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Fab Four Friday: Episode Eight

It’s time for another walk down Beatles memory lane with Chiefs pitching coach Greg Booker.  If you’ve just joined us, Booker chooses a song each week and details the history and his view of the tune….

 

This week we bring you a song which is the most-covered pop song in history:  Yesterday.

 

 

Jason Benetti:  As you think about the lyrics, had it been “Scrambled Eggs”–we can’t know–I’m gonna go ahead and doubt it would have been the most-covered pop song in history if it were named after a breakfast food.

Greg Booker:  Yeah, maybe Denny’s or somebody would have taken it as their slogan, but not other artists I don’t think.

There are so many things that were done different with this song, like it’s the first time only one Beatle basically played on the recording.   The other ones are usually in there on something.  It’s Paul and his acoustic guitar.  Paul wrote it, he sang it, he played it.  On the credits, as they did everything, they still credited it to Lennon/McCartney and there was a time back when they were doing the anthology that Paul approached Yoko about changing this particular one to McCartney/Lennon but she would have none of it.

Paul and Michael Jackson did a couple songs together and something came up with Paul wanting Yesterday put on something Michael Jackson was doing.  The conversation turned to Paul explaining to Michael Jackson how important it was to own publishing rights.  Michael pulled a quick one on him and outbid him for the publishing rights to all The Beatles’ tunes.  That strained their friendship quite a bit.  This was after Paul was trying to give him a lot of advice on how important it is to own them.  At that time, Paul didn’t even own Beatles stuff and Michael Jackson bought them.  It’s kind of a shame that you have all these songs that they don’t even own the publishing rights to.

Benetti:  They’re somewhere in the Neverland Ranch.

Booker:  I guess Neverland Ranch owns ‘em.  John was very jealous with this song.  It was such a big song.  Paul did it all by himself.  When they were spatting in later years, John came out and wrote this song called “How Do You Sleep.”  It’s a bash on Paul.  One of the lines is, “The only thing you’ve done is yesterday and since you’ve gone, you’re just another day.”

Let’s listen in to the song:

Benetti:  A couple notes, all you need.

Booker:  Yep.

Benetti:  Dark lyrics.

Booker:  Yeah, it’s….he was more yesterday.  He longs for yesterday…..he wishes he was back in the past.  It does sound a little bit better than scrambled eggs, doesn’t it?

Benetti: A little more lyrical.

Booker:  His voice is just “Yesterday”….Don Henley is “Hotel California”, Paul is “Yesterday.”

 

Fab Four Friday: Episode Seven

It’s another edition of our look at The Beatles through the eyes of Chiefs pitching coach Greg Booker.  If you’d like to see previous editions of Fab Four Friday, click the little button to the right that says “Fab Four Friday.”  This week on Fab Four Friday….

Jason Benetti:  Again, the lyric and title doesn’t fall very far from the tree for them.

Greg Booker:  No, that goes right on with their thinking.  Ringo has got a lot of Yogi Berra in him or Yogi Berra’s got a lot of Ringo in him.  But, for them to take a thing like that and make a song out of it, there’s the brilliance again.

Benetti:  So this song, really, on the surface what it sounds like is what it is.

Booker: I think it talks about them working and being tired and coming home and resting.  To find out that it was written in a very strange key for a rock song–it was written in an Irish folk music key–how they get to areas they get to in music, that right there is basically what interests me, how they come up with all this kind of stuff.  To write a song off of a sentence that somebody says then put it in a key that is supposed to be known for folk music, where do they dream up this stuff?  I don’t know.  The title of the movie they were making they ended up changing the name to “A Hard Day’s Night.”  The name of the movie was going to be “Beatlemania” and they wanted John to write a song for the movie.  He, literally in a day, wrote this song after he heard Ringo say that and then they liked it so much they changed it to the name of the movie.

Interesting tidbit from the movie–Phil Collins was a young lad and he was cast as an extra school kid in one of the scenes in the movie, but that scene got cut out.

Benetti:  Was he bald and weeping?

Booker:  I don’t know, but there’s Phil Collins another pretty good musician that was an extra in this movie as a little kid.  To me, this song–I wish I could play any instrument–recording takes forever.  They recorded this song in nine takes.  Incidentally, The Beatles in their heyday only won four Grammys and one of them was for this song.  This is one that’s kinda under the radar because people, I think, associate it with the movie.

Let’s take a listen to that first chord:

Booker:  There it is.  That’s magical.

Benetti:  I’m just picturing shots of the band in concert.

Booker:  Again, the stories that their good songs tell.  They could actually be talking about leaving that recording session that night.  The whole thing is tied into a meaning here.

Benetti:  But it’s so easily brought to somebody else’s life too.

