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Yesterday: A Day in the Life

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A tribute to one of the greatest yesterdays ever, these Beatles statues in Liverpool bring a tear to this old man's eye.  I hope to be able to visit them one day real soon.

A tribute to one of the greatest yesterdays ever, these Beatles statues in Liverpool bring a tear to this old man's eye. I hope to be able to visit them one day real soon.

Yesterday: A Day in the Life


Yesterday took me down to Strawberry Fields, but I couldn’t stay there forever. Still, while I was out I found myself in the midst of a day in the life that featured Donovan, Mal Evans, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Michael Nesmith, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ringo Star and an entire orchestra. It was pretty damn cool, really—a fantastic video set to an iconic Beatles tune of what looks like a party attended by lots of famous, influential folks in an era of musical and psychedelic drug experimentation...

Check it out for yourself right here:

A Day in the Life

Yadretsey is for me the seltaeb connection played slow as you can go and sometimes in reverse.

Luap saw surlaw eht, the walrus was Paul. Paul is dead, daed si luap, paul is dead, daed si luap. And so on no os dna.

Don’t ruin your needle with that. Or worse (forbid!) scratch your priceless vinyl.

The Beatles were singing the song John and Paul wrote about The Day: John went first and then Paul woke up and got out of bed to sing along. When Paul finished his part, John came back strong and carried it to the crazy, climaxing end where The Chord finally came together and echoed across the universe for close to 40 seconds. What a finish: that wham, bang, thank-you-very-much, 9-take, piano-pounding phenomenon that ended the day shortly after we determined how many holes it took to reach capacity at the Royal Albert Hall. I wonder if today it’s still in the vicinity of 4,000. Or if it’s still standing, even.

The Chord

I could never say that nothing’s going to alter my existence because the first time I heard that song, those words, those lyrics, that chord, it all changed me forever…well, maybe it wasn’t just the one song, perhaps it was instead the collection of songs—a collection of experiences called Beatles songs and albums—that changed me. From the first time I listened to a Beatles LP end-to-end I aspired to create something close to that great.

Across the Universe

I hope it’s not too late.

I’m still making that chase.

Meantime, though, I thought it was pretty cool (or at least interesting) to learn in the course of the past couple days that Beatles roadie Mal Evans was one of the three people (John and Ringo being the others) who finally resolved that mad orchestral buildup (which was Paul’s idea and what Beatles’ producer George Martin called an “orchestral orgasm”) and struck The Chord at the end of “A Day in the Life.” It was also sad to learn that he (Mal) was shot by L.A. police officers in 1976 at the far-too-young age of 40. Too many yesterdays left unlived. Not so very unlike John, I guess: 40 years old and taken away by a bullet.


Ringo’s still with us, though, the sole survivor of the trio who simultaneously slammed the ivories for that iconic dénouement. Paul is with us, too, of course, but he wasn’t there that day at the studio when John, Ringo and Mal put the finishing touches on the dub.

Yesterday I’d say those troubles seemed closer, not so very far away, really. Depending, of course, on how you define yesterday…like if when you say yesterday you mean yesteryear or in years gone by. Days gone by, long gone, far away. Those troubles were up close and personal then, now it seems as if they’re gone to stay. Kind of.

The intense pain that follows the shock and hurt of the loss is long gone, but the what-might-have-been still lives on. John was shot 40 years ago on 8 December 1980, but every time I hear “Imagine” or any of the multitude of Beatles’ songs on which he’s the lead, I think about the might-have-been. So, I guess in that way, yesterday is here to stay. Always will be.

And when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree

There will be an answer, let it be

For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see

There will be an answer, let it be

— Paul McCartney / John Lennon from “Let it Be”

Yesterday looms
As you look
Over your shoulder

And the yesterday
Is even colder

But “you have the wherewithal to be what you wanna be in the near proximity to where you are.”

That’s what Paul said, anyway. So, let’s run with that.

So enjoy this day today, no matter what yesterday to you might be…because today is the day that tomorrow’s yesterday will be.

Keep that in mind…

Jai Guru Deva.

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