It’s time for another end-of-the-work-week tour through Beatles history with Chiefs resident Fab Four historian, pitching coach Greg Booker.
This week, we delve into the 1967 psychedelic classic Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
Greg Booker: Julian, John’s son, had a crush on Lucy in elementary school. Julian Lennon met this girl named Lucy O’Donnell that was in his class. He took a fancy to her and drew a picture. He took it home to John and said, “Dad, this is Lucy in the sky with diamonds.” John said, “Wow, what a great title.”
Jason Benetti: They didn’t have to go far for inspiration, did they?
Booker: I don’t think the state of mind they were in, they needed to go very far. They were already out there.
For decades, Julian and John Lennon didn’t make public who the song was about.
It’s no surprise that a song by The Beatles would be shrouded in secrecy. Meanings behind their tunes are debated deep into the night still around the world.
Time to listen in along with Book to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Join us:
Booker: George plays the–it’s an Indian instrument–tambura. That’s the sound you hear in the background. George loved Indian stuff. To be able to incorporate that stuff…
Benetti: Doesn’t sound like a love song.
Booker: It leads you to thinking the other way. See how it picks up all of a sudden? Good harmony there. They’re so underrated in their harmony.
Benetti: Think they’re better than The Beach Boys?
Booker: I don’t know. They’re super too. I guess I could cop out by saying they’re totally different. How do they come up with these words? Newspaper taxis up here on the shore. For him to take a drawing from his son, how do you come up with that?
Benetti: He bases it off of Lucy, but this has nothing to do with a girl. It’s got her name and it’s got diamonds.
Booker: There’s nothing in there about his son and his school girlfriend or school. He never touches on anything that would lead you to believe that it was a girl named Lucy his kid liked.
Benetti: Contrast Taxman. It’s all about the tax code.
Booker: This keeps you wondering. Keeps you guessing.
Benetti: You think they wanted that?
Booker: I think more times than not. Especially late ’60s. I mean the White Album. Who can make sense of the White Album?
Booker: Helter Skelter was a ride in England, I guess. Get to the bottom, go back to the top. But, other than that part of the song, you wouldn’t know what in the world it was.
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The Chiefs have drawn within a game of .500 for the first time since day three of the season. Here are some things you’ll like:
*Tom Leo’s game story.
*A Nats-Braves primer from Kilgore.
*Former Louisville Bat Devin Mesoraco did some damage last night.
*A photo gallery from last night’s 15-inning game in Indy.
Hope to see you at the park or have you join in on the radio tonight at 7:00. Our airtime on The Score 1260 and online at thescore1260.com is 6:45.
It’s time once again for America’s second-fastest growing sensation…..just behind that Chia Pet stuck under Niagara Falls…..
(Third) Rate the IL Hotel!!!!!!
Now here’s your host….the man whose fire escape plans are always affixed to the back of his door…..Jason Benetti!!!
Thank you, thank you. Boy is it a lovely day to rate a hotel. If you’ve just joined us on our program, it’s easy to catch up. We take the most recent hotel the Syracuse Chiefs have stayed in, flesh out three positives and three negatives, and assign a mostly arbitrary and somewhat meaningless score to it from 1 to 100. This week, our challenger is the Park Inn Toledo. If you’re in town for a Mud Hens game, the Park Inn is easy to find. It’s the one overlooking left-center field. Onward and upward:
1) Bears on my pillow. When Kevin and I walked into the hotel room, we found these:
Nothing is more refreshing after an eight-hour bus ride than a quick sugar fix by way of gummi bears. Even better, there were more sweet little creatures left on the bed the second day. I’m interested, though, in how the Park Inn people and the Haribo people came to this relationship. Was the gummi bear company soliciting hotels where it could place its product? Or did the Park Inn people cold-call candy-makers in an effort to make its customers happier? “Alright, Sno-Caps. There’s no way this is gonna work. I’m texting Junior Mints.”
2) Fair is fowl. The Park Inn Toledo is renowned in some circles for its ducks. In most rooms, a plastic-sealed rubber duck sits and waits for the next entrant. While there really is not much practical value to a rubber duck, it is a rather quaint and cute addition. Plus, sometimes the little quacker’s investigative power saves the day….
3) Location. As mentioned, the Park Inn is located less than two blocks from Fifth Third Field, the Hens’ gameday home. This is fantastic news, especially when the team you’re watching plays back-to-back games at 10:30 in the morning. The hotel is so close that Chiefs manager Tony Beasley–whose room faced the park–said he was going to do something recognizable with his drapes before he left one day so he could recognize his room from in the dugout.
