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Hello loves!

I’m sorry I haven’t posted lately, but it has been quite a busy few days! The semester is coming to a close and with that: my classes are piling on their final assignments and exams.

To cope with this classroom overload, I’ve been listening to the Beatles Pandora radio station. Pandora is an amazing invention. It is a playlist characterized to whatever artist you want to here as well as other artists within the same genre. My Beatles Pandora station has been a mixture of the Fab Four plus a few other artists with a similar sound. This Pandora station so far has the albums Revovler, White Album and Let it be. Fine by me!

As I currently sit in the library doing work and listening to the Beatles, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. I have so much work to get done within the next few days and it doesn’t seem humanly possible to complete it all.

I’m taking a break right now to write this blog post. I just closed everything I was working on. Now I am looking at my desktop background and remembering all of the Beatles quotes I have on it. Sometimes it is necessary to take a break. I just needed this short breath and Beatles quotes to help me continue with all of my work.

My desktop background has these images and a few others. I found them on Etsy! Enjoy!

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Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Yellow Submarine Interviews

Hello loves!

So I found this amazing websites full of Beatles interviews.

It is called beatlesinterviews.org so go check it out.

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Since my last post was about “Yellow Submarine” here are some Fab Four interview answers about this song.

YELLOW SUBMARINE (Lennon/McCartney)

PAUL 1966: “It’s a happy place, that’s all. You know, it was just… We were trying to write a children’s song. That was the basic idea. And there’s nothing more to be read into it than there is in the lyrics of any children’s song.”

JOHN 1972: “Paul wrote the catchy chorus. I helped with the blunderbuss bit.”

JOHN 1980: “‘Yellow Submarine’ is Paul’s baby. Donovan helped with the lyrics. I helped with the lyrics too. We virtually made the track come alive in the studio, but based on Paul’s inspiration. Paul’s idea. Paul’s title… written for Ringo.”

PAUL 1984: “I wrote that in bed one night. As a kid’s story. And then we thought it would be good for Ringo to do.”

PAUL circa-1994: “I was laying in bed in the Asher’s garret, and there’s a nice twilight zone just as you’re drifting into sleep and as you wake from it– I always find it quite a comfortable zone. I remember thinking that a children’s song would be quite a good idea… I was thinking of it as a song for Ringo, which it eventually turned out to be, so I wrote it as not too rangey in the vocal. I just made up a little tune in my head, then started making a story– sort of an ancient mariner, telling the young kids where he’d lived. It was pretty much my song as I recall… I think John helped out. The lyrics got more and more obscure as it goes on, but the chorus, melody and verses are mine.”

GEORGE 1999: “Paul came up with the concept of ‘Yellow Submarine.’ All I know is just that every time we’d all get around the piano with guitars and start listening to it and arranging it into a record, we’d all fool about. As I said, John’s doing the voice that sounds like someone talking down a tube or ship’s funnel as they do in the merchant marine. (laughs) And on the final track there’s actually that very small party happening! As I seem to remember, there’s a few screams and what sounds like small crowd noises in the background.”

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Photo Credits: The Second Disc

Yellow Submarine

Hello loves! So I made another Polyvore board, this one inspired by the song “Yellow Submarine”. This song is from the album Revolver in 1966. Paul McCartney wrote the song and Ringo Starr was the lead vocalist. This song was number one on every major British chart for four weeks straight and stayed on the charts for 13 weeks total. “Yellow Submarine” is one of the most successful Beatles songs.

“In the town where I was born

Lived a man who sailed the sea

And he told us of his life

In the land of submarines.”

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This outfit is perfect for the spring time. I paired a soft yellow blazer with a white lace bustier and boyfriend jeans. I added a large statement necklace with a pop of bright blue to compliment the yellow. I always pair simple pearl earrings or studs with a large statement necklace. To complete the look, I included other minimal accessories, cat eye sunglasses and nude sandals.

“So we sailed up to the sun

Till we found the sea of green

And we lived beneath the waves

In our yellow submarine.”

Whenever I hear this song, I can’t help but smile and sing along. I visualize all of my beach experiences: a clear cerulean with not a cloud in sight. The warm sun on my face that makes me close my eyes and grin at God’s creation of this Earth. The soft sand by the cool water and crunchy sand closer to the boardwalk. The salty air and sunscreen smell of spring time and summer in Florida. I think of home with this song, even though I don’t live in a yellow submarine.

“As we live a life of ease

Everyone of us has all we need

Sky of blue and sea of green

In our yellow submarine.”

I put one of my all-time favorite pictures of the Beatles in the bottom left corner. I also added cartoon graphics of the Beatles as well as a yellow submarine! This Polyvore board was so much fun to make, as is every single one. I enjoy coming up with designs and outfit ideas. It is exciting to start with a blank screen and create something as magical as yellow submarine-inspired outfit. I hope you enjoyed this Fashion Find post and look forward to more.

 

Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Song Spotlight: Eleanor Rigby

“Eleanor Rigby” is on the 1966 album “Revolver” and also on a double A-side single with “Yellow Submarine”. It was written and credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but the entire band worked on it together.

