Constituents of the Lasting Popularity ofConstituents of the Lasting Popularity of
The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever...
Today’s Musical QuestionToday’s Musical Question
"What"What preciselyprecisely accounts for the lastingaccounts for the la...
Reasons for “Strawberry Fields’”Reasons for “Strawberry Fields’”
Lasting PopularityLasting Popularity
1.1. Authorial-Autho...
Thematic Novelty: In SFF, LennonThematic Novelty: In SFF, Lennon
Wrote a
Personal,
Not a Love,
Song
John Wanted Songs to Express His:John Wanted Songs to Express His:
““Childhood memories,Childhood memories,
““Reading,Read...
Conventional Rock Lyrics =Conventional Rock Lyrics =
First Person NarrativesFirst Person Narratives
““II wanna hold your h...
Interaction: the inclusionInteraction: the inclusion
in a song of "a you"in a song of "a you"
Who is sung
about
And with w...
Production inventions in SFFProduction inventions in SFF
1.1. MellotronMellotron
2.2. Distorted VocalDistorted Vocal
3.3. ...
Music: A Communication MediumMusic: A Communication Medium
Through WhichThrough Which
““Dreams are unveiled,Dreams are unv...
"Fantastic Remembrance""Fantastic Remembrance"
in Beatles Songsin Beatles Songs
Memory can:Memory can:
be a repository of ...
A Psychoanalytic ViewA Psychoanalytic View
WWriting =riting = AAnn AAttempt tottempt to
BBridgeridge
A desire to confront ...
SFF: Mythic DiscourseSFF: Mythic Discourse
Myth defined "not as apocryphal storiesMyth defined "not as apocryphal stories
...
SFF: Mythic Discourse IISFF: Mythic Discourse II
Life & deathLife & death
Hope for wholeness & Fear of fragmentationHope f...
SFF: Mythic Discourse IIISFF: Mythic Discourse III
""Nobody seems to be asNobody seems to be as
hip as me.hip as me.
There...
SFF: Mythic Discourse IVSFF: Mythic Discourse IV
Life & deathLife & death
Hope for wholeness & Fear of fragmentationHope f...
Because SFF’s Lyrics are AboutBecause SFF’s Lyrics are About ::
1.1. ““Uncertain identity”Uncertain identity”
2.2. ““Lonel...
Verse 1: InterpretationsVerse 1: Interpretations
““It's getting hard to beIt's getting hard to be
someone but it allsomeon...
““Interaction Invention”Interaction Invention”
1.1. ““Let me take YOU down . . . ”Let me take YOU down . . . ”
2.2. Disjoi...
Production inventions in SFFProduction inventions in SFF
1.1. MellotronMellotron
2.2. Distorted VocalDistorted Vocal
3.3. ...
SFFSFF
A “dream” of things toA “dream” of things to
come,come,
A “field” of invention.A “field” of invention.
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Preseentation on the Lasting Popularity of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever"

  1. 1. Constituents of the Lasting Popularity ofConstituents of the Lasting Popularity of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever"The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" By Arnold S. Wolfe, Ph. D.Arnold S. Wolfe, Ph. D. Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University
  2. 2. Today’s Musical QuestionToday’s Musical Question "What"What preciselyprecisely accounts for the lastingaccounts for the lasting appeal of an enduringly popular song-appeal of an enduringly popular song- recording?"recording?"
  3. 3. Reasons for “Strawberry Fields’”Reasons for “Strawberry Fields’” Lasting PopularityLasting Popularity 1.1. Authorial-Authorial- Lennon wrote, Beatles performedLennon wrote, Beatles performed 2.2. InventiveInventive A.A. Novel lyricsNovel lyrics B.B. Their “interaction”Their “interaction” C.C. Production innovationsProduction innovations
  4. 4. Thematic Novelty: In SFF, LennonThematic Novelty: In SFF, Lennon Wrote a Personal, Not a Love, Song
  5. 5. John Wanted Songs to Express His:John Wanted Songs to Express His: ““Childhood memories,Childhood memories, ““Reading,Reading, ““Love of words,Love of words, ““Frailties”Frailties”
  6. 6. Conventional Rock Lyrics =Conventional Rock Lyrics = First Person NarrativesFirst Person Narratives ““II wanna hold your hand”wanna hold your hand” ““II saw her standing there”saw her standing there” ““II need you”need you” ““II should have known better”should have known better” "Love, love"Love, love meme do/You knowdo/You know II love you”love you”
  7. 7. Interaction: the inclusionInteraction: the inclusion in a song of "a you"in a song of "a you" Who is sung about And with whom the song narrator "interacts." Whose presence is invoked by the song narrator
  8. 8. Production inventions in SFFProduction inventions in SFF 1.1. MellotronMellotron 2.2. Distorted VocalDistorted Vocal 3.3. Orchestral Accompaniment in aOrchestral Accompaniment in a Lennon SongLennon Song
  9. 9. Music: A Communication MediumMusic: A Communication Medium Through WhichThrough Which ““Dreams are unveiled,Dreams are unveiled, Souls exorcised,Souls exorcised, Tensions channeled,Tensions channeled, Strength realized.”Strength realized.”
