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Today The Beatles began work on Paul’s ballad “Here, There and Everywhere” (which fans of the series comma like myself would prefer to see rendered as “Here, There, and Everywhere”). Given my kneejerk prejudice against Silly Love Songs, you might expect me to talk trash about “HT&E,” but I cannot. It is a nearly perfect song: simple, lovely, structurally flawless, and at 2:26 exactly as long as it needs to be.

Like “Good Day Sunshine,” “HT&E” is deceptively simple; or maybe, as guest author TMWCHD put it, deceptively deceptively simple. It seems effortless but obviously a lot of work went into it; today’s session lasted seven hours but yielded only four takes, none of which were used for the final version.

On the other hand, according to George Martin, there’s nothing very complicated going on here.

The harmonies on that are very simple, just basic triads which the boys hummed behind and found very easy to do. There’s nothing very clever, no counterpoint, just moving block harmonies. Very simple to do…but very effective.

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