One Sweet Dream: Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2009

20 December 2009 was the best day of my life: it was the day I saw Paul McCartney live for the first time. I was 17 years old and it had been a lifelong dream of mine to see my hero up close. When I heard on the radio one day in October that there…

Song Spotlight: If I Fell

This week I'd like to take a look at one of my all-time favourite Beatles ballads: 'If I Fell'. Written mainly by John Lennon, with input from Paul McCartney, 'If I Fell' is a track from 1964's A Hard Day's Night album and film. It's yet another example of how good John was at writing ballads, even though…

The ‘Paul Is Dead’ Conspiracy Theory

As it's Halloween, it seems fitting to take a look at one of the weirdest elements of the Beatles story: the 'Paul is Dead' conspiracy theory. Although it originated way back in 1967, it endures to this day. In fact, since the advent of the internet, it's probably become even more of a big deal,…

Song Spotlight: She’s Leaving Home

Asking a Beatles fanatic to choose their favourite song is a bit like asking them to name their favourite time of day to breathe. It's a hard enough question with most artists, so when it comes The Beatles, it's a thousand times more difficult. So it may seem crazy to even attempt to write about…