1) ….in five minutes or less, or your room is free. The Park Inn’s rooms are rather normal for a hotel. There’s a bathroom, two beds, a desk near the window and assorted furniture (usually a pair of chairs arranged in a corner in an L-shape). There’s also a tall wooden TV cabinet. When, Kevin and I entered our room early Saturday morning, I was struck by the faint odor of stagnation/cigarettes in the room. We decided that the smell was inconclusive for smoke, so we decided to keep the room. Kevin immediately went for the rubber duck. After opening it, he placed it on top of the TV stand. The duck’s eyes were shocked to find this:
The Park Inn Toledo’s room service is so good, it gets your pizza through the door days before you arrive. Plus, to keep you sharp during your stay, they hide the pizza somewhere in the room to allow you to stimulate your mind. That’s customer appreciation.
2) Don’t go away. After the 2 P.M. game Sunday, the dinner search was on in downtown Toledo. So, I asked a gentleman at the front desk for a recommendation of a restaurant at which to eat. His first suggestion was the hotel sports bar. This establishment was in view from where we were talking. If I wanted to go there, I’d have taken 30 steps. That’s like Columbus asking the Queen what she wanted colonized and having her respond, “Madrid.”
3) Scents and sentries. Here’s a look at the area around the lobby’s elevator bank at the Park Inn:
Well hello, Genghis Khan. Didn’t realize you’d be here. If you can make it past the stone guards and get into the elevator, it’s fun to play “perfume or no perfume” before stepping inside. That’s where you guess if an over-atomized member of the housekeeping staff has recently been inside the capsule. The only true winners are the ones who guess “no perfume” accurately.
Stay tuned for the next edition of (Third) Rate the IL Hotel!!!
Good morning……back in the saddle after a day off. Here are some links you’ll enjoy:
*Michael Morse might come back to the Nationals soon.
*Davey Johnson: “Home runs should be mistakes.”
*Chris Perez is disliked in Cleveland.
*Columbus outfielder Matt LaPorta is hurt.
*In case you missed it, our first edition of Teammates in a Glove.
The Chiefs and Clippers play at 7:00 tonight. Join us at 6:45 for the Clubhouse Show on The Score 1260 and online at thescore1260.com.
It’s time once again for America’s fastest-growing sensation…..put your hands together……no, not like that…..no…..you’re calling a time out…..that’s a dove…..OK, clap. There you go. It’s (Third) Rate the IL Hotel!!!!!!
And here’s your host….the guy whose toothpaste is always complimentary and whose compliments are always pasty……
Thank you, thank you. It’s our pleasure to bring you the best in International League lodging on (Third) Rate the IL Hotel. If you’ve just joined us for the game, what happens is this: we give you three pros and three cons of the latest hotel the Syracuse Chiefs have stayed in. Then, we arbitrarily and randomly issue a score between 0 and 100.
Today’s subject: The Hyatt Downtown Columbus!
A 20-floored beast, the Hyatt is the nexus of convention center activity in the capital of Ohio. If you’re riding an elevator with someone and that person doesn’t have a nametag, you win a prize. Off we go:
1) Just nice. It’s a clean hotel. Hallways are neat. Modern. There are no cleanliness issues. The furniture all seems new. A few players have mentioned that the hotel is “big league.” I remember Trent Jewett, in 2010, saying that his suite was so big that he could have played football in it. This is in contrast to some hotel rooms I’ve encountered in the low minors that aren’t fit to host a game of jacks.
2) The radius of dreams. The Hyatt is more centrally-located than Omaha, Nebraska. Within an eight-minute walk: A Starbucks, Buca di Beppo, Gordon Biersch, three sports bars, Boston’s, Ted’s Montana Grill, a BD Mongolian Barbeque, Max and Erma’s and a farmer’s market. Bonanza.
3) Liquidity. In the first two days, the hotel has offered free water flavored with real: watermelons, lemons, honeydews and oranges. You ever try that? Do it right now. Take your water (I know it’s nearby unless you live inside Lawrence of Arabia) and dunk a piece of fruit in it. That’s glorious. Angels sing when fruit and water are mixed. Genius.
1) ….twice on the pipe if the answer is no. Sometimes great deficiencies are exposed with one small misstep. The first night at the Hyatt, I forgot to place the privacy placard on the door handle. So, at roughly 10:30 in the morning, one of the hotel cleaning people began rapping on the door. The dear lady’s knuckles must be rather like Fonzie’s jacket, because she knocked and knocked and knocked, all the while shouting “housekeeping!” I tried vocally to bust through the wall of knocking and screaming by saying “No, thanks!” I couldn’t. She must have knocked twelve times. Realizing she couldn’t hear me because of the noise she was creating, I marched toward the door. As I did so, she plowed into the room with her key card. What good does knocking and shouting do if you aren’t interested in the reply? Then, two days later, another maid knocked twice, said nothing and then barged in. We’ve got to have a uniform knock-and-announce rule for maids. The police have one:
Law-enforcement officers, before searching a residence, are required, 1) to announce the officers’ presence and 2) to provide residents an opportunity to open the door. 18 U.S.C. § 3109
Let’s go, hotel subcommittee. Make it happen.
