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Nov 11, 2020

Wake up, fall out of bed, and drag a comb across your head, cause Strong Songs is finally doing an episode about The Beatles.

It's time for Kirk to tackle the fab four, and what better Beatles song to analyze than Lennon and McCartney's two-tune casserole of a closer, "A Day in the Life." Get ready for some lilting Lennon dreamscapes, some meticulous McCartney melodies,  a really big glissando, and an even bigger E chord.

Written by: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify

ALSO FEATURED:

  • "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin (1924), performed by the New York Philharmonic
  • "Yesterday" by Paul McCartney (Lennon/McCartney), 1966
  • "Strawberry Fields Forever" by John Lennon (Lennon/McCartney), 1967
  • "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" also from Sgt. Pepper's, 1967
  • The Yoko Ono/John Lennon episode of the excellent podcast You're Wrong About
  • "Mr. Blue Sky" by Jeff Lynne and ELO from Permission To Land, 1977

OUTRO SOLOIST: Steve Pardo

This episode's outro soloist is the one and only Steve Pardo. Steve is a Nashville, TN based producer, composer, and saxophonist. You can find out more at his website: https://www.stevepardo.com/

STRONG MERCH!!

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STRONG PLAYLISTS

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