A Hard Day’s Night: Solving a Beatles mystery with mathematics

Some nerd stuff to start the day!

Here’s a silly fragment of a song

(my apologies to bass players, I really LOVE bass & this is non-pejorative!)

Who do you think you are

Rocking hard with guitar

Get out of my face

You should be playing bass…



TANKA (Our Children Do Learn)


Sustainably cool

Bamboo Beatles drinking cups

From son Paladin

So glad he learned “green” from me

Earth’s renewability…


© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Bamboo gift from son Paladin




*scroll down for YouTube video*


An extra

Four and a half minutes

Revolutionizing music

Before that

Typical two minute songs

Good ones, so good

Motown, Beach Boys

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Even the most commercial protest songs

From a some-day peace prize winner

Are winding down

And the times they are a changing

Because the generation is demanding

And history is made

In a car tuned to AM radio

And here’s a song

On and on

Over six minutes



Hey Jude…

Teen in Nehru mini

He driving in Nehru shirt

Just out of the Army

Germany, not Nam

How’d he get so lucky

And the na-na’s go on

The guitars and drums

Voices and song

In the latest evolution

Of cruising music

And decades later

As that teen-turned-old-lady

Pedals on her elliptical

Singing to sunny skies

Ignoring the feeling

That youth was full of lies

About the future

Because the music remained true

A wormhole to wander through

Hey, Jude…


© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

The Beatles, Hey Jude




*Scroll down for 2 YouTube videos (The Browns and The Beatles)*

On a sunny morning

Little Jimmy Brown is born

While Eleanor Rigby scoops up her wedding rice

Jimmy Brown marries his true love

Father McKenzie darns his hole-y socks

As Jimmy takes a running jump into heaven

Eleanor later following his footsteps

Life in song

Born. Wed. Dead.


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE from Wikipedia The Browns, The Three Bells (YouTube) The Beatles, Eleanor Rigby (YouTube)


nowhere man sheet music in fog

A melancholy two ante meridiem


Waning Moon

Mercury magnetizing the universe

Spinning backwards in retrograde

No relief from

Reading, games, social media

Grab my ukulele and try playing

Nowhere Man for the first time

Lack of talent doesn’t discourage me

Because the top-of-the-head-blowing-off feeling


As the Beatles’

Long-ago words and melody

Tranquilize the jittery soul

Of this Somewhere Woman

I am…

And I rock…

© 2015 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Nowhere Man in the fog