Thursday, September 16, 2010

Demystifying a dynamic duo

What made Lennon-McCartney click?  Slate correspondent Joshua Wolf Shenk has taken a revealing look at the fermentation process that yielded the greatest songwriting duo of our time.

Today's assignment:  Click on this link and start reading Creative Pairs: Why Two is the Magic Number. To get you jumpstarted here's an inviting passage from Part One:

When they were writing "I Saw Her Standing There," Paul offered this opening verse:

"She was just seventeen
Never been a beauty queen."

"You're joking about that line," John shot back, "aren't you?" He offered this revision:

"She was just seventeen
You know what I mean"

There it is: Innocence meets sin—an inviting, simple image takes a lusty, poetic leap.

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