Will the real Eleanor Rigby please stand up?

Since the 1966 release of The Beatles’ Revolver Paul McCartney has maintained that Eleanor Rigby was a fictional character. Contrary to fan(atic) speculation he claimed the character was derived from Eleanor Bron, his costar in Help!, and wine dealer Rigby & Sons.

Gears inside the heads’ of Beatles fans everywhere began turning when a headstone bearing the name “Eleanor Rigby” was discovered in a Liverpool cemetary where McCartney and John Lennon were known to hang out as teenagers. McCartney has recently fanned the flames of this rumour with his donation to  Sunbeams Trust music charity– a well-preserved page from a 1911 Corporation of Liverpool accounts book featuring a hand-signed entry by “E. Rigby,” a teenaged scullery maid at a Liverpool hospital.

The dates involved suggest that the signature and headstone could belong to the same woman. The artifact itself is sure to raise a lot of attention as well as a small fortune of funding for the charity. via – Gibson Lifestyle News

The Beatles’ fans are no stangers to conspiracy theories. Nutty fans have fantacized fake facts since the mid sixties, convincing themselves everything from Paul is Dead to Klaatu are the Beatles . Perhaps part of their allure, the Beatles have been the subject of hundreds of crack-pot theories. And one seemed to feed the other.

Once Beatle-maniacs had convinced themselves that Paul McCartney was dead and had been replaced by look-alike contest winner, Billy Shears, it was easy to concieve the idea that the Beatles had recorded a follow up to Revolver, lost the master tapes and didn’t want to release them once found under the name ‘The Beatles’

This rumour wasn’t helped any by the fact that for the first few years of their fame, the band Klaatu didn’t make their individual identities public.

Remembrance Day; Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day when we all take time to think about the fallen soldiers and the veterans who fought for our freedom in the first and second world wars, as well as the Korean war.

Many don’t know just what they can say on a day like this. When I don’t know what to add, I usually play a song. If someone has already said it better, let them say it.

When I think of Remembrance Day, I think of the song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ When I was in grade school all the classes would rehearse this song individually and on November 11th we would all gather in the gym and recite the lyrics off of the overhead projector as part of the memorial ceremonies. It is a quite memorable song.

It was quite a task to find a rendition of the lyrics including what guitar chords to play but I managed to track down a copy online. The chords and lyrics to Where have all the flowers gone can be found here .

There is a good list of anti-war themed songs on Wikipedia. Much better and more complete than anything I could draw up in a day.

Remembrance Day Facts

  • Remembrance Day commemorates Canadians who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.
    It is held every November 11.

  • The first Remembrance Day was conducted in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m.: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

  • From 1923 to 1931, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. Thanksgiving was also celebrated on this day.

  • In 1931, M.P. Allan Neill introduced a bill to hold Armistice Day on a fixed day – November 11. During the bill’s introduction, it was decided the word “Remembrance” would be used instead of “Armistice”. The bill passed and Remembrance Day was conducted on November 11, 1931. Thanksgiving Day was moved to October 12 that year.

  • The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to raise money for needy veterans.

Here is a list of War Monuments in Ontario , Canada. The province where I call home. Check out the North Bay monument if you want to see the one in my town.

Palm Muting

Palm muting is a common technique used in rock, punk and metal music. It is also the ultimate test of a modern distortion box. Mixes of strumming and palm muting can dramatically affect the rhythm of a song. Here is how to do it:

Align the palm of your hand with the bridge of your guitar. Rest the outer left edge of your palm slightly over the bridge and the strings and strum.

See this video for examples:

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Palm muting produces a heavier, harder hitting guitar sound, especially from lower pitched chords.  It can also give an open-close effect on the dynamic of a piece of music. In Neal Young’s “Keep On Rocking in the Free World the verses have an E chord palm-muted for four beats then D and C for two beats each. m=muted, *=let ring

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In the chorus the song opens up and Neal strums the chords giving off a louder feeling dynamic in oposition to the crisp, chopping verses.

Here is the full tab for keep on rockin’ in the free world by Neal Young.

Another example is the verse and chorus of “Dammit” by Blink 182. The chords and timing for the two parts are the same but in the verse guitarist, Tom Delonge, palm mutes the chords with quick downstrokes and in the chorus the same chords are strummed wide open. This occurs both during the vocal parts of the chorus and then again behind the main melody guitar doing the famous main intro riff for Dammit. Both parts are outlined in the guitar tabs for the song.

Remember the fifth of November

In the 2005 film, V for Vendetta, we are aquainted the old british nursery rhyme about Guy Fawkes. Fawkes is known in history for conspiring the Gunpowder Plot. A historical event in which he and several catholic conspirators tried to blow up the Houses of British Parliament.

 

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,I can think of no reasonWhy the Gunpowder TreasonShould ever be forgot.

In the John Lennon song, Remember, the first line of this old rhyme pops up in what John said was an ‘extended ab lib’ where the words just came out.  Lennon later decided it should be the culmination of the song and shortly after he utters the words an explosion is heard. No doubt a reference to the British holiday, Guy Fawkes Night. On this night children make little dolls called ‘Guys’ from crumpled newspaper stuffed into men’s clothes which are later burnt. Bonfires and fireworks are traditions of this evening and it is custom to see children asking for a ‘penny for their guy’ to raise funds for fireworks.

 

This is also where we get the word ‘guy’ which was originally a slang term for man dressed in funny clothes and later just about any male.

 

Learn to play Remember by John Lennon -

Chords [echords ]In this example of the song you can mouse over the chords for popup diagrams.

 

John Lennon’s, Remember – Lyrics

 Remember when you were young
How the hero was never hung
Always got away
Remember how the man
Used to leave you empty handed
Always, always let you down
If you ever change your mind
About leaving it all behind
Remember, remember, today
And don’t feel sorry
The way it’s gone
And don’t you worry
‘Bout what you’ve done
Remember when you were small
How people seemed so tall
Always had their way
Remember your ma and pa
Just wishing for movie stardom
Always, always playing a part
If you ever feel so sad
And the whole world is
driving you mad
Remember, remember, today
And don’t feel sorry
‘Bout the way it’s gone
And don’t you worry
‘Bout what you’ve done
o, no, remember, remember
The fifth of November.