Song Spotlight: I Want to Hold Your Hand

Hello loves!

Check out this video for the song “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” was written by Lennon and McCartney and recorded in October of 1963. It was the first Beatles record using four-track equipment.

This song was the Beatles first American number one song, on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in February of 1964. It stayed there for seven weeks before “She Loves You” replaced it. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” became the Beatles’ best-selling single worldwide.

You can check out my poylvore here!

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

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Song Spotlight: Words of Love

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Hello loves!

Today’s post is a Song Spotlight for my latest polyvore board: Words of Love.

I absolutely love this song!

This song was originally written by Buddy Holly and covered by the Beatles on the album “Beatles for Sale” in October of 1964.

Check out the Beatles version below.

Stay tuned for more posts soon!

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Photo Credits: Willie Simpson

Dear Prudence

Hey loves, my next post is a “Dear Prudence” Song Spotlight. Check out the Poylvore here. I picked bright and cheery colors for the outfits because this song makes me smile.

“Dear Prudence” was released on November 22, 1968 on “The White Album.”

Accoding to Wikipedia, the song was written for Prudence Farrow, actress Mia Farrow’s sister, who was present when the Beatles went to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Farrow became so serious about her meditation that she rarely ever came out of her cottage, so John Lennon wrote the song for her.

Wikipedia describes the song as “simple and innocent,” with “praise the beauty of nature in the lines: the sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and so are you.” This song is actually one of 17 Beatles songs that mentions the sun or sunshine.

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Check out John Lennon’s handwriting of “Dear Prudence” lyrics.

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Watch a video of this song below.

I also love this song for the scene from the movie “Across the Universe.” Watch it below.

Stay tuned for more!

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Hey Jude!

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Hello loves!

Today’s next post is a Song Spotlight for the song “Hey Jude.” Check out the Polyvore here.

“Hey Jude” was released on August 28, 1968 with “Revolution” on the B-side. The song evolved from “Hey Jules” a song Paul McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian during his parents’ divorce. (So sweet of Paul!) Lennon was separating from his wife Cynthia because of his affair with Yoko Ono.

Anyway, this song was the first single released from the Beatles’ record label Apple Records. “Hey Jude” is over seven minutes long, but every minute counts. It is the longest single to ever top British charts and stayed at number one for sixteen weeks. It also topped the American charts for nine weeks.

I just really love this ballad song – everything about it. I love the music, lyrics and message. Watch the video below.

Until next time, Beatles fans. Nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude!

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Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

All You Need is Love

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Hi loves!

Today’s Song Spotlight is for the song “All You Need is Love”! Check out the Polyvore here!

This song was first performed on “Our World” the first live global television link-up. Over 150 million people from 26 different countries watched the broadcast on June 25, 1967.

From the Beatles Anthology, Ringo Starr said, “We were big enough to command an audience of that size, and it was for love. It was for love and bloody peace. It was a fabulous time. I even get excited now when I realize that’s what it was for: peace and love, people putting flowers in guns.”

The song was then released as a single on July 7, 1967. “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” was on the B-side. “All You Need is Love” topped the UK at number one for three weeks. This song is also on the albums “Yellow Submarine” and “Magical Mystery Tour.”

According to Wikipedia, the Beatles were asked to create a message that everyone would understand.  “All You Need is Love” is a worldwide message.

The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein said, “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message. The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.”

Check out a video of “All You Need is Love” below.

Stay tuned for more Song Spotlights soon! I have to catch up on songs from all the Polyvore boards I’ve posted, haha! In the meantime, check out my fashion blog too!

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

I’m a Loser

Hi loves!

Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about my faithful Beatles fans!

My fashion blog has officially taken off! Check it out here, Styled by Just Jasmin.

Today’s Song Spotlight is “I’m a Loser” from the Beatles fourth album “Beatles for Sale” in 1964. I found a list of uncommon and underrated Beatles songs and this song was at the top of the list. I had never heard it before, but it’s pretty great! The song is about someone who messed up and lost his love. The lyrics are simple but thoughtful.

From beatlesinterviews.org here are two quotes from John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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JOHN 1980: “That’s me in my Dylan period. Part of me suspects I’m a loser, and part of me thinks I’m God almighty.” (laughs)
PAUL circa-1994: “We used to listen to alot of country and western songs and they were all about sadness and ‘I lost my truck’ so it was quite acceptable to sing ‘I’m a loser.’ You really didn’t think about it at the time, it’s only later you’d think, God! That was pretty brave of John. ‘I’m a Loser’ was very much John’s song and there may have been a dabble or two from me.”

There will be more posts coming soon!

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

 

Ticket to Ride

Hello loves!

My song spotlight for today is for “Ticket to Ride” from the “Help!” Beatles album. I already made a Polyvore for this song, so check it out here!

“Ticket to Ride” is from “Help!” recorded in February of 1965 and released in April of the same year. “Ticket to Ride” is number 17 on the Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Beatles song list. You can watch a live recording of the song below!

I found some interesting interview questions about “Ticket to Ride” on the Beatles wiki.

