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I was reading Tegan’s blog a couple weeks ago. She was telling this really interesting story about some friend of her who had purchase an e-book for his Kindle or Nook or whatever, and wanted to lend the book to his wife. But because the DRM restriction he was unable to. Then Tegan found for him a, let’s say, non-standard copy of the book. The act of obtaining the pirated copy may have been – OK, almost certainly was – a legal wrong, but Tegan categorized it as a moral right; I found myself agreeing with her assessment.

I know I’ve done similar things for the greater good. The only example that comes to mind involves the purchase of marijuana for a friend’s uncle who was on chemo. This was – the statue of limitations has run out, I’ll put it that way.

Which always brings me back to Dickens: Sometimes, at least, “The law is a ass.”
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Beatles Island Songs, 213-204

The rules of engagement

Links to songs included.
213 Dig It, a trifle from the Let It Be album attributed to all four Beatles.
212 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise). I like this well enough, actually – Paul puts it near the end of his live shows these days – but the intro will have to do.
211 Revolution 1 from the white album. I really LIKE the shooby doowap stuff on this Lennon variation. Sigh.
210 Wild Honey Pie, another trifle, from Paul, on the white album.
209 Octopus’s Garden, from Abbey Road. I already had this song. It was called Yellow Submarine. This is Ringo’s rewrite, complete with sea sound effects. I didn’t realize that this song bugged me so much until it showed up on the Blue 1967-1970 album. If Yellow Sub didn’t exist, this would rank much higher.
208 She’s Leaving Home from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. While I like the call and response, it’s Paul’s overly sentimental domestic dirge. And after all that drama, “FUN is the one thing money can’t buy”? Really?
207 Maggie Mae, from Let It Be. A traditional song arranged by the band, and yet another trifle.
206 Run for Your Life from Rubber Soul. John Lennon has pretty much dismissed this song for its message, which dovetails with my feelings about it, even at the time. Jaunty, though.
205 Mr. Moonlight from Beatles for Sale (UK), Beatles ’65 (US). Never enjoyed John’s vocal intro to this cover, and the rest I was indifferent to.
204 Her Majesty from Abbey Road, which I like well enough, but I’ll survive without it.

Beatles island song list

Ever have what you think is a really good concept, then you start actually DOING it, and you decide, “Well, maybe it WASN’T such a hot idea, after all”? So it is with this blogging project about the Beatles, clearly my favorite group.

The idea was to create my Beatles island song list. If I only had 10 or 20 or 50 or 100 Beatles songs available, which ones would I choose? First off, I had to find a list of all the songs that the Beatles recorded that are in the canon: the singles, albums, and EPs released between 1963 and 1970. No Star Club in Hamburg, no Tony Sheridan, no BBC or Anthology recordings. This list shows 215 songs, but lists Love Me Do twice (but not the other possibilities?) and also has Real Love, but not Free As a Bird. So I’m assuming 213 individual songs. It would be easy to just pick four songs from Revolver, four from Rubber Soul, and a couple others for my Top 10, but I tried, when I could, to be more diversified.

And let’s face it: making a list like this always depends on the mood, so that a song at 93 on this list might be 103 or 83 if I did it again. Which almost certainly WILL NOT HAPPEN. I started working on this before February. Of 2009, for the 45th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, which I am old enough to have watched in real time. Someone coming to the group after the fact would surely hear the songs differently.

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