“Discussing Where To Put The Little Black Dots On The Paper”

Mozart, Garcia, Beethoven, McCartney and Zappa discuss the fine art of songwriting.

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4 thoughts on ““Discussing Where To Put The Little Black Dots On The Paper””

  1. I think McCartney picked up a lot of his songwriting tips like a Sorcer’s Apprentice, but from immeasurably lesser writers than the greats, like his own father (Music Hall), John Lennon (skiffle), Sir Benjamin Britten (classical), and what he knew about second hand of rock from contemporaries like Motown, Brian Wilson, and other
    Americans he bumped into like Little Richard, Billy Preston, etc.

  2. What I could never understand is how The Beatles wrote all those songs and they couldn’t read music.
    I have a friend who’s a good guitar player and he can’t read music. One day he’s over my house showing me stuff that I couldn’t figure out. He heard it once and got it. I asked him how he did it and he said he just hears it. It’s amazing to me.

  3. Same with Bob Dylan, I’ve heard. I believe George Martin was the Beatles’ secret weapon — and he was such a devoted company man at EMI, and so humble, that he wouldn’t even take a slice of the Beatles’ publishing when it was offered to him because he believed it would have been corrupt to misuse his position… when Brian Epstein, Dick James and other highups were taking fists of money from them… The Beatles, being simple working class lads, respected these highups — but treated most of their gofers who’d been mates from school days like dogs!

    If you read between the lines of some of George Martin’s quotes, you’ll see it. He says things like “My specialty was beginnings of songs, endings, and bridges” — covering the whole song! At the same time, out of noblesse-oblige loyalty, he’ll insist the Beatles were the best songwriters in the world!

    This is all in my books — often handpicked quotes from people who were there in the studio, including the Fabs themselves. There’s a quote from George Harrison on the White Album — that’s the one where even George Martin took a three-week vacation in the middle of, he couldn’t stand them any longer — where he admits the double album judged on quality track for track could have easily been cut from 30 tracks to their usual 14! It’s a big deal for a Beatle to admit 16 of their tracks are totally superfluous and yet no one’s ever picked up on it… Because their myth is inviolate, totally taboo to attack them. Especially since John lennon became a New Yorker and a martyr — and he was just loafing with Yoko there.

  4. “Double Fantasy” wasn’t doing anything on the charts till John Lennon got shot. All of a sudden it became a great album.
    I remember the first time I heard “Starting Over.” I thought, “Is this his Buddy Holly phase.”

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