  10. 10. "Fantastic Remembrance""Fantastic Remembrance" in Beatles Songsin Beatles Songs Memory can:Memory can: be a repository of painbe a repository of pain recast the past in arecast the past in a rosy tonerosy tone
  11. 11. A Psychoanalytic ViewA Psychoanalytic View WWriting =riting = AAnn AAttempt tottempt to BBridgeridge A desire to confront &A desire to confront & A desire to deferA desire to defer Now & thenNow & then "Hard[ness]" & "eas[e]""Hard[ness]" & "eas[e]" "High" & "low”"High" & "low” "Always" and "sometimes”"Always" and "sometimes” To "think" and to "know”To "think" and to "know” "No" and "yes”"No" and "yes” "Down" & up"Down" & up "Wrong" & right"Wrong" & right "Bad" & good"Bad" & good
  12. 12. SFF: Mythic DiscourseSFF: Mythic Discourse Myth defined "not as apocryphal storiesMyth defined "not as apocryphal stories associated with earlier culturesassociated with earlier cultures but as a vitalbut as a vital contemporarycontemporary creator ofcreator of meaning and value"meaning and value" (Campbell 335; see also Silverstone,(Campbell 335; see also Silverstone, Rushing)Rushing).. Myth oppositions.Myth oppositions.
  13. 13. SFF: Mythic Discourse IISFF: Mythic Discourse II Life & deathLife & death Hope for wholeness & Fear of fragmentationHope for wholeness & Fear of fragmentation
  14. 14. SFF: Mythic Discourse IIISFF: Mythic Discourse III ""Nobody seems to be asNobody seems to be as hip as me.hip as me. Therefore, I must beTherefore, I must be crazy or a geniuscrazy or a genius"" CrazyCrazy?? GeniusGenius?? "No one, I think, is in my tree""No one, I think, is in my tree"
  15. 15. SFF: Mythic Discourse IVSFF: Mythic Discourse IV Life & deathLife & death Hope for wholeness & Fear of fragmentationHope for wholeness & Fear of fragmentation
  16. 16. Because SFF’s Lyrics are AboutBecause SFF’s Lyrics are About :: 1.1. ““Uncertain identity”Uncertain identity” 2.2. ““Loneliness”Loneliness” 3.3. ““Longing for childhood”Longing for childhood” And because so many can “relate to” those things,And because so many can “relate to” those things, SFF has “lasting power.”SFF has “lasting power.”
  17. 17. Verse 1: InterpretationsVerse 1: Interpretations ““It's getting hard to beIt's getting hard to be someone but it allsomeone but it all works outworks out It doesn't matter muchIt doesn't matter much to me."to me." ResignedResigned to beingto being misunderstood?misunderstood? Building aBuilding a bridgebridge to a better future?to a better future?
  18. 18. ““Interaction Invention”Interaction Invention” 1.1. ““Let me take YOU down . . . ”Let me take YOU down . . . ” 2.2. Disjointed lyrics: Like conversationDisjointed lyrics: Like conversation
  19. 19. Production inventions in SFFProduction inventions in SFF 1.1. MellotronMellotron 2.2. Distorted VocalDistorted Vocal 3.3. Orchestral Accompaniment in aOrchestral Accompaniment in a Lennon SongLennon Song
  20. 20. SFFSFF A “dream” of things toA “dream” of things to come,come, A “field” of invention.A “field” of invention.

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