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On this day in music history: August 1, 1964 - “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it is the fifth US chart topper for the legendary rock band from Liverpool, UK. More than a month into making their debut film, and despite having recorded nearly a dozen songs for the soundtrack, John Lennon and Paul McCartney still have not come up with a song suitable for the opening title sequence of the film. Inspiration will come from an unlikely source when drummer Ringo Starr, after a particularly exhausting day of filming, will lean over a chair and state, “that was a hard day’s night, that was!”. John and Paul compose the song overnight, playing it for film producer Walter Shenson on the set the next day. Shenson and director Richard Lester like the song so much, that they will re-title the film after the song. The Beatles record the track on April 16, 1964 at Abbey Road Studios, coming up with the song’s striking opening chord played by George Harrison (Fadd9) during the session. Entering the Hot 100 at #21 on July 18, 1964, it will leap to the top of the chart two weeks later. The week “A Hard Day’s Night” hits number one on the US singles chart, The Beatles will also hold down the top spots on the Billboard Top 200 album chart as will as the number one positions on the UK album and singles charts, making them the first recording act in history to achieve this feat. The single will win The Beatles a Grammy Award (one of two they will receive that year) for Best Performance By A Vocal Group in 1965. “A Hard Day’s Night” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

4 year anniversary of seeing the Speak Now world tour live!

Four years ago today, August 2…in 2011, I saw taylorswift live in concert for the very first time. Before said concert/tour I loved her more than I could describe, ever since a girl at my then middle school performed Our Song and A Place in this World at a talent show. 

I remember begging my mom for tickets to the Fearless tour, but eventually having my heart broken since my eighth grade graduation was one night while the Fearless tour was in DC and the soon to be added second night was also not an option. 

I ALSO remember begging my mom for tickets to the speak now world tour with only a few weeks leading up to the concert. In the end I did get tickets: Verizon Center. Section 112. Row G. Seat 12. Oh, I remember. (and Out of the Woods begins playing…!) One of my older brothers, Jerry, took the metro with me into Chinatown in DC and he made sure I got into the venue safe and sound (didn’t mean to have another song title but it happened so I’ll go with the flow). I was at the concert by myself, although I did run into a few people i knew from school etc. I bought the red Speak Now tour shirt, went to the bathroom and changed into that one instead of my jonas brothers concert shirt (I don’t know why i wore it to the show-the world may never know.) Also this information is not at all important so lets move on *nervous laughter*…..

I hadn’t heard much about NEEDTOBREATHE or Hunter Hayes at this point, so i just kinda jammed-ish to Hunter, he was awesome-and to this day I have followed his music. NEEDTOBREATHE as well. 

The Speak Now prologue sparkled across the screens and I was so ready (well, kinda) for whatever was about to happen. I actually wrote out said prologue and it, along with the Fearless endnote, hangs right above my bed ‘cause those words are pure magic.

Smoke appeared and with it, the music kept building and all of a sudden-Taylor was onstage starting Sparks Fly…I took this photo (it’s the only one I can find right now) during the opening and I still love it even though it’s not the best quality-love how you see Taylor on the big screen and onstage:

To be honest, I didn’t scream. I was just so freaking happy to finally be seeing this young woman sing her songs and dance like crazy in person. Some songs she performed on the tour I have grown to love oh so very much. I loved them when the album first came out, but if you try to even talk to me about Enchanted today I could go on forever about it. While I still have never been in any sort of relationship/been on a date/been kissed, I hear whatever thoughts I ever thought about love echoed in Enchanted and so many other songs of Tay’s-except they’re brilliantly worded.

Since the Speak Now world tour, so much has happened-for you, Taylor, and for me.

The summer of the Speak Now world tour coming to DC was the summer immediately after my freshman year of high school. At the RED tour in DC I was close to finishing my junior year of high school and didn’t have braces anymore (thank god). A few weeks ago I saw the 1989 World Tour in DC, this time at Nats Park instead of Verizon Center, and I recently finished my freshman year of college and in a few weeks I’ll be heading back to Chicago to begin my sophomore year. You keep reaching new heights and blowing everyone’s minds. 

You always keep it classy but you take risks-yet you do so ever so gracefully. I hope someday I can meet you and just have the time of my life with you because you are truly such an important person in my life.

and since it’s been 4 years since I saw the Speak Now tour live, and we certainly do regret the times we don’t say ‘I love you’…..

I love you, Taylor. Always.

