Song of the Day: The Beatles, "Not A Second Time"

I had a good idea of what I was going to do today, then I found this and changed my mind. "Not A Second Time" was on The Beatles’ second album, either With The Beatles or Meet The Beatles depending on which side of the Atlantic you lived on. Wikipedia mentions an review by William Mann of The Times which cites the song’s "Aeolian cadence" toward the end of each verse. What that means is that your ear wants to hear a major chord at the end but the song gives you a minor chord. John Lennon, who wrote the song, thought "Aeolian cadence" sounded like a bird…

18 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Beatles, "Not A Second Time"

    1. There weren’t too many duds on their albums and practically any of the songs would have made a great single, or at least a B side. This one, though, would have been perfect.

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  1. I never heard of this song but I like it but I love the Beatles because they tried different variations and are a step above most music artists as we all know.

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    1. And this was very early on in their career, mid-to-late 1964. They listened to a lot of the music around back then: rock, rockabilly, R&B, folk, show tunes, music hall, pretty much whatever was on the radio at the time. “Til There Was You,” from “The Music Man,” is also on this album.

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    1. They were already veteran performers and songwriters before they came to the world’s attention. And they were kids: George was 20, Paul 21, Ringo and John 23.

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    1. Stereo didn’t become as big until a couple of years later. Most people still had mono equipment, even though stereo had been around since 1931 and generally available since the end of WWII. That mono LP is a valuable thing to have…

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