Today’s Music To keep me SssSaaaaannnnNEEee in Isolation – Beatles – With The Beatles

I often overlook this album. The second album from the Beatles followed the same formula as the first one – a mixture of self-penned numbers and covers. It was basically a second dose of their live act. For me it did not quite cut through the way first album did – probably because it was not quite so raw.

I bought this the day it came out and my fourteen-year-old self was desperate to play it. Unfortunately my record player broke and I couldn’t play. To make matters worse my mate Jeff came down and when he found I couldn’t play it he borrowed it. It took me a week to fix my record player!!

02-The Beatles – With the Beatles (full album) – YouTube

The Beatles – With The Beatles 1963 (Full Album) – YouTube

Today’s Music to keep me SsSSAaaaNnnnNeEEE in Isolation -The Beatles – Please Please Me

Every time I put this album on it takes me straight back to that fourteen year old I was back in 1963 hearing them for the first time and being blown away. R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll, raw and great.

She was just seventeen……………………………..

Please Please Me – The Beatles (1963) on Vimeo

Today’s Music to keep me SsssaAaaAnnnNeeE in Isolation – John lennon – Plastic Ono Band

I love this stripped back album full of raw energy and truth. Everything that Rock should be. I think he only had three albums that were great – this, Imagine and Shaved Fish.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Full Album – YouTube

Today’s music to keep me SssSSAaaaAnNNNnEeee in Isolation – Beatles – Beatles For Sale

On their fourth album the Beatles were still treading the same boards as on their first album. There was a mixture of covers (Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins,Dr Feelgood) plus their own material. There was less of the R&B and to me it sounded less raw than that superb first album. This was their teeny bop years but the quality of the material was far better than teeny bop.

Today I’m going to revisit my youth. I’ll go back in my mind to that day I came rushing home with the album to put it on the record player on the morning it came out. From Please Please Me on I bought every Beatles single and album on the day it came out and still remember the buzz of hearing it for the first time. I was never disappointed.

The Beatles – Beatles for Sale (full album) – YouTube

Today’s Music to keep me SsSSAaAaNNNnEeEe in Isolation – John Lennon – Imagine Album.

Imagine is a great track but I’ve heard it a million times. The rest of the album is brilliant. In my opinion John only produced two brilliant albums – Imagine and Plastic Ono Band – three if you count Shaved Fish. The rest of his stuff is OK but not up to that standard. I love the bare emotion and unrestrained impetus. He was doing and saying what he liked. Freedom.

I’ll enjoy this today.

John Lennon – 1971 – Imagine – YouTube

Poetry – The Music that Moves Mountains

The Music that Moves Mountains

From Dylan to the Doors,

Beatles to the Stones,

I dreamt the thoughts

That matched the tones.

Harper and Cohen,

Ochs and Guthrie,

Gave me the words

To match my own melody.

My neurones soared

With the feedback

As my thoughts set out

On a new tack.

Beefheart and Young

Sent me reeling.

While Joni and Joan

Filled my head with the feeling.

For we’ve got the Traffic

And the new Family

Floyd in the stars

As Hendrix set me Free

Country Joe was so Grateful

As the Airplane flew

From Buffalo with Invention

As that feeling grew.

Love flew like the Byrds

While the Velvets walked the streets

It was all Canned Tomorrow

That Broughton cosmic feats.

For we’re all Sunshine Supermen

On a journey across the universe

Floating on those cosmic wheels

From verse to verse.

Music’s my inspiration

As my consciousness flows

Along those golden strings

As the syncopation grows.

Opher 15.8.2015

The Music that Moves Mountains

The sixties ushered in huge social change that altered the fabric of society and set in motion a chain reaction. It inspired me, shook me, stirred me up and set me flying. The music filled my veins with fire, my head with realisation; it opened my eyes, made me think and poured energy through my ventricles.

I thought I’d play about with a few words. It may not be great poetry but it made me smile!

Today’s Music to keep me SssaaAAnNnNEEEe in Isolation – The Beatles Revolver

My mate Rog put up ‘Your Bird Can Sing’ and started me off. Now I’m listening to the whole album. It’s easy to sideline the Beatles these days – but it’s good to remember just how brilliant they were! They led the way!

Poetry – John


The vibe died.

Peace had no chance.

We lacked the imagination.

War was over,

If we wanted

But we preferred stagnation.

We cold turkeyed

On jealousy and greed

Playing mind games instead of love.

We had nine dreams

All across the universe

With missiles from above.

Instead of starting over

Wanting some truth

We put ourselves in isolation.

It’s time to break out,

Get out of the bag –

For instant karma across the nation.

Opher – 9.10.2020

It was John’s birthday today. He would have been eighty. Half his life he never had. The Beatles getting back together – we were deprived of.

He and Yoko decided to use his fame and her performance art to promote peace.

They used whatever means they could, bags, beds, acorns, to convince world leaders that there were better ways. War was bad.

This was as the Vietnam War was still raging.

They were scorned, pilloried and abused, hounded and pressured, threatened and despised.

I think it drove him to drink and out of music for a while.

Yes, he became fey and affected, but he was a force for moral good and someone who tried.

I miss him.