James Whetzel
Beatles Mix in the International Fountain at Seattle Center August 18-23, 2014

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Yes, it is a mix of tunes featuring those four clever dudes from Liverpool, known as The Beatles, that’s playing in the International Fountain.

Here’s the complete list of songs in the mix.

1. “Hello Goodbye”
2. “A Hard Day’s Night”
3. “Can’t Buy Me Love”
4. “Magical Mystery Tour”
5. “Across the Universe”
6. “She Said She Said”
7. “Eleanor Rigby (Instrumental Mix)”
8. “Love Me Do”
9. “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
10. “It’s All Too Much”
11. “Tomorrow Never Knows”
12. “I Should Have Known Better”
13. “Savoy Truffle”
14. “Two of Us”
15. “If I Fell”
16. “And I Love Her”
17. “Yellow Submarine”
18. “Octopus’s Garden”
19. “Help!”
20. “We Can Work it Out”
21. “And Your Bird Can Sing”
22. “Within You Without You”
23. “Strawberry Fields Forever”
24. “I’m Looking Through You”
25. “Day Tripper”
26. “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey”
27. “Drive My Car”
28. “If I Needed Someone”
29. “Eight Days A Week”
30. “She Loves You”
31. “All You Need Is Love”
32. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band”
33. “Come Together”
34. “Get Back”
35. “Polythene Pam”
36. “Here Comes the Sun”
37. “Golden Slumbers”
38. “Carry That Weight”
39. “A Day in the Life”
40. “The End”

I had two main guiding principles for this mix. The first was to pick tracks that would work well in the fountain for summer. With that in mind, I picked mostly tracks with more upbeat tempos and grooves as such things work well for summertime fountain frolic. Secondly, I wanted to make sure there was material from 1964 and before, as it is the occasion of The Beatles 1964 concert at Seattle Center that is being commemorated.

When I started working on this mix I knew I wanted to begin  with “Hello Goodbye” and end with “The End,” and I knew there were a couple super iconic Beatles tracks that had to be included, such as “All You Need Is Love,” and “A Day in The Life.” I also knew I wanted the songs with aquatic references to play in the fountain so, definitely, I knew “Yellow Submarine” and “Octopus’s Garden” had to get play.

Of course there are one or two glaring omissions, but no mix should be perfect, and all work should be completed by its deadline. (:

Here are some very nice Beatles tracks for your instant listening reference:

1) “Strawberry Fields Forever”
http://youtu.be/nehRB1FTeTo

This is still a jam! Fantastic arrangement with the horns and strings, plus great drum fills by Ringo, and cool bits of reversed percussion as well. The sound of the drums is excellent as well.

2) “Within You Without You”
http://youtu.be/ljnv3KGtcyI

Hindustani classical music in full effect! The main parts of the song are in Teen Taal, 16 Beats, with a break in Jhap Taal, 10 Beats. Tabla, sitar, dilruba, and strings rock some excellent melodies in elegant heterophony.

3) “Tomorrow Never Knows”
http://youtu.be/7xL1ffMlzKY

Great groove + cool reversed instruments + intriguing lyrics = good times.

4) “All You Need Is Love”
http://youtu.be/s-pFAFsTFTI

As it turns out you also need peace, respect and justice, but love is—without a doubt—a good place to start and also return to.

5) “A Day in the Life”
http://youtu.be/P-Q9D4dcYng

“A Day in the Life” is fantastic. ‘Nuff said.


Enjoy the music!


James Whetzel
http://www.jameswhetzel.com/

Big cycad cone and pretty leaves at #VolunteerParkConservatory #cone #coolplants #cycads

Big cycad cone and pretty leaves at #VolunteerParkConservatory #cone #coolplants #cycads

Sculpture by Susan Lowenherz, mostly marble… #sculpture #SusanLowenherz

Sculpture by Susan Lowenherz, mostly marble… #sculpture #SusanLowenherz

Sculpture by Susan Lowenherz. #Marble #Sculpture

Sculpture by Susan Lowenherz. #Marble #Sculpture

Yours truly @remedyteas April 26, 2009. #tbt Yes, even then, I knew good tea and the greatness of @subatomic Sound System. #Seattle #tea #whetzelmemories #2009

Yours truly @remedyteas April 26, 2009. #tbt Yes, even then, I knew good tea and the greatness of @subatomic Sound System. #Seattle #tea #whetzelmemories #2009

