The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Day Three: A Hard Day’s Night
What is that opening chord?
A question that has haunted Beatle enthusiasts & even academics for years.
I could never quite get it right myself on the guitar…but I think I’m close on the banjo!
Top 5 reasons even non-Beatle enthusiasts can find something to like here:
5. There’s cowbell! Ringo’s a little more restrained than he was a few years later on Everybody’s Got Something to Hide…but that instant-smile-generating quarter note percussion still makes a couple of appearances here.
4. A song like And I Love Her has the beautiful contrast between minor chords & optimistic lyrics
3. The song lengths are remarkably even, varying between a minimum of 1:46 and a maximum of 2:43. To awkwardly modify a Jennifer Garner movie title, that’s pretty efficient to have 13 (tracks) going on (in) 30 (minutes).
2. If you’re a math teacher, side two (the side with the songs not featured in A Hard Day’s Night or 13 Going On 30) lends itself beautifully to lesson intros.
Can you ever have a zero in the numerator of a fraction? Any Time at All. How about the denominator? You Can’t Do That.
At the end of the note, say “remember The Things We Said Today. I’ll Be Back tomorrow if you have any questions.”
Though after some challenging lessons, I fear students may say When I Get Home, I’ll Cry Instead.
1.There are no Beatlemania fans screaming during the songs on the studio album, meaning you can actually hear the music.
And a good thing too, as many of these songs are worth screaming about.