A Hard Day’s Night

Busy weekend here. Spent Saturday night at the coast where my husband and I enjoyed a great hike up to Cascade Head, just a little bit north of Lincoln City, on the Oregon coast. Later that night we went to Chinook Wind Casino and saw the Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band, who played two hours of amazingly good Beatles music.

1274437_706166856065670_2008764842_oThe hike was a new one for us and quite lovely as it takes you from the boat launch area of the Salmon River, through the woods and into lovely meadows up to Cascade Head for an elevation gain of around 1,200 feet. Here one can see lovely views of the coast and the Salmon River estuary.

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The fog began to roll in as we made our ascent.  We didn’t get a photo of it, but from on top of the mountain it looked as if the fingers of God were reaching inland from the sea. I shall not forget the beauty of that site for some time.

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After enjoying lunch at one of our favorite brew pubs, followed by a quick change of clothes we headed off to see the Fab Four.

The band played three sets of music and twice changed outfits to match the period clothing of the time. Just as the Beatles music became richer and more complex with the passing of years, the Fab Four followed suit with an incredible performance of songs that the Beatles themselves never played on tour. All the music was live but in order to be true to the complexities of Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and later recordings, they used keyboards to reproduce much of the necessary accompaniment.

The place went wild when they played A Day in the Life. It was quite remarkable to hear such an ambitious piece of studio music played live. And all very tastefully done. Each musician showed much depth in their musicianship by playing multiple instruments as needed. When “Paul” was featured on keyboards, “John” took over playing bass, and incredibly by playing a left-handed instrument right-handed!

1149646_706330366049319_18526261_oOkay, I was very impressed by their performance and also their ability to step out of character on several occasions. In a very touching tribute to John Lennon, Ron McNeil sat down quietly in front of the audience and told us how much John Lennon had meant to him, inspiring him not only to play music but to keep John’s message alive – especially his vision of someday creating a peaceful world. He then sat down at the piano and played a heartfelt rendition of Imagine. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the audience and peace signs could be seen throughout the auditorium. They truly were Fab!

Peace and Love everyone!

The Fab Four

Although I was only five at the time the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan show, I already knew who they were. That’s because my big sister was eight. Admittedly, I had no idea what the big deal was and at the time the only song I knew of theirs was She Loves You, yeah, yeah, yeah.

A black and white image of four men are standing in front of a crowd of people at the bottom of an aeroplane staircase.But by the end of 1964, my sister and I were dancing and singing to the Beatles ’65 album on my parents stereo. Yes, stereo, because my dad was an audiophile even before stereo was available. We had AR speakers, a pro turntable and reel-to-reel tape deck to fill the house with every genre of music imaginable.

In the late 60’s Dad built an amplifier/tuner from a Heathkit. Of course he preferred classical recordings like the William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to the Beatles, Monkees or even my mom’s collections that included the Broadway musical’s South Pacific, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music. But his extremely high audio standards was a benefit to us because he sampled speakers before he bought them by testing out the sound quality to the cannons in the 1812 Overture. If the stereo sounded great when those cannons boomed, imagine what the Beatles “I Feel Fine” sounded like. Of course some credit must be given to the Beatles genius record producer George Martin.

Back then, all the girls liked Paul so I liked Ringo (of course – he was the drummer). We would listen to Beatle albums endlessly and my sister to this day, has a great collection of the Beatles on vinyl. We grew up alongside all the phases of their music and of course followed the tv coverage of the Paul is dead “hearings.”

I remember crying my eyes out when in 1969 they announced their break up. How could they do that to us? 🙂

Anyway, In the late 70’s I very much enjoyed seeing Beatlemania on Broadway in spite of my expectation that I could never like a fake substitute. Geesh, “Paul” didn’t even play left-handed!

So, this summer when I found out that the Fab Four, a California-based cover band would be playing at the coast here in Oregon, my husband and I decided to buy tickets.

It’s hard to decide which Beatle tunes I want them to play, but here is my set list:

I’ll Follow the Sun

And Your Bird Can Sing

You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away

The Night Before

Rain

Tell Me Why

She Said She Said

Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite

Dear Prudence

I Will

Oh Darling

Here Comes the Sun

Two of Us

Let it Be

Any Beatles fans out there?