The second track from Mind Games that stood out was 'Out Of The Blue'.
The opening guitar work is reminiscent of 'Julia' from The White Album.
Character: Both are intimate in both musical and lyrical character, and both are written about Yoko ('Julia' being an Oedipal blend of love for his mother, Julia Lennon, and his burgeoning love in Yoko).
Tempo: Given the intimate and emotional character, a slow tempo is appropriate for both tracks. 'Julia' clocks in at 68 beats per minute; 'Blue' at a slightly faster 72 bpm.
Finger picking patterns: The third measure of 'Blue' uses the same finger picking pattern used throughout 'Julia'. (And 'Dear Prudence', too, for that matter.) It's the technique Donovan taught Lennon in India in 1968.
Finally, 'Blue' employs homophones - two different words that are pronounced identically. John regularly used homophones in Beatles music:
The final week of October's New England tour begins tomorrow.
Sunday, 23 October 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave, Milton, MA
From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America
Many Beatles authors have cited John F. Kennedy's assassination on 22 November 1963 as a cause of the Beatles' sudden popularity in the United States in early 1964. Their logic: Kennedy's assassination made America sad, then the Beatles made America happy again. But this commonly accepted answer is overly simplistic. The real answer is that Kennedy's life and death inadvertently primed the nation for the Beatles' arrival and success. This 60-minute program will explain how and why.
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