October 27: "From The Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America" & "The Beatles & The Rolling Stones" in Connecticut
At the start of every tour, I feel well-rested and eager. With levels of energy and enthusiasm high at the beginning of these trips, that is when I'm most likely to write the most in-depth blogs. But at some point the grueling pace wears me down and those energy and enthusiasm levels drop noticeably.
I have the presentation skills and self-discipline to ensure that my programs remain at top-notch quality even as those level dip, but my blog certainly shows this progression. Towards the end of any given tour, my blogs typically get shorter and feature less depth.
And this current tour is no exception to that trend.
My best blogs from this trip came early:
But lately, as fatigue has taken its toll, my blogging has been noticeably shorter and less analytic. I will often write blogs several days in advance. But now I've run out of pre-written posts because the past few days I've spent my free time watching the Aliens vs. Predator series! And that's what I need - something that doesn't require much mental exertion - but it means I have nothing to write about this morning other than promoting tomorrow's gigs:
Thursday, 27 October 2016, 11:00 a.m. - noon
Seabury, 200 Seabury Dr., Bloomfield, CT
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 multimedia program will explain how and why.
NOTE: Seabury is a private institution and so this event is not open to the public.
Thursday, 27 October 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Farmington Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT
The Beatles & The Rolling Stones
Ask anybody to name two English rock bands from the 1960s and the response will likely be The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. But despite often being portrayed as rivals in the media, the two groups were actually quite friendly towards each other, both socially and musically. This 60-minute presentation will compare and contrast the two through musical examples and interviews with the band members to illustrate the relationship between The Beatles & The Rolling Stones.
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