Booker:  This is in the mid-60s and I can go home after the season and tell my lovely bride I’ve been working like a dog….today, it tells a story of four working lads.

Benetti:  How about that scream right there?

Booker:  I wonder who that was.  It was probably John.  Here, listen to how it ends….it just stops.  At the ending, it gives you a little bit of the Irish folk feel.  To me, that’s a really exciting song.  If you googled the bass cover of this song, it is outstanding.

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If you have any comments, please email in to jasonbenetti@syracusesechiefs.com.  We’d love to hear from you.

(Third) Rate the IL Hotel: Indianapolis

It’s time once again for the game that’s sweeping the land as fast as a janitor who’s paid per broom-stroke…..(Third) Rate the IL Hotel!!!!  Now here’s your host, the gentleman whose elevator is always waiting in the lobby…….Jason Benetti!!!!!

Thank you Charlie O’Donnell.  It’s a pleasure to be here.  Check out your local Toys ‘R’ Us soon for (Third) Rate the IL Hotel:  the board game.  Traverse faulty Internet, find your own TV-stand pizza boxes and make it so the window can’t open in your own home.

If you’ve just joined the game, we take recent lodging that the Chiefs have stayed in, give you three positives and three negatives and (somewhat) arbitrarily assign a score between 0 and 100.

Today’s challenger is the Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis.  Located behind the NCAA Headquarters, this hotel has everything:  Flavored water, a T.G.I. Friday’s and, look over there, it’s a front desk employee who looks like Miles from Lost.

Pros:

1) The Detangler.  Quick quiz:  Which of the following is “The Detangler?”:

A) An episode of 48 Hours Mystery

B) Catwoman’s nephew

C) The conditioner at the Courtyard Indianapolis

D) A nickname given to New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz

Correct answer:

2) Courty-art deco.  The floors are deep, sanguine red.  There are black-and-white photos on the wall, sharply framed in a deep ebony outline.  There’s even one of these:

I’ve always wanted one of those.  It’s a marshmallow plant, right?

3) Under the cover of darkness.  Sometimes, the Chiefs’ travel leaves the team (and its other party members) in need of a good night’s rest.  One of the major components of good REM sleep is a lack of sunlight in the room.  In some hotels, the drapes don’t pull completely together.  This leaves a sliver of sunlight to peek through the covering.  At seven in the morning, then, the weary traveler feels as though he is being interrogated by a member of the Army Rangers with a tiny flashlight.  The Courtyard’s drapes are perfect.  They make the room feel like the inside of a trunk.

Cons:

1) Like “the kitchen’s on fire,” but worse.  Let’s preface this by saying that the T.G.I. Friday’s I’m about to reference is attached to the hotel, but is not an official part of the hotel.  So, inclusion of this negative is rather like the act of auditing a class.  It’s good to listen to, but accountability is minimal.  I walked into Friday’s looking for a meal and a place to write the previous edition of (Third) Rate the IL Hotel.  I said to the gentleman at the host stand, “table for one.”  I very quickly became persona non grata.  He asked me if I wanted to sit at the bar–standard, it seems.  My response was no.  He then yelled behind him to another waitress, “One-top.”  Thanks to Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain’s  rollicking expose on the restaurant industry, I know that means “a table for one.”  I did not hear the woman’s reaction, but I can only assume it was negative.  The man came back to me and asked for my name.  It was going to be a wait.  Charade.  They had at least a dozen empty tables, I said.  His response was that the waitstaff was “overwhelmed” right then.  Yes, overwhelmed with a lack of delight about someone taking one of their tables without a group in tow.  I was seated five minutes later.  New rule:  seat people eating alone and we, as a subset of the population, we will agree to tip well.

2) Service error.  We were over this briefly last time in Indianapolis.  The bank of elevators has a total of three in the fleet.  Two of them are regular guest elevators.  One is both a guest elevator and a service elevator.  You, as the guest, have no control over which one you get.  So, you may be forced to enter the module with this number grid:

I’d rather not ride with the linens.  It scares me when the back door opens and I can see into the laundry area.  I don’t need to know that my sheets are just one of a couple thousand sets.  Makes me feel like I’m going to contract something or other.

3) AC adapter.  Thanks in part to its ability to be cloaked in shadows, the room stays quite cold during the day while the team is at the ballpark.  It’s difficult, though, to sleep with the unit on because of the location of the vent which spews the Icelandic air.  The vent was mounted in the wall near where the window met the bed.  This leaves the sleeper to feel like he’s being breathed on by Jack Frost.  That’ll get you sick pronto.

Rating:  88.  If we find out, though, that the restaurant is owned by the hotel, the rating may fall to 23.

If you have any hotel thoughts, email jasonbenetti@syracusechiefs.com.  Look forward to hearing from you.

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