“Penny Lane” is full of inventive twists, starting with this chord. See how Sir Paul wove it together so seamlessly. It’s a master class in composition.
Whether it’s a sly dig at a rival or just a fun way to say something naughty, these in jokes pop up on some pretty big hits.
Dick Cavett got people to talk who wouldn’t normally open up on TV. His mastery of the interview is worth revisiting.
Droning “pedal” tones may not sound musically exciting, but they play a huge role in all sorts of music: from 12th-century hymns, to Indian ragas, to The Beatles. Here are some examples.