Friday, November 9, 2012

Got a good reason for taking the easy way out?

Item! Medical Slang for Doctors!

The Best from BMJ Group!

Blamestorming (A session of mutual recrimination during which a multidisciplinary team attempts to apportion blame for some particularly egregious error.)

MacTilt (The lateral movement of the head to an angle of 45° to the vertical by a palliative care nurse specialist. It is intended to convey sympathy and understanding. (Mac from Macmillan nurse — a specialist palliative care nurse — and tilt.)

And the Worst!

Ringo (Expendable member of a team.)

Oh please. As Myth's bro has pointed out, more accurately the most underrated member of a team.

Anyone from the day can instantly recognize dozens of Beatles songs if we were given just the opening couple bars worth of Ringo and nothing else -- no guitar, no vocal. That's how integral Ringo's sound was to the band and that's how different he was from any other drummer.

Needless to say Ringo is what makes Ticket to Ride (from 1965!) seven years ahead of its time

And a couple of obvious examples come to mind just from Revolver:

Tomorrow Never Knows -- a tune named after a Ringo malaprop and appropriately so since the drums are the lead instrument here

She Said, She Said -- i said no, no, no, you're wrong

and of course, from the same Revolver sessions if not the album, one of Ringo's own favorites, our very own Rain

Now if you couldn't identify those 4 songs just by the drums alone, you don't like the Beatles, and if you don't like the Beatles you just don't like the genre called Rock and Roll.

He says.

But here's perhaps my favorite example of the instantly recognizable yet deceptively simple -- keeping this little off beat steady during the daytripper riff sounds to me like patting your head with one hand and rubbing your belly with the other while your tambourine's affixed to your hi-hat. I never get tired of it. And when the drums roll in after a couple of bars of the famous riff it's like saying hello to an old friend, which is what Ringo was to many of us.


3 comments:

Mythical Monkey said...

Ringo (Expendable member of a team.)

[Fizzing noises coming out my head.] One of those commonly-believed falsehoods that makes me crazy ...

Mythical Monkey said...

Well, crazier ...

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Yeah I think it’s the smell of phony hipster sophistication that does it. We all have to fake it some in life, but why fake an understanding of the Beatles? Do they do it just to annoy us?