Been offline since Wednesday to join Capitol’s “SuroySuroy Sugbo – The Southern Heritage Trail”. The project has a point, really, got to admit. Works good for Cebu Province, works even better for the Gwen Garcia image. What’s the trip all about? It’s actually touring the towns and eating a lot of budbod and bakasi and being shown the same Sinulog dance every 30 minutes. I’ll be writing an article about the experience next week, so that’s it for now.

The rides from one town to the next and the time it took a dance presentation to start reintroduced me to The Beatles through Hank Bordowitz’s “Turning Points in Rock and Roll” (a book is indispensable to travel, along with the iPod). The Beatles tops the list of artists that influenced my songwriting bigtime. I’ve always wondered how the Lennon-McCartney collaboration worked. For you Beatles fan, I’m reprinting here that part of the book where this creative partnership is mentioned briefly:

“George Martin (British producer, the “fifth Beatle”) once described the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership with this image: “Imagine two people pulling on a rope, smiling at each other and pulling all the time with all their might. The tension between the two of them made for the bond.”

“Gradually, things changed,” Martin adds. “The boys went into their little spheres and there was more rivalry brewing between John and Paul. In truth, they were never great collaborators in the sense of sitting down and writing together.

“There were three ways John and I would write,” McCartney said. “We would sit down with nothing and two guitars… that was writing from the ground up. ‘She Loves You,’ ‘From Me To You,’ ‘This Boy’ were all written that way. Another way of writing was when one of us had an idea… and we’d both sit and write together. ‘Norwegian Wood’ was like that… The third way was when one had an idea, and we weren’t going to be seeing each other for a week, and the idea was just too hot to stop… It always got a bit more bizzare when the two of us got going.”