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David Briggs, Hatcher-Briggs Band: Fave Mc­Cart­ney tune? Kinda de­pends on the day, the time, the mood... I’ll go with Junk from Mc­Cart­ney, his first solo al­bum. A sim­ple-sound­ing lit­tle song with an ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful melody. You can sing along with Mc­Cart­ney’s ver­sion or check out how Elvis Costello and Anne So­phie von Ot­ter paired it with Tom Waits’s Bro­ken Bi­cy­cles (on 2001’s For the Stars). Cameron Mor­rill, pro­fes­sor, Univer­sity of Man­i­toba: The Fool on the Hill (from Mag­i­cal Mystery Tour) had strik­ingly lovely flutes and recorders and lyrics that, to a 15-year-old boy strug­gling to un­der­stand his place in the world, sounded like they could mean some­thing re­ally pro­found. I de­cided later that they prob­a­bly did not but I still love the song. Cordell Barker, an­i­ma­tor cur­rently work­ing on

I Am the Wal­rus (from Mag­i­cal Mystery Tour) is the Bea­tles tune that al­ways knocked me out. It’s so in­ten­tion­ally weird. I loved lis­ten­ing to the odd­ball col­lec­tion of words that rode so play­fully above the driv­ing rhythm. It didn’t hurt that I thought it was one of the in­fa­mous tunes that con­tained the hid­den sug­ges­tion that Paul is dead. James Hope Howard, writer/ blog­ger/pun­dit: I grew up at the out­set of that un­for­tu­nate Michael-Jack­son-owns-th­e­cat­a­logue era, when Bea­tles songs were first be­ing used to sell sneak­ers and cook­ies and travel agen­cies and what­ever else, which may skew my re­sults slightly. But Eleanor Rigby (from Re­volver) for­tu­nately es­caped un­touched, and is also quite un­touch­ably my favourite. Winnipeg city coun­cil­lor Dan Van­dal (St. Boni­face): I love Un­cle Al­bert / Admiral Halsey (from Ram) largely be­cause it brings me back to a mag­i­cal time in my life when record­ing songs di­rectly from AM ra­dio to my cas­sette recorder was my favourite thing to do. It’s a won­der­ful song with nice changes through­out. Paula Po­to­sky, ac­tor/singer cur­rently play­ing the ti­tle role in Rain­bow Stage’s I’ve al­ways loved Maybe I’m Amazed. Mu­si­cally, it’s a gem; I love the as­cend­ing, chro­matic pi­ano riffs in the verses. And the way he sings it sounds like a com­bi­na­tion of tor­ture and ec­stasy. I don’t know, but the words seem telling of how we love our kids and how they love us back through ev­ery­thing. Amaz­ing.

Howard Mand­shein, 92 CITI-

I would of­fer up Yes­ter­day — lyrics so sim­ple and poignant; uni­ver­sally ex­pe­ri­enced. “Yes­ter­day, all my trou­bles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay...” While a bit de­press­ing, it is a rev­e­la­tion to know that ev­ery­one feels like that at some point, so it be­comes In ad­di­tion to most songs on 1997’s Flam­ing Pie and the 1993 gem, Hope of De­liv­er­ance (from Above the Ground), Paul’s best tunes are nailed by Bea­tles magic in­clud­ing Lady Madonna (re­leased as a sin­gle) and Golden Slum­bers (from Abbey Road). But my fave is Penny Lane (from Mag­i­cal Mystery Tour) be­cause — well, just lis­ten again.


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