Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday 9: A Day in the Life

Crazy Sam’s Saturday 9: A Day in the Life (1967)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) According to Rolling Stone, this is the greatest Beatle song of all. What's your favorite Beatle song?
Norwegian Wood

2) "A Day in the Life" took 5 days to record. Looking back on the last five days, what did you accomplish?
Monday I goofed off and didn’t do anything.
Tuesday I volunteered for 3 hours at a free health clinic and at night I helped set up a website
Wednesday I volunteered again for 3 hours at the health clinic and then in the evening I was on a panel for a college class to talk about diversity
Thursday I goofed off again
Friday I went to a committee meeting on aging and at night I went to a board meeting for a non-profit.

3) This song is the highlight of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, the first album released after the Beatles gave up touring. Critics predicted that, when they abandoned live concerts, their creativity would wane. Obviously this wasn't the case. When has someone underestimated you?
All the time but once they know me they see that they were wrong

4) The song says our hero "woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head." How is your hair right now? Are you prepared to go out and face the world? 
My hair in on my bedpost.

5) The lyrics tell us he had to hurry to catch the bus to work. When is the last time you rode public transportation?
This spring when I took the train with a friend to see the Broadway play that won three Tony awards.

6) "A Day in the Life" was a true Lennon-McCartney collaboration. Conventional wisdom is that Paul is easy going while John was edgy. Is your temperament more Lennon or McCartney?
Paul, I am easy going, it takes an awful lot to get me going.

7) "A Day in the Life" came out five years after the Beatles replaced their drummer. Taking over for Pete Best was undoubtedly the biggest break of Ringo Starr's career. Tell us about a time when fortune smiled on you. 
When I decided to go into social work after I retired, it was the best decision I ever made.

8) It would be hard to overestimate the Beatles' impact on popular culture. Their story and music have inspired a Broadway musical, a Las Vegas show, two movies and, according to Amazon, 900+ books. What's the most recent biography you read?
Annie Leibovitz. I don’t usually read biographies but I was given hers as a present by the agency that I intern at for my masters. I love photography and it is her story about her life as a photographer.

9) The Beatles are an ongoing boon to England's tourism industry. Fans from all over the world visit Liverpool each year to see where the Beatles grew up and got their start. If you won a trip to England, tell us what you'd like to see.
Stonehenge and the Roman Baths,


  1. I bet the Annie Leibovitz is really interesting! She's worked with so many amazing people.

  2. I don't think I know about the Roman Baths in England. I will have to look that up.

  3. i really want to see stonehenge, too. i don't know anything about the roman baths, but i shall look it up right now :)

  4. I bet that Annie book was good.
    I think you are enjoying retirement :)

  5. I like it that you make time to "goof off." I think that energizes us and enables us to be more productive.