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Elements from the Avant-garde artistic movement can be seen in songs like “Tomorrow NeverKnows” and “Yellow Submarine”, which include non-musical sounds from everyday life(musique concrete). Another major artistic movement that impacted the Beatles career was the psychedelicmovement. Experimentation with acid and other drugs gave rise to albums such as “MagicalMystery Tour”, which was inspired by Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters. The use of drugssuch as LSD is said to have had impacted songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. Question 5: Beginning with Rubber Soul (1965) the Beatles challenged themselves to writesongs that were not typical love songs, but rather character sketches and narratives. Choosethree songs from Rubber Soul and revolver and discuss how the Beatles used words andmusic to create experiences for their listeners and moved beyond the dance rhythms andlove lyrics of their earlier career. The three songs I chose on Rubber Soul are “Drive My Car”, “Norwegian Wood” and “In MyLife”. Of all the songs “Drive My Car” bears most resemblance to their previous songs, with itsrock-and-roll sound. However, even then it is different in terms of the additional instrumentsused, such as the piano and the tambourine. Norwegian wood is drastically different with the sitarintroduction to the song. This exotic, unfamiliar sound distinguishes it from others. The lyrics areobscure and include a rhyme scheme unique from their previous works. “In My Life” is anostalgic song written by Lennon about his life in Liverpool. This song includes an instrumentalverse by George Martin on the piano. Martin found that he could not play the piece at the temporequired by the song and so the solo was recorded with the tape running at half speed and thenplayed back at normal pace at a higher octave, giving it the sound of a harpsichord. Rubber Soulwas a transition period for the Beatles’ career, which reflected the effect of Bob Dylan on theirlyrics as well as experimentation with new recording techniques. The full effect of theserecording techniques can better be seen in their next album, Revolver (1966).The three songs I chose from Revolver are “Eleanor Rigby”, “Yellow Submarine” and“Tomorrow Never Knows”. Eleanor Rigby launches directly into the chorus. It involves a doublestring quartet, which mark the tempo of the song. The string instruments play in staccato givingthe song an unsettling sound. This song about isolation and depression is very startling comingfrom a band that initially gained popularity as a rock band with dance rhythms and love lyrics.Coupled with the unsettling melody, this song marked a huge changing point for the Beatles.
“Yellow Submarine” has heavy influences from musique concrete, and is full of non-musicalsounds from everyday life. Everyone at the recording session would take part in the recording ofthe song by creating the extra noises that were incorporated into the song. for example, the