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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 670 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

(For the record, I think that cable car analogy is weird, but that’s probably just because I live in the flattest of flatlands.  You can look down one end of Main Street and see someone waving at you from across town.)

Thanks to everyone who read and/or commented on my blog this year!  May all your blogs prosper in 2015, and may your followers be polite and numerous.

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Soundcheck

Who doesn’t love the Beatles?  Well, actually I can think of a few people I know who don’t… let me start over.

I don’t know many people who don’t love the Beatles.  (Better.)

Who are the Beatles, you ask?  You’re hilarious.  Also, you’re on this webpage so I know you know how to use the Internet.  Go look them up on Wikipedia and educate yourself quick.

…Are you back?  OK, just checking.  (If anyone is actually reading this, I’m going to be very surprised.  I’m assuming going in that this blog is just going to be me rambling to myself, which is fine.  I didn’t get as far in life as I have without going slightly mad and accepting it.)

Now I’ve been a fan of this band for quite some time – in fact when asked in social situations what band is my favorite band of all time, “The Beatles” is my go-to answer.  I admire their style evolution and genuinely enjoy all the songs of theirs that I know.  But recently I’ve been thinking about how many of their songs I don’t know.  I know a lot of their music but I’m not sure I’ve listened to every single song of theirs as I have with the other bands I love.  It’s understandable since The Beatles formed and broke up decades before I was even born, but still.  At the tail end of last year I discovered their demos and Christmas recordings, which added even more music to the catalog of Stuff I Had Not Heard Before.  Coincidentally, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ rise to prominence and first tour in America.

However, the Beatles seem less like a band and more like an institution.  They were a pop culture titan, and the idea of listening to everything I could find that they had ever recorded seemed daunting.

So my New Year’s resolution for 2014 became this – to take it slow and listen to one Beatles song every day this year (…the first 12 days of the year don’t count, shhh).  To motivate myself to do so, I started this blog.

Because I’m lazy, I’m going in alphabetical order instead of chronological order.  I think it will be interesting to skip from album to album and genre to genre, plus if you want an era-by-era run-through there are certainly more scholarly discussions you can find.  My goal here is to have fun.

So… hello.  Let’s begin!