Love,

Isabelle

Witch Bell
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New song! New song time! “Witch Bell” is by and far the loudest song on Lilly. It’s a song that was initially supposed to be something like an improvisational drone piece. I started composing the track around layers of feedback which I subsequently drenched in reverb. After enough manipulation I realized that there was something of a groove, for lack of a better way to put it, in the song and went to town on it.

The resulting song is a loud lo-fi piece that’s built around feedback loops and carried, structurally, by cheap keyboards and an even cheaper beat. There’s actually a pop song beneath all of it that I quite like. And while I did do quite a bit of manipulation to the vocals (two dry tracks, four or so with a lot dumped on it), there is no auto tuning in the track.

I ended up liking this one a lot and it kind turned out like a big surprise. I’m especially proud of the way the beat picks up in the verses after the first chorus. Definitely use headphones but be warned that this is, as mentioned, built around feedback. I hope you don’t mind digging through some noise and drone to find a lo-fi pop song that I’m very proud of.

Lyrically, it’s mopey old me. I wont post the lyrics here but they’ll be on the bandcamp page for the song (again, if you want to download the songs there, you dont have to pay. I should mention that you’ll see the option to download the album Lilly but I should mention that it’s not the full album nor does it have the proper track listing yet so I’d suggest downloading the songs individually until I upload the whole album).

I hope you enjoy it and thanks for listening, enjoying and humoring me.

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Lyrics: (courtesy of metrolyrics.com)

Songwriters: Scott, J. / Bunetta, J. / Ryan, J.

[Harry]
I’ve got fire for a heart
I’m not scared of the dark
You’ve never seen it look so easy
I’ve got a river for a soul
And baby you’re a boat
Baby you’re my only reason

[Louis]
If I didn’t have you there would be nothing left
The shell of a man that could never be his best
If I didn’t have I’d never see the sun
You taught me how to be someone
Yeah-eah

[Liam]
All my life you stood by me
When no one else was ever behind me
All these lights, they can’t blind me
With your love nobody can drag me down

[Niall]
All my life you stood by me
When no one else was ever behind me
All these lights, they can’t blind me
With your love nobody can drag me down
[Louis]
Nobody nobody
[Harry]
Nobody can drag me down
[Louis]
Nobody nobody
[Harry]
Nobody can drag me down

[Niall]
I’ve got fire for a heart
I’m not scared of the dark
You’ve never seen it look so easy
I’ve got a river for a soul
And baby you’re a boat
Baby you’re my only reason

[Harry]
If I didn’t have you there would be nothing left
The shell of a man that could never be his best
If I didn’t have I’d never see the sun
You taught me how to be someone
Yeah-eah

[Niall]
All my life you stood by me
When no one else was ever behind me
All these lights, they can’t blind me
With your love nobody can drag me down
[Louis]
Nobody nobody
[Harry]
Nobody can drag me down
[Louis]
Nobody nobody
[Harry]
Nobody can drag me

[Liam]
All my life you stood by me
When no one else was ever behind me
All these lights, they can’t blind me
With your love nobody can drag me down

[Niall]
All my life you stood by me
When no one else was ever behind me
All these lights, they can’t blind me
With your love nobody can drag me down (nobody can drag me down)

[Louis]
Nobody nobody
[All]
Nobody can drag me down yeah
[Louis]
Nobody nobody
[All]
Nobody can drag me down-

[Louis]
Nobody nobody
[All]
Nobody can drag me down
[Louis]
Nobody nobody
[Harry]
Nobody can drag me down

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On this day in music history: August 1, 1981 - “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Rick Springfield, it is the biggest hit for the singer, songwriter, musician and actor born Richard Lewis Springthorpe. Rick will write the song after having an unrequited fascination with the girlfriend of one of his close friends. The song will provide the Australian born musician and actor with the long awaited breakthrough success he had been working toward for many years. Having begun his recording career in the early 70’s, Springfield will suffer numerous setbacks and false starts to his music career before finally becoming successful. Signing with RCA Records in 1980, he will also land the role of Dr. Noah Drake on the long running soap opera “General Hospital” shortly afterward. The track is recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA in late 1980. Producer Keith Olsen will bring guitarist Neil Giraldo from Pat Benatar’s band to play guitar and bass on the track. Released as a single in March 1981, “Jessie’s Girl” will enter the Billboard Hot 100 at #81 on March 28, 1981, making a slow ascent before reaching the top of the chart eighteen weeks later. The single will win Springfield a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male in 1982. “Jessie’s Girl” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.