Roll Over Beethoven – Ace of Wands

Roll Over Beethoven – Ace of Wands (Berry) With the Beatles, 1963 John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” It’s not a stretch to say that the legendary Berry was the single most influential artist in rock’s early years, appearing on a…

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Sexy Sadie – 7 of Swords

Sexy Sadie – 7 of Swords (Lennon/McCartney) The Beatles (White Album), 1968 John Lennon and his bandmates wrote dozens of songs while on spiritual retreat in India during early-1968. “Sexy Sadie” was the last. The song was written by John as he stewed in resentment toward the Maharishi while waiting to leave the compound. A…

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I’ll Cry Instead – 5 of Cups

I’ll Cry Instead – 5 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) A Hard Day’s Night, 1964 How does it feel to have someone you love break up with you? You’re likely to feel some mixture of sadness and anger. That’s what we hear expressed in “I’ll Cry Instead”, a country-tinged John composition from the soundtrack to A Hard…

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All You Need is Love – 10 of Cups

All You Need is Love – 10 of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Magical Mystery Tour, 1967 During the Summer of Love, the Beatles had reached a whole new peak of fame and notoriety. Sure, they’d been world-famous pop stars for years. But in June 1967 they’d just released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. They were now…

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Do You Want to Know a Secret? – Page of Cups

Do You Want to Know a Secret? – Page of Cups (Lennon/McCartney) Please Please Me, 1963 “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” was written by John, shortly after getting married to Cynthia. He soon recognized the simple melody was well-suited for George’s vocal range. John said later that the idea for the song came…

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Because – The Star

Because – The Star (Lennon/McCartney) Abbey Road, 1969 Listening to “Because” feels like being transported to an otherworldly, mystical dimension. The sound of the song is simultaneously quiet and big. The minimal lyrics seem to say so much with so few words. It’s as if we’ve transported to the astral plane. We’re invited to join…

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