Sing-a-Long: Beatlesongs Is High-Flying Fun
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It is our understanding that not everyone was getting high in the sixties--it just seemed that way. Or maybe it was everyone we knew. One popular entertainment of the period was turning on the television (there was no cable, DVD, Internet, VHS, or streaming), turning off the volume, and putting something funky (like Mungo Jerry) on the phonograph (a device that played music). In preparation for such entertainment, one must be stoned to get the full comedic effect of the audio-visual mélange. This cosmic amusement resulted in hysterical laughter (remember the party scene in Reefer Madness? Something like that), tears streaming down faces, and intense efforts to catch one’s breath.
A new video, Sing-a-Long: Beatlesongs (2012) perfectly captures and—dare we say—improves upon the experience. The intent of Sing-a-Long: Beatlesongs is to “introduce a whole new generation of fans to the best-selling band in history, while helping them learn to read and speak English in a fun and interactive way.” Yes, it’s KidVid, but it also the DVD to watch with a bunch of friends indulging in something legal (like beer, Bob’s Pirate Punch, or Cap’n Morgan and Coke), and the more friends (or beer), the better. We are not promoting overindulgence in alcohol; groups of just plain silly or goofy individuals can enjoy these videos just as well, without any artificial stimulation.
The DVD features 10 Beatles’ songs (“Good Day Sunshine,” “Let It Be,” “Yesterday,” “Michelle,” “Hey Jude,” “Penny Lane,” “Paperback Writer,” “She’s Got a Ticket to Ride,” “Help!,” “We Can Work It Out”) performed by Bob (Bobby) Cowsill who sings both lead and background vocals. Cowsill does a respectable job of replicating the original sound.Continued on the next page