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.
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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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