Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Beatles - Discovering their Genius Through their Songs

The Beatles were the most successful, influential, and popular rock group of all time. This is a bold statement debated by a few; however the debate is moot and can be discounted by a review of global Newspaper, Magazine, Television and written archives of each and every day during their remarkable career.

It's also likely that the Beatles could be considered the most successful musical act/composers of all time, irrespective of any musical genre.

Reader, this is not an advertisement for the Beatles.  You absolutely don't have to consider them your "favorite" group, or even be a fan -- to learn about the importance of creativity and genius and how it might have effected or influenced your own favorite artists.

How did they achieve this huge fame and respect?  Many have written opinions, which have included:

Media exposure creating an undeniable Pop Phenomenon
Blind Luck,
Excellent management,
Birth of Television

...and on and on.  But the passage of time has proved that the answer lies ultimately in the product they produced -- their songs, and how they wrote them and recorded them.  This is what we will focus on in our blog articles.

Although it seems an "infinite"number, The Beatles recorded about 250 songs which were published on their albums and various singles.  The success of these songs has been documented on various charts (Billboard, Rolling Stone in the U.S.), airplay, album sales, and on a remarkable volume of covers by other artists. 

Of these 250 or so songs, roughly 100 can be considered "hits" and instantly recognizable classics, still played daily over the radio airwaves and satellite stations of today.  Although our blog will focus on all of these 100 songs, and perhaps (eventually) include most of the 250 or so songs, we will begin our journey with the Beatles top 20 songs.

First, it must be understood that one of the most important factors which contributed to the ultimate historical success and legacy of the Beatles - and the fact that separates them from other Pop Phenomenons" such as the Bay City Rollers, Tommy Roe, The Spice Girls, Back Street Boys, etc. and so on, is the that The Beatles wrote or composed all of their songs, including words and music - and performed these songs in the studio themselves.  

We will examine each song in 3 areas, and hopefully capture the true "Genius" of the Beatles.  These 3 areas include the following evaluations and analysis:

Inspiration (What inspired the song)
Songwriting (Melody and Lyrics)
Studio Log (What transpired in the studio and what techniques or innovations were used).

In the end, you will enjoy an introduction to what really was behind it all; the creative genius and performing excellence of the 4 young men from Liverpool, England --
The Beatles.

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