This area at the University Playground at 9th Ave & 50th used to be, believe or not, a petanc court. It was in 2006 and 2009 when I lived nearby. Now it’s just grass. I actually played petanc on it once; it was like bocce but the balls were made of metal. :-) Hence the name “petanc” from the sound of metal spheres hitting each other. I used to do tai chi in the morning at the petanc court. A morning after Halloween 2009 here is etched in my mind, but the ground itself has moved on. #ObscuredSeattle #SeattleMemories #SeattleGhosts #WhetzelMemories #WhetzelGhosts #udistrict

This area at the University Playground at 9th Ave & 50th used to be, believe or not, a petanc court. It was in 2006 and 2009 when I lived nearby. Now it’s just grass. I actually played petanc on it once; it was like bocce but the balls were made of metal. :-) Hence the name “petanc” from the sound of metal spheres hitting each other. I used to do tai chi in the morning at the petanc court. A morning after Halloween 2009 here is etched in my mind, but the ground itself has moved on. #ObscuredSeattle #SeattleMemories #SeattleGhosts #WhetzelMemories #WhetzelGhosts #udistrict

#Seattle #RightNow This is from the U-District where the old Tubs/Graffiti building used to be #UDistrict

#Seattle #RightNow This is from the U-District where the old Tubs/Graffiti building used to be #UDistrict

Talking Drum intro to Fantomfrom rhythm by Anokye Agofamma, lead drummer Yaw Amponsah. #Seattle #Music #Ghanaian #Asante #TheRoyalRoom

BTW: Skydottir Cookies rocked me like a hurricane last night. No really. #ShesCanSingLike KlausMeineButIsMuchBetterLooking #ScorpionsCoverBand #Skydottir #Cookies #Party #Rebar #GoodTimes

BTW: Skydottir Cookies rocked me like a hurricane last night. No really. #ShesCanSingLike KlausMeineButIsMuchBetterLooking #ScorpionsCoverBand #Skydottir #Cookies #Party #Rebar #GoodTimes

New Mix at Seattle Center International Fountain July 24 - August 7, 2014

There has indeed been a new mix running in the Intl. Fountain at Seattle Center. It went in on July 24th and will continue through August 7th. Here are links to seven tunes in the mix:

1) Tony Allen “Afro-Disco Beat”
https://soundcloud.com/comet/tony-allen-africa-70-afro

2) Mexican Institute of Sound “Libertad de Expresion”
http://youtu.be/5rdCWxuB5gg

3) Dick Dale “Misirlou”
http://youtu.be/ZIU0RMV_II8
BTW the version of the song that is playing in the fountain is the “single mix” not the version in the video, but who can resist a cool video of Dick Dale and the Del Tones playing in 1963? In any case here’s the single mix for you: http://youtu.be/V4eEqN4HY7Q

4) Tiny Hat Orchestra “Blank”
The 90s in Seattle were not just for the mix of metal and punk rock that came to be known as grunge but also for a novel mix of Ska, Swing and New Wave made by a band called Tiny Hat Orchestra. The album from which this instrumental tune comes “Noon at Nine” is out of print, and I couldn’t find a listening link. So below are links to two videos the band released to songs their album “Funhaus” that will help you to recognize their sound. File these under Secrets of 90s Seattle, and come to the fountain and listen for a rare NW ska instrumental…

“Jawbone” http://youtu.be/W8gPnbsy_To

“Sparky’s Dream” http://youtu.be/m2WpXjoz3BU


5) Mark Ronson “God Put a Smile on Your Face”
http://youtu.be/nSoxia4Tyic

6) The Ventures “Walk Don’t Run”
Surf-rock straight out of the Pacific Northwest! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owq7hgzna3E

7) J Dilla “Runnin’ (Instrumental)”
The beat made by Dilla for the tune by The Pharcyde.
http://youtu.be/B0c_IHOJvu0

Complete list of artists in the mix:

Mark Ronson
Quantic
Dr. Dre
Tiny Hat Orchestra
Dick Dale
Uproot Andy
The Budos Band
Vitamin String Quartet
Tommy McCook and The Skatalites
Manu Dibango
UNKLE
Dan the Automator
The Poets of Rhythm
Alexandre Desplat
Spy from Cairo
Baby Charles
The Ventures
Infinity Shred
Speedometer
Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Tony Allen
International Velvet
J Dilla
Scntfc
John Frusciante
Concept Neuf
Frente Cumbiero
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Sabrin
Herb Alpert/ Anthony Marinelli “
DJ Day
RJD2 
Mexican Institute of Sound

Best musical wishes!

James Whetzel
http://www.jameswhetzel.com/