Beatles Week – Beatles Cake

Welcome to Beatles Week and we will kick it off in style with this article covering all of the Beatles. So buckle up… We will have over a week with The Beatles. I probably wouldn’t do this with another band…but hey…It’s The Beatles. 

This entry is by Lisa from Tao-Talk. I’ve known Lisa since 2018 and the biggest George Harrison fan I’ve ever met. She is a wonderful writer with a wide knowledge of music. Lisa is a mother, grandmother, gardener, retired government worker, observer, reader, writer, cinema lover, learner, bicyclist, woman who runs with the wolves, and last but not least, a lover of music! Go visit Lisa when you can!

To me, being asked to write about The Beatles is like being asked to write about the air or the sky or water.  They are like elements of nature, so immersing and vast it is difficult to grab on to a small enough aspect to be able to articulate it in words.

Ever since Max asked me to be a part of this series it’s been clear I want the topic to be balanced between all four of them because it is all four of them mixed together like essential ingredients in a prize-winning recipe that the magic happens.

Right now I’m thinking of a delicious cake and what ingredient each of the guys would be.  Paul would for sure be the sugar.  Who else looks as dreamy as he does.  As a young girl his puppy dog eyes and chubby cheeks and innocent smile won me over.  It is his soulful melodies with Cupid’s lyrics that continue to win me over.  “She’s Leaving Home” plucks my heart strings every time.

The flour for the cake would be Ringo.  There cannot be cake without flour.  It is the foundation.  Ringo’s steady drumming gave the other three the freedom to create whatever they wanted.  They knew Ringo would have their back with the beats, and he stepped in with grace when it was time to sing, acting naturally.

John would be the salt in the cake.  His salty comments to the media come to mind.  His bold publicity stunts to call attention to important matters come to mind.  The depth of his feelings shines through in his leavening lyrics.  For example, “In My Life.”  When I think of John I think of The Bible verse Matthew 5:13:  You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its savor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  I think if any of the other three weren’t there, The Beatles would still have existed and they would have been good, but without John there would not have been the essential savor. Without John there would have been no Beatles.

Most everyone knows that George is my favorite Beatle, so you may be wondering by now what part of the cake he is.  Easy answer would be the cherry on top, but I’m not going for the easy answer.  George would be the spice in the cake, as you see, this is a spice cake.  I think of India when I think spices, and George brought an Indian influence to the group.  Also spices are subtle, and with George’s contribution, the flavor of his music and lyrics are both subtle and lasting.  One of the last ones he wrote for Patti has got to haunt her just a little.

When you mix their ingredients together with other carefully selected musicians, instruments, and producers in the right proportions and cook for just the right amount of time, you come out with the perfect cake. Add a secret ingredient for the icing and you’ve got a cake whose taste stays fresh in your memory forever.

Just like there is no view without a viewer, there is no taste without the Apple Scruffs.  Each fan of The Beatles and Their Music effectively immortalizes them and it.  I’m happy to be part of that group of individuals.  I also hope that once we’re in the afterlife, the party continues with John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

Thank you, Max, for asking me to be a part of this writing challenge.  Can’t wait to hear what others will write.

This essay first appeared on Max’ blog, PowerPop… An Eclectic Collection of Pop Culture .


Beatles – Help! ….Album

I don’t post many albums, but I wanted to go over this one. This will be the UK version of the album. The American version was a different album with the soundtrack music replacing some of the songs.

In my opinion, it was one of the most important albums the Beatles ever released. The album signaled a change with the Beatles. Rubber Soul is usually credited as the album that represented the Beatles transformation from pure a rock/pop band into something more. I’ve always seen Help! as the bridge from Beatlemania to the middle period of Rubber Soul and Revolver. With songs like You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, The Night Before, I’ve Just Seen A Face, and Ticket to Ride it was apparent that a change was coming.

Was the album as good as Rubber Soul? No, but it cleared the way for the change that was coming. In 1963 the Beatles released She Loves You…4 years later they recorded A Day In The Life. That is only 4 years…it would be like building a go-cart and 4 years later building a rocket and going to the moon. There were steps in between though and Help! was one of them. What makes the Beatles so special is they didn’t repeat themselves. They progressed with every album into a different sound and feel. It wasn’t only drugs but social issues, fame, isolation, and superior songwriting skills.

You can tell pot had some influence on this album. Most of the songs were not as fast-paced with a beat group mentality. You still had some songs that were the Beatles that everyone knew at the time. Songs like You’re Going to Lose That Girl, and the two covers Act Naturally and Dizzy Miss Lizzy. I’ve always liked You’re Going to Lose That Girl with the call and response and Ringo did an excellent job on Act Naturally.

I think the most underrated song on the album is The Night Before. If any other band did this song…it would have been a single. Other songs that I like (that were not hits) are It’s Only Love (although Lennon hated it), I’ve Just Seen A Face, I Need You, and Another Girl.

I shouldn’t rate Beatle albums because it’s hard for me to be objective about them but I would give this 5 out of 5 stars. A fun movie also if you get a chance …watch it.

Track Listing

The Night Before
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
I Need You
Another Girl
You’re Going To Lose That Girl
Ticket To Ride

Act Naturally
It’s Only Love
You Like Me Too Much
Tell Me What You See
I’ve Just Seen A Face
Dizzy Miss Lizzy