“That was one of the earliest heavy-metal records made. Paul’s contribution was the way Ringo played the drums.” – John Lennon, 1980

“John just didn’t take the time to explain that we sat down together and worked on that song for a full three-hour songwriting session, and at the end of it all we had all the words, we had the harmonies, and we had all the little bits.” – Paul McCartney, Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now w/Barry Miles, 1998

“I liked it, ‘cause it was slightly a new sound at the time. […] it’s pretty fuckin’ heavy for then. If you go and look in the charts for what other music people were making, and you hear it now, it doesn’t sound too bad. It doesn’t make you cringe. […] If you’d give me the eight-track now, remix it – I’ll show you what it is really, but you can hear it there. I used to like guitars. I don’t want anything else on the album, the guitars and janglin’ piano or whatever. It’s a heavy record, and the drums are heavy too. That’s why I like it.” – John Lennon, Lennon Remembers – Jann Wenner, 1970

“We are always worried with each record. With Ticket to Ride we were even more worried. There’s bound to be a time when we come in at 19 (on the charts). But this ‘number one’ business doesn’t seem to stop – great while it lasts – but now we’ll have to start all over again and people will start predicting funny things for the next one.” – George Harrison, 1965

“We sat down and wrote it together. I remember talking about Ryde but it was John’s thing. We wrote the melody together; you can hear on the record, John’s taking the melody and I’m singing harmony with it. We’d often work those out as we wrote them. Because John sang it, you might have to give him 60 per cent of it. It was pretty much a work job that turned out quite well. I think the interesting thing is the crazy ending – instead of ending like the previous verse, we changed the tempo. We picked up one of the lines, “My baby don’t care,” but completely altered the melody. We almost invented the idea of a new bit of a song on the fade-out with this song… It was quite radical at the time.” – Paul McCartney, Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now w/Barry Miles, 1998

Stay tuned for more posts coming soon!

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Strawberry Fields Forever

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Hello loves!

Today’s Song Spotlight is the psychedelic rock song “Strawberry Fields Forever”!

This song was first released in Feb. 1967 on a double A-side single with “Penny Lane”. This song was inspired by John Lennon’s childhood memory of playing in the garden of “Strawberry Field” a Salvation Army children’s home near his house in Liverpool. Lennon lived with his aunt and uncle and used to go to the garden to play with other children. His aunt didn’t like him going there, but Lennon didn’t think anything of it. He simply thought, “nothing to get hung about”.

In Liverpool at the Salvation Army children’s home, there is a red Strawberry Field Gate in honor of the Beatles. The original gates were removed to preserve their condition. But just in 2013, the replica red gates were unfortunately vandalized. Read about it here.

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“Living is easy with eyes closed

Misunderstanding all you see

It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out

It doesn’t matter much to me”

Although there is some mystery to these lyrics, there is also truth. Living with your eyes closed and being ignorant to the world is much easier than knowing the truth. But even if it is easier, that does not mean it is better.

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The Beatles also had a promotional film for this song. It was filmed in Knole Park in Sevenoaks by director, Peter Goldman.

There is a Strawberry Fields memorial in the New York City Central Park dedicated to John Lennon. This spot is definitely on my bucket list to visit when I head back to New York. Lennon was assassinated in 1980 and his wife, Yoko Ono, gave a one million endowment for the memorial.

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This song was ranked number 76 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It was number three of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Beatles Songs”.

Check out this artistic scene from the musical film “Across the Universe” with this song. Fair warning, it is a bit intense. But I love it!

In addition, I went searching and found this awesome artwork online at DeviantArt by Valisk.

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Stay tuned for a Fashion Find post about this song coming soon!

 

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Photo Credits: 45 Cats, Yelp, Weblicist, Central Park NYC and Deviant Art

Turn Peace Up

Hello loves!

So my 20th birthday was earlier this month and my mom got me an amazing gift. She introduced me to these beautiful bracelets from Alex and Ani jewelry. Alex and Ani is a collection of jewelry all handmade in America. You can read more about Alex and Ani in my Her Campus USF post here!

Anyway, my mom got me two bracelets for my birthday. One was my April birthstone and the other was called Turn Peace Up.

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The Turn Peace Up bangle represents kindness, tranquility and liberation. The website states, “A reminder to positively contribute to the world, Turn Peace Up® symbolizes the small actions that can be taken towards bettering humanity. Wear this charm to stand up for kindness and liberate the world from negativity.”

The meaning behind this bangle made me think of the peace the Beatles believed in. So I wanted to talk about a few powerful songs about peace from the Beatles.

The first is an obvious choice: “Give Peace a Chance.” This song was written by John Lennon when he was still with the Beatles. It was released as a single though, and performed with Yoko Ono. This song is from July of 1969. It soon became an anti-war anthem in America during the 70s.

The next song is “Imagine,” also by John Lennon from October of 1971. This song was the best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career. This is my favorite part of the song:

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

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The next peaceful song is “All You Need is Love.” This song is from July 1967 and credited to Lennon and McCartney. The Beatles were asked to create a song with an important message that everyone could understand. Love is all you need is the perfect, powerful message. It is definitely one of peace.

My favorite line from this song is: nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

The final song in my pick of peacefulness is “Revolution.” This song is from August 1968 and credited to Lennon and McCartney as well. “Revolution 1” and “Revolution 9” were also released later. “Revolution 1” as a single and “Revolution 9” on the “White Album.” This song was inspired by political protests. It was during the time of the Vietnam war.

Stay tuned for a future post about “Revolution” and Nike.

But when you talk about destruction

Don’t you know that you can count me out

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Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Photo Credits: Pop History Rig