“Taxman” is the first track from ‘Revolver’, an album written and performed by the Beatles. Upon thorough examination of the deepest parts of cyberspace, I could not find a space or representation of speed that reflected accurate tempo maps to this song.
At this point, The Beatles are our classical music, as Paul McCartney once said – well, he said it when he saw the sheet music to a Mozart quartet and something to the effect that the Beatles compositions would be the classical music of the future. He was right.
Meanspeed-Spencer Speed Summary
Calibration supervision=James C.C. Manning, A.S.C.
Time elapsed, complete=1,331.07 seconds
Average beat=0.448 seconds
Average velocity/mean speed=133.9 beats per minute
Corresponding pitch=571.2 Hertz
Recording source=CDP 7 464412
Manufacturer=Capitol Records, Inc.
Intellectual property=© 1966, E.M.I. Records, Ltd.
Publishing rights=© 1966, Northern Songs, Ltd.
apparent message of song=pay your taxes, and be prepared to feel like you are paying the government too.
song ripped off=The Batman Theme, 1966 version
most interesting rhyme=’be’ and ‘me’, where we ‘see’ –
Let me tell you how it will be There’s one for you, nineteen for me”
Coolest element that has nothing to do with tempo=the D7(#9) chord! (“taxman!”)
Most vital element of song=Paul’s perfect bass line which is simple, yet for its time, it stands the test of time as that of a Mozart. The genius is simplicity, fluidity and a preternatural ability to create counterpoint lines without effort.
March 4, 2016