By Donovan Day Want to get in a guaranteed great mood when you wake up in the morning? Listen to these songs by the Beatles and you'll be off to a rip-roaring start. (Notice that I've not included "Here Comes the Sun" (I think it's played out) or "Good Morning, Good Morning" (not a particularly … Continue reading Six Beatles’ songs to perk you up in the morning….
By Donovan Day Really! That's what happened. I was doing research on the Beatles for an article and began dreaming about them all the time. In this one dream, I was in the studio with them and they let me sit in and jam. Hey, it's my dream, right?! Later, we got to talking and … Continue reading My idea for this novel about the Beatles came to me in a dream…
By Donovan Day Of all the things you can write or say about the Beatles (and many have tried, yours truly included), there is one thing for sure -- they rode the zeitgeist. What's that? Well, Wikipedia describes it as the "spirit of our time" or the "spirt of the age." The Beatles exemplified the … Continue reading Best worldwide group post Beatles? How about the “Seinfeld” gang ?
By Donovan Day Here are mine. What are yours? I'm including "John" songs he wrote alone and with the Beatles. 10. I am the Walrus -- The height of John's word play and a classic, not only the song but the production by George Martin. When he first heard John play it acoustically, Martin said, … Continue reading 10 — no, make that 11 — of my favorite John Lennon songs….
I've only recently come to realize what an influence '60s songwriter Donovan Leitch was to the Beatles, perhaps to Paul more than the others. He was such a good friend and prolific songwriter that Paul at one point asked Donovan to contribute a line or two to the song "Yellow Submarine." Donovan came up with … Continue reading Donovan’s influence on the Beatles…
By Donovan Day I recently was driving through the bottom of the hand of Michigan on Route 12 when I stumbled into the town of Allen. It's billed as Michigan's antique capital. Maybe yes, maybe no -- I don't know. But as my wife delved into the vintage clothing and cookware, I began wandering the … Continue reading Want Beatles bootleg LP’s? Here’s where to go….
The Beatles were an amazing band in so many ways that it's ridiculous. But they even had a hand in the civil rights movement which is interesting in light of what's going on in our country now. While the Confederate flag continues to fly in parts of the South, it's instructive to look back at … Continue reading How did The Beatles handle racism? Easy, they refused to play….
By Paul LaRosa Cynthia Lennon actually wrote two memoirs during her lifetime, the one when John was alive and the real memoir, written after John's death and published in 2005. That's the one to read -- titled just "John." She wrote the first one in fear of legal action from John & Yoko; the second memoir … Continue reading Remembering Cynthia Lennon, the cruelty of John and the kindness of others….
Today of course the entire world knows that Brian Epstein -- the man who introduced The Beatles to the world by getting them a recording contract -- was gay but what's lesser known is that Epstein had plenty of company among his peers -- the managers of other classic rock groups. None of them was publicly … Continue reading The Beatles & top rock groups of the ’60s had gay managers…
By Donovan Day I've been doing a lot of research into The Beatles over the past two years, reading many books about 'the boys' and interviewing people who were friends back when things got cooking for them. The goal is a novel I'm working on where John, Paul, George and Ringo pop up now and … Continue reading 5 Life Lessons from The Beatles….