This song was during the Beatles transformation. They moved from just rock and roll music to experimentation with different genres. Although a few other songs by the Beatles can be deemed similar, “Eleanor Rigby” is unique. The lyrics and music of this song were unlike other popular music songs at the time.

“All the lonely people

Where do they all come from?

All the lonely people

Where do they all belong?”

This song was about loneliness, proving the Beatles had a wide range beyond just traditional rock. The song featured violins, cellos and violas created on a score composed by George Martin. Paul McCartney created the melody on his piano.

The original name of the woman in the song was going to be Miss Daisy Hawkins, but Eleanor Rigby was picked instead. McCartney explained in 1984 that he was looking for a name that sounded natural.

“Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been

Lives in a dream

Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door

Who is it for?”

“Eleanor Rigby” stayed at number one on the British pop charts for four weeks straight. It won the Grammy for Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance, Male or Female for McCartney in 1966. “Eleanor Rigby” also was featured in the “Yellow Submarine” 1968 animated film.

Even though the lyrics are somber, this is one of my favorite songs. I enjoy most of the songs by the Beatles, but a few of them stand out for me. I like the blunt and painfully honest explanation of loneliness in “Eleanor Rigby”.

I find it interested how all of the people are lonely, but they really don’t have to be. When I hear “All the lonely people” I think of an episode of “That 70’s Show”. The character Jackie likes Hyde and she says, “Well I noticed that you’re alone a lot and I’m alone a lot, so let’s be alone together.”

The song mentioned how both Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie are alone in their own way. Eleanor Rigby attends a church after a wedding is over. She waits by the window for someone, but no one is there. Father McKenzie writes sermons that no one will hear. He darns his socks at night by himself. They are both separately alone. When they come together in the end, it’s already too late.

“Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name

Nobody came

Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave

No one was saved.”

 

Check out the rest of these interviews from beatlesinterviews.org

ELEANOR RIGBY

(Lennon/McCartney)

PAUL 1966: “I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it. The first few bars just came to me, and I got this name in my head… Daisy Hawkins picks up the rice in the church. I don’t know why. I couldn’t think of much more so I put it away for a day. Then the name Father McCartney came to me, and all the lonely people. But I thought that people would think it was supposed to be about my Dad sitting knitting his socks. Dad’s a happy lad. So I went through the telephone book and I got the name McKenzie. I was in Bristol when I decided Daisy Hawkins wasn’t a good name. I walked ’round looking at the shops, and I saw the name Rigby. Then I took the song down to John’s house in Weybridge. We sat around, laughing, got stoned and finished it off.”

JOHN 1980: “Paul’s baby, and I helped with the education of the child… The violin backing was Paul’s idea. Jane Asher had turned him on to Vivaldi, and it was very good.”

PAUL 1984: “I got the name Rigby from a shop in Bristol. I was wandering round Bristol one day and saw a shop called Rigby. And I think Eleanor was from Eleanor Bron, the actress we worked with in the film ‘Help!’ But I just liked the name. I was looking for a name that sounded natural. Eleanor Rigby sounded natural.”

 

Also, check out this statue of Eleanor Rigby located in Liverpool.

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Peace and love. Let it be.

– Jasmin ☼

Photo Credits: Rap361

Welcome!

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Hello, my name is Jasmin Lankford! I’m a sophomore at the University of South Florida majoring in mass communications with a minor in creative writing. My sequence of mass communications is journalism-magazine. I chose magazine mainly because I love to write about fun and interesting topics. From a young age, I have enjoyed writing short stories and poems. Over the years, my passion for writing has grown from something fun to do into my dream career. I aspire to write for a magazine or newspaper and also publish a bestselling fiction book.

For this blog, I decided to write about my favorite band, The Beatles. Many people don’t care for so-called old music, but the Beatles are timeless. I will discuss some of my favorite Beatles songs, famous moments in their history and more! But before I get there, I would like to give some background on the title of my blog.

Let It Be The Beatles

I created this title based off of my favorite song, “Let It Be.” This song was first released as a single in March of 1970 and again on their twelfth and final studio album “Let It Be” in May of the same year. “Let It Be” was written and sung by Paul McCartney. I love the whole song, but I especially love the lyrics: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”

When asked about the meaning behind the lyrics, McCartney always answered by telling his fans to interpret the song in their own way. While many interpreted those words as a biblical reference, it is not. McCartney wrote this song about his mother, Mary, who died of cancer when he was fourteen. She is the inspiration behind the lyrics and the song in general.

“Let It Be” is soft and sad yet heart-felt and hopeful. It makes me think of my mom and what she always tells me when I’m going through something: I can always count on God for the answer. She tells me not to over-think or worry too much; just give it to God. In her own way, she is simply saying, “Let it be.”

Thanks for stopping by to read my first post and I hope you come back for more! I’ll sign off now with some more lyrics that inspired the topic of this blog.

“And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me. Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.”

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– Jasmin ☼

Photo Credits: beatles.wikia.com