The Beatles

by Loren Radis

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My simple tribute to one of the greatest bands of the last century.

So! It was probably pretty obvious my first "In Honor of..." EP would be the Beatles. I can't say enough how much I love them and their music, and it can't be overstated how influential it's been on me. I might not be a musician at all if it weren't for the Beatles. The first time I ever heard anything by the Beatles was their live set before the Queen of England from the Beatles Anthology. They played "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "'Till There Was You", and "Twist and Shout", and it isstillthe most impressive live set I have ever heard.

My 12 year old brain couldn't even begin to understand how and why they were so awesome, I just knew I loved it. The Beatles weren't just incredible songwriters - they didn't even write two of the songs in that set - although they were that. They were near flawless performers, knowing how to work the crowd, whether it was a bunch of sweaty youths in an underground bar or the elite of Britain at a high class event. Their performances were so in sync, so tight, so energetic. You can tell that they've already played literally hundreds of shows together and they've gotten better with each and every one.

Anyway, the three songs I've chosen to cover in honor of the Beatles are: "Revolution", "I Should Have Known Better", and "I Will". You might notice that I've only chosen songs written by Lennon/McCartney. I only had three slots to work with and, come on, who are we kidding? If John Lennon and Paul McCartney went off on their own and George and Ringo went off on their own and both duos recorded their own music, whose do you think would be most like The Beatles'? George and Ringo were integral to the Beatles, but John and Paul were the Beatles.

The Beatles' songs were about a lot of things. Their first few dozen were about love, then they branched out into things like politics, drugs, religion, all that jazz. I feel like the core theme that resonates through nearly every song though, is love.

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released January 15, 2013

Performed by Loren Radis

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Loren Radis San Luis Obispo, California

Loren Radis is 30-ish and married his best friend in 2010. He's thankful to have the opportunity to make music in his spare time. It's something he's always been passionate about and he tries to be as honest as possible in his songwriting. He hopes you hear something you like and thanks you for listening.

"a gifted and engaging songwriter" - Glen Starkey

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