The Solo Project: Ringo Starr, Ringo

Hello, m'baby, hello, m'darlin', hello, m'ragtime gal!

“But then [producer Richard Perry] called back and said ‘Why don’t we do it in Los Angeles?’  So I said “Okay, we’ll come down to Los Angeles for a week,’ and I thought that we would just do a couple of tracks, but in a week we had eight backing tracks and we only needed two more for an album.  So we felt that we had to carry on.  The tracks were sounding good, we had four good songs, and John was in town, and so was George.  They wrote me some songs and then I didn’t want to leave Paul out, so I phoned him and we flew back to England to do Paul.  It just came about like that.”

-Ringo Starr, 1973

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The Solo Project: John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Double Fantasy

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

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Playboy: And the Beatles taught people how to swim?

John: If the Beatles or the Sixties had a message, it was to learn to swim. Period. And once you learn to swim, swim. The people who are hung up on the Beatles’ and the Sixties’ dream missed the whole point when the Beatles’ and the Sixties’ dream became the point. Carrying the Beatles’ or the Sixties’ dream around all your life is like carrying the Second World War and Glenn Miller around. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy Glenn Miller or the Beatles, but to live in that dream is the twilight zone. It’s not living now. It’s an illusion.

Playboy: Yoko, the single you and John released from your album seems to be looking toward the future.

Yoko: Yes, “Starting Over” is a song that makes me feel like crying. 

-John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Autumn 1980

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The Solo Project: Intro

Tittenhurst Park, 1969. Final photo session featuring all four Beatles.

I hope you never know, dear boy,
How much you missed.
And even when you fall in love, dear boy,
It won’t be half as good as this.

-Paul McCartney, “Dear Boy,” Ram, 1971.

The only thing you done was “Yesterday,”
And since you’ve gone it’s just “Another Day.”
Oh, how do you sleep?
Oh, how do you sleep at night?

-John Lennon, “How Do You Sleep?”, Imagine, 1971.

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