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Category: The Beatles

Say Never

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I never planned

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To add

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Paul is dead

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To the conspiracies

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Swimming in my head.

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But as they say

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Never say never.

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Nothing Is Real… Strawberry Fields Forever

as a boy

John Lennon & the gates of

Strawberry Field

Where he played

As a young boy…

gate

(and still)

Nothing is real…

Strawberry Fields Forever.

gate

Every year at this time

The hole

Where the spark of you

Was,

…it must be high or low,

Appearing

Like a cosmic holograph,

Zooming into view,

A thumbprint,

Touching &

Sailing into the sound

Of all that is

Going down.

Rockabilly blues overlap into

A new dimension

&

You, again, deliver us into…

gate

(and still)

Nothing is real…

Strawberry Fields Forever.

gate

Steering through,

Beyond,

 Ornately fashioned

Gates of Perception…

Ah, Irish John of England,

Blake, Luddites and

Nell Gwyn,

Entering that space

Within your self,

Where

In your absence

 You can always be.

Let me take you

down…

Cause I’m going to…

gate

(and still)

Nothing is real…

Strawberry Fields Forever.

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Lyrics to Strawberry Fields Forever: http://letras.com/the-beatles/186/

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles video: http://vimeo.com/75657441

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I had a friend in high school who would wear all black clothing, as well as sunglasses, walk beneath a black umbrella no matter the weather, and hitchhike at night. He laughed that he wanted to make people wonder whether they had actually seen somebody or not. We thumbed a ride a couple miles to a diner past the edge of town, with small jukeboxes on the counter, spending all our spare change playing Strawberry Fields Forever. He was, of course, in black, the small town atmosphere verging on confrontational, and the music, even though coming from tiny speakers, aiming rays of otherworldly colours and sensations into one’s mind. This song has never ceased to touch my sense of what might be mystical. I know I am not alone in missing John Lennon terribly.

as a boy

50th Anniversary of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

do this

The

black and white

television

flickers

reconfiguring

now

*

Flowers blooming

with

signs & symbols

reconfigure

a

flickering

*

My father

 on the sofa

refolding

the creased and worn

 shaking his head

new double

Step forward

sideways & back

in

physical education class

repeating the Fox Trot

with L

again Jingle Bell Rock

she quivers and laughs

flat feet she offers

we were rocking

no reason

to watch the clock

*

my friend

fingers aglow

 his urgent hand

Introducing The Beatles

I was torn

in steam the flowers were worn

*

C & L 

 exhaling

into the frosted black air

cloaking almost touching

one another

oceans of diamonds

rolling overhead

*

I couldn’t make out every word

the album cradled like an

illuminated manuscript

under his arm

*

My gloved finger

drawing in white snow

uncovering the dark metal

of a late model sedan

*

I Want to Hold Your Hand

roll on John

A dinner party ceremony for

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 

*

Cellophane flowers

dissolving

in crystal glasses

*

Comets curving

free fall

a sign

*

B, D & R asleep already

I walk beneath

into

awakening sparrow song

 tiny electric sitars flitter

through branches green & brown

*

Translucent animals bounding leap

*

The solstice pulsing in waves

a pushing tide

subsides

*

I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in

to stop my mind from wandering 

years later

Aluminum & ink folio

jukebox affixed to the counter

Strawberry Fields Forever

*

T dressed in black

opening a black umbrella

hitchhiking after dark

*

Living is easy with eyes closed…

cometo

What a trip to travel

through space & time emotionally and imagistically

enhanced

by these Liverpool musician/storyteller

icons of the cultural landscape

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Introducing The Beatles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFWXBn2d1d8

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Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itcMLwMEeMQ

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYRSgbDw7xA

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Strawberry Fields Forever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nehRB1FTeTo

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I Want to Hold Your Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipADNlW7yBM

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Photo credit: CBS photo archives – Comet:  Visoki Decani Monastery, Metohia, Yugoslavia, 1330 (approx)

I do not own the copyright to these works have simply reconfigured for non commercial purposes of commentary

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Revolution 9 by The Beatles

9b

0:00 – 0:56

9g

0:56 – 1:12

9c

1:12 – 2:10

9a

2:10 – 3:06

9x copy

3:06 – 4:02

9r

4:02 – 4:58

9xy

4:58 – 5:54

9v

5:54 – 6:50

9u

6:50 – 7:46

violet

7:46 – 8:23

9detail 9

9detailc

9detaili

9detaili

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You can silently enjoy

the Beatle’s sound collage

Revolution 9

by  following the time code

between images

above

(a Dada/Fluxus action)

or

this link

to

the full

eight minutes +

of inspired mayhem

on their White Album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJeqOoc4HmI

Amazingly

within five years

The Beatles traveled artistically

and sonically

from I Want to Hold Your Hand

to

Dada / surreal poetry

and a psychedelia infused with literary and cinematic

overtones.

As 2014 begins

you may find yourself

beginning or ending

travel

into or out of

cyclical spheres.

Like

a comet.

Like

comet #9.

I don't know

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