Bug music

Climb in the back with your head in the clouds and you’re gone.

Blogging is like riding a bike. You don’t forget how to do it, even after an extended break, but the longer you give it a miss, the less inclined you are to get back after it.

Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, there’s been plenty of bad noise out there lately, and I’ve had to direct a fair amount of my own in other directions, so the bloggery has suffered. Appy polly loggies, droogies.

We watched Ron Howard’s 2016 Beatles documentary on Hulu the past two evenings (made a miniseries of it, we did) and while no new ground was broken, it was a fresh reminder of how quickly the lads got tired of being The Beatles.

I can dig it, as I occasionally get tired of being me, and without nearly the amount of pressure The Beatles endured. There’s a lot less screaming when I get down to work, is what I’m saying. Unless you count the racket coming from Your ‘Umble Narrator, that is.

Anyway, today I have declared a Beatlethon. We kicked off with “Abbey Road,” followed by “Revolver,” and at the moment “Rubber Soul” is blasting out of the stereo. On deck: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” followed by “The Beatles,” a.k.a. The White Album.

We may or may not get to “Let It Be.” I may just let it be.


22 Responses to “Bug music”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Can never go wrong with the Beatles!

    We just arrived in Lynden, Washington and are set to ride into Canada tomorrow. After all the miles we rode getting here, we are ready for massive amount of treats at the Raspberry festival taking place here today!

  2. gary burnette Says:

    I somehow knew that you were a brother in musical tastes as well as in two-wheeled pursuits – Long Live the Lads from Liverpool – and Ride On, my friend!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I remember watching The Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and thinking, “These dudes will never last. Elvis is still the King.”

      I came around, obviously. Waiting for each new album was like waiting for Santa.

  3. Libby Says:

    A perfect pairing of photo – designer sky and all – and caption. Enjoy the music!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I may have to splurge on a copy of “Help!” I know I had that on vinyl once, but it’s long gone. I do have a DVD of “Hard Day’s Night.”

      Funny how I can remember lyrics from a half-century back but forget where I set down my wallet, glasses and/or car keys 10 minutes ago. Maybe not. …

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Sandy and I did the jury bit last year. I was on call from December to June, notified to report, and when I called the night before the trial was cancelled. Sandy was on from June to December. She had to report spending all day in Bisbee. Cut loose at 3PM when she was not selected. I was on a trial 3 years earlier. Domestic violence in Tombstone. Went through 3 days of court, then they cut me loose as an alternate. You are right. It is a wake up call on the justice system.
    Last time I went to the Bicycle Brothel, Ken was bringing his vast collection of vinyl to the store to sell. Let me know if you want me to look for a “Help” album on vinyl. Plan on riding there next week sometime.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Did I mention that our Bibleburg tenant’s son has become a man of property in Bisbee? He bought a place for himself, and then an artist pal got interested in the town, so he bought another to rent to him, and now he’s picked up a third.

      I always liked Bisbee. We may have to inspect the real-estate market there. I could be a stop along the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Arizona Road Adventure: “Meet the fabulous Patrick O’Grady. Gratuitous abuse and incomprehensible oddities dished out from 9 to 5 daily.”

      I need to get a turntable before I start adding to the vinyl collection (two booze boxes’ worth in a closet). Anyone got a recommendation?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Real estate in Bisbee got reasonable a few years ago, but prices have risen now. I haven’t checked prices lately; retention walls are something to watch when buying Bisbee property. They have had some minor landslides up in Texas canyon in the past 3 years or so. One took out a kitchen in a house and some rooms in the adjacent hotel.

        Ken keeps close tabs on the Bisbee business community. It’s a good bet he knows Judy and Marv’s son. There have been some big commercial transactions in the past 6 months.

  5. Carl Duellman Says:

    the beatles were so overplayed on the radio that i got sick of hearing them. i quit listening to commercial radio after the internet took over everything and now when i do hear a beatles song they sound fresh and powerful. i heard ‘twist and shout’ recently and it gave me goose bumps.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, yeah, yeah! (rimshot)

      And then there was that stretch where compilation after compilation, remix, director’s cut, etc., hit the shelves and I was all like “Enough awready. If you didn’t release this way it the first time around there was probably a good reason.”

      It was like Ridley Scott endlessly dicking around with “Blade Runner.” Give it a rest, f’chrissakes, let it heal.

      Now I can listen to the old stuff with new ears and appreciate it again.

      I quit listening to commercial radio when FM sold out to The Man and became indistinguishable from AM. It’s been NPR for me ever since.

  6. ryansubike Says:

    My daughter went through a Beetles phase about 7 years ago when she was 7, mostly due to her friend being a fan -influenced by her dad. We even had a beetles themed birthday and watched “a hard days night”, born in 64 I came a little late the first time ’round but had fun listening with my girl who had since moved on to K-Pop

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I was just shy of 10 when they made their first appearance with Ed in 1964. We were stationed at Randolph AFB, Texas. Seems a thousand years ago.

      What a year for music — The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go?”); The Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”); the Beach Boys (“I Get Around”); Roy Orbison (“Oh, Pretty Woman”); The Drifters (“Under the Boardwalk”).

      And the hits, as they say, just kept on comin’.

      Meanwhile, Jesus: Take a look at the hits from 10 years down the road. The first that doesn’t make me want to hurt someone is “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” from Gladys Knight and the Pips, at No. 34.

      Speaking of “and the Pips,” they did a couple numbers without Gladys Knight on “The Richard Pryor Show” and it was one of the funniest things I ever saw.

      • Libby Says:

        George Carlin AND Richard Pryor on The Johnny Carson Show now on the Antenna Network. One of our local mesothelioma channels. Pryor is still recovering from his burns. Johnny asks Richard if he dreams about the fire. George did a monologue including an abortion joke and then talked with Johnny. Original air date May 20, 1981.

  7. Mike Frye Says:

    The first album I ever bought was Sgt.” Pepper’s lonely hearts club band”. It was a picture disc and I still have it. Do you think that this latest Beatles history was as good as “The Beatles Anthology”?

    I first recorded all that on VHS and later dubbed that down to DVD format. I also have Ringo Starr “Vertical Man” that I got off of VH1 and “John Lennon from New York City” I think that was PBS.

    I also have the Paul McCartney from Abby Road studios. Because Paul McCartney has such a big ego he did all the stuff himself with no accompaniment other than a four track.

    the thing I really liked about the Beatles was that up until the “White Album” everything they did was positive. Even if you remember the stuff way back when, I never heard anything that would make me feel worse than when I put it on to begin with.

    I still remember my dad taking me when I was nine years old to see “Sgt. Peppers” and “Let it Be” . He was a closet Beatles fan and he would buy ‘covers’ of Beatles music because he really liked the lyrics, but being generally conservative he just could not play their actual albums.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    How I spent my Sunday morning.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I used to ride nothing but C’Dales. Man, those guys did super welding and paint work. Those frames looked like one piece carbon jobs with those sanded welds and super paint jobs.
      A long cage 105 rear derailleur would let you sport a 11-34 cassette. Then your gearing would be like mine; appropriate gearing for someone a little older than you, sir.
      Live long, heal quick, and prosper.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yow, etc. Lemme know next time you want to tackle the big hill, K, and I might go witcha. I haven’t ridden to the ski basin since we left Santa Fe in 1991 for Bibleburg.

      I was never fast on that climb, but I used to be able to make the basin in 1:08. Probably take me that long to get to Ten Thousand Waves now.

      And I was especially never fasat on that descent, which gives me The Fear, especially the bit through Hyde Park, with all the pullouts full of oblivious tourists. Ow, wow, yow, zow, etc.

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