more that type of country music.

The album originally was released on Elektra Records in 1966, so the Beatles songs on it are all early tunes by the band: I’ve Just Seen a Face, I Saw Her Standing There and Ticket to Ride to name a few. The band does a great job with Norwegian Wood which has a beautiful mandolin solo. She’s a Woman is a fantastic instrumental with banjo, mandolin and guitar solos. There are some interesting choices on the album, too. Their version of Yellow Submarine is different (they pronounce it Yeller Submarine), but just as fun as the original with sound effects and all. Another interesting choice was And Your Bird Can Sing. The harmonies on this are terrific. They also cover the less known country sounding What Goes On which was originally sung by Ringo.

The Bealtes’ songs adapt well to the bluegrass sound. The harmonies used by the Bealtes work well in bluegrass arrangements.

I couldn’t find many videos, but here is I Saw Her Standing There by the Charles River Valley Boys. The album Beatles Country is now available on iTunes, but I’m glad I have it on vinyl.