2) Wired money. Like video’s relationship with the radio star, expense reports killed people without access to them. If you are a traveler to Columbus and you’re not there on official business, the Internet will cost you. $9.95 a night. If you’re a business traveler, that’s no skin off your neck. So, the hotel gets little backlash, assumedly, because corporate coffers are coughing up cash for computers. That’s an absolute cash cow. Also, what is a cash cow? Does it graze on dollar bills? Is it a macramé animal?
3) Elevators. This is a really small thing, but the elevators rumble a little when they start up. Maybe the hotel could just glance at the wiring and make sure everything’s OK.
Score: 91. Tremendous.
Next up, the Park Inn Toledo!
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The Fab Four Friday Tour is coming to take you away. Take you today. Thanks for joining us for another trip down Beatles memory lane with Chiefs resident Beatles guru (and pitching coach) Greg Booker. Each week, the former San Diego Padre carves out a sliver of Beatles history to discuss. This week……well, he can tell you.
If you remember from Episode One, Booker’s favorite Beatles song is 1 After 909. As he said in the clip up there, it was put on paper even before the group got together as The Beatles.
Booker: Because it has such great harmony in it, great bass in it, outstanding very underrated lead guitar by George in it and Ringo, I think it’s one of his better efforts too because he just keeps steady beat and keeps the rhythm on it, they used to use it as a warmup song. The early version of it was a lot slower than the one that you’ll hear on the rooftop concert which really rocks out, I think. They got so good at it, they decided they’d record it on their last album.
Benetti: After Episode One, a couple people wrote to me and said, “That’s an odd song to be Booker’s overall number one Beatles song.” Why is this number one on your list?
Booker: When I need a pick-me-up, I watch the live version of it on the rooftop concert, which was incidentally their last public thing together. It covers everything I like about the group as a group and individually. Solo parts by John–very prominent. The harmony that Paul comes in with is outstanding. The bass is second only to Paperback Writer as far as my favorite bass. Fourth, the guitar, the little riffs that George puts in there is just incredible. Billy Preston is up there on top of the roof there with them playing the organ.
Benetti: How’d they get that organ on the roof?
Booker: I don’t know how they got any of that on the roof. It was in the vicinity of the Apple conglomerate. If you get the right video of it, it shows them coming through the doors and going up on the roof and the police talking trying to get them for disturbing the peace or a noise ordinance or whatever. All the people down there–they interview a few men and ladies–they talk about how great they sound, but the police are walking around trying to figure out how to get up there. I guess they thought it was going to happen because it looked like doors were locked and everything and they had a hard time trying to get up to the roof to shoo them away. It never shows them being shooed away, but it does show some of the policemen on the roof talking to people. They quit on their own time, they quit when they wanted to quit.
Booker: Listen to that organ, awesome. Those little guitar things that George puts in there. Awesome. He just strums a couple times. I don’t know what you call that, but it’s awesome.
Benetti: It moves it.
Booker: Yeah. John’s not a great singer, but to me this is one of his best vocals with the harmony when Paul comes in. The key fits his vocal range perfectly. Billy Preston on the organ is incredible. A lot of cymbals by Ringo. You can see on the video, the cops are trying to figure out what to do.
Benetti: Did people complain?
Booker: I don’t know if people complained.
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Here are some links you’ll be enriched by:
*A feel-good night for the Clippers over the Chiefs.
*Godzilla vs Youkilis.
*Delino DeShields’ kid stole four bags yesterday.
*Terrelle Pryor, out of the shadows.
*They’re referring to Albert as “Boojols”
Chiefs and Clippers tonight at 6:35. Our airtime is 6:35 on The Score 1260 and thescore1260.com.
The Chiefs have won seven straight. Here are some other things you’ll enjoy:
*The Columbus Dispatch’s view of hot Chiefs.
*A contestant on Wheel of Fortune….uh….struggles.
*If Albert’s not hitting, someone else must be to blame.
*If only Seattle could retroactively save the Sonics.
*The story of one family remaining in a town that may not exist.
Join us at 6:20 for the Chiefs and Clippers on The Score 1260 or online at thescore1260.com.
Good morning from Columbus.
*Lindsay Kramer’s game story from the Chiefs’ sixth-straight win.
*High praise for Craig Stammen.
*Horrible news about new Nats catcher Sandy Leon.
*Bad blood already in the Dodgers’ section of La La Land.
*The Sing-Off (and other, less important shows) canceled.
Hope you can join us at 6:20 for the Chiefs and Clippers from Huntington Park.