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Thursday, March 11, 2004


Channel flipping on the drive home tonight, I caught the beginning of “Hey Jude” and it really hit the spot. Such wonderful arrangers, all fab 4 of them, John and George changing backing and harmony vocals from verse to verse, Ringo’s drums with his super tasty fills, Paul’s lovely voice singing that lovely melody.

And then the ecstatic transition to the joyous coda, with Paul’s rousing improvisations. Na na na na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, Hey Jude. Drive time is a good time for counting. They made it through 16 complete 4-bar “na na na” sections, each one of them different, either with a different vocal improv from Paul on top, or a different George Martin orchestral backing beneath, or both. On the 17th the song faded out.

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