Long and Winding Road a Life Journey.

The smallest of rills

Rage on toward the future

And the beat of hearts.

(For my Haiku Challenge this week.)

The Long and Winding Road being the number one hit during my birthday week in 1970 seems appropriate for many reasons, one being I love The Beatles.

But the most appropriate things are how many times I moved as a kid and the twists and turns of my life. The moves were at least 10 but there were possibly more prior to the age of five. I think there was a Carolina in there somewhere.

There are events in my past that kids shouldn’t experience. Decisions as a adult to question. But in the end you don’t want to change anything because it brings you to where you are. Changes are ahead and more winding roads, but copious amounts of sunshine and good vibrations abound.

The last number one hit for the Beatles, The Long and Winding Road was written by Paul McCartney, but as always any song written by either McCartney or John Lennon were credited to the both of them. The album, Let It Be was finished about a year before release, according to an interview with McCartney, then John Lennon called in American producer Phil Spector to tidy up some of the tracks.  Long time Beatles producer George Martin had already finished the album, but with Spector coming in, he didn’t get any of the producer credit. He is quoted as saying, “I produced the original, and what you should do is have a credit saying ‘Produced by George Martin, over-produced by Phil Spector.[1] Martin emphasized the vast difference between the normal Beatles song style as opposed to the over-produced style of Spector.

An aside here. If you watch the John & Yoko Above Us Only Sky documentary, currently on Netflix, which includes a modern day Julian Lennon as well as footage of young Julian at their country home, Tittenhurst Park, covers the making of the album Imagine. I recommend watching as you see inside what was making Lennon tick during that time as well as revealing some of his relationship with McCartney that fans have probably misunderstood. The main reason to watch is to see how Lennon seemed to almost be devoted (not quite the right word) to Spector and jump to work when the producer said time to work. It was very telling of where John Lennon had ended up as someone who depended on Yoko (who was clearly shown not to be the evil divide she was presented to be in the press) and Spector in making decisions. It’s no surprise as his career as a Beatle had been managed in almost every way.

Martin’s words about Spector’s overproducing were seemingly confirmed by McCartney’s vocal displeasure, “The album was finished a year ago, but a few months ago American record producer Phil Spector was called in by Lennon to tidy up some of the tracks. But a few weeks ago, I was sent a re-mixed version of my song ‘The Long and Winding Road’ with harps, horns, and orchestra, and a women’s choir added. No one had asked me what I thought. I couldn’t believe it.” [2] In the Wings version in 1976, (live concert video by clicking the the bold blue text) McCartney used muted horns in place of the strings in the concert tour and album Wings over America.

What’s your Birth Week Song? Click HERE to find out and maybe share in the comments. Does it fit your life at all?


Here, There, and Everywhere: The 100 Best Beatles Songs

1 Lewis, Michael; Spignesi, Stephen J. (2004) Here, There, and Everywhere: The 100 Best Beatles Songs(also known as 100 Best Beatles Songs: A Passionate Fan’s Guide) Black Dog & Leventhal. p. 42 (May 1, 2004)   ISBN 1579123694

2 Bell, Robin (2005). The History of British Rock and Roll: The Psychedelic Years 1967 – 1969 Publisher: Robin Bell (June 20, 2017) ASIN: B073HFRT1N

Paul Winter-Jazz, World Music, and flying to the moon.

Paul WinterDo you know Paul Winter?

A lot of people know him without knowing him.

You’ll know him from one of three different reasons.

The Paul Winter Sextet was a cultural ambassador to Latin America for the United States State Department. They spent 6 months performing throughout Latin America and were greatly inspired by what they heard, especially the Bossa Nova music in Brazil.

On November 19, 1962, the Paul Winter Sextet set up on the stage of the East Room of the White House. Down the hall was the President, unable to attend because of the Sino-Indian War, between China and India. It was on that day a cease-fire was declared and the air support from the US that was on the way for India was called back. Although JFK could not attend, it is said he could still hear the music.

The first ever Jazz concert at the White House occurred at the invitation of Jacqueline Kennedy in her series of Concerts for Young People by Young People and 10- to-19-year-old children of diplomats and government officials attended. It was said the First Lady could barely sit still.

“Simply wonderful. There has never been anything like it here before.” Talking to the 23-year-old jazz sextet leader from Altoona, Pa., Mrs. Kennedy said, “I think it’s so great to see you up there.”-The New York Herald Tribune, Nov. 20, 1962

Other than the obvious first for a Jazz concert, the integrated band showed a change moving through society. The band had problems while traveling in places like Miami and even Utah when the Black members of the group were not allowed to stay in the same hotels as the others. The band would then move on until they found another place to stay, if possible.

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Paul Winter and Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Paul Winter Sextet eventually became the Paul Winter Consort. If you are a fan of space, astronauts, or the Apollo program you may know it was his third album, Road, that was taken to the moon by the astronauts of Apollo 15. Two craters on the moon were named after two songs from that album, Ghost Beads and Icarus.

The song Icarus.

https://youtu.be/xbGGIBTnCXA
Icarus Crater

The Icarus Crater.

In 1971 the Paul Winter Consort struck gold in producer George Martin. The George Martin of Beatles fame. The he landmark album Icarus, which was released in 1972, which George Martin described as “the finest album I’ve ever made”

Paul Winter is one of the pioneers of what has become known as World Music. He combines music styles from around the world as well as including the sounds of nature, such as bird song.

Paul Winter

Here is the Paul Winter Sextet performing on the show Jazz Casual back in 1963, a few months after performing at the White House. The video is about 29 minutes long. Enjoy as much as you like. Visit Amazon for his music by clicking HERE.



Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling by PS Bartlett and Ronovan HesterRonovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in February 14, 2016. He shares his life through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.

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