Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania

Good morning, and welcome to another week. Jerry’s busy today in Poznan (a very beautiful city, he reports), and will check in with us when he can keeping us up to date with the delectable comestibles.

Today, August 8th, is the day that Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan took that famous Abbey Road photograph of the Beatles that graced the cover of their album back in 1969.


And, because it’s fun, here are some others from that shoot.




So it falls to me to put up the Hili Dialogue this morning. I can relate to this all too well, having been urged ‘more forcefully’ on a regular basis by dogs demanding their daily walk. If you’ve never had a dog then you need to know: walks are Serious Business, more important than supper or bones or anything.

Cyrus: Are we going for a walk?
Hili: I’m ready but you have to urge them more forcefully.


In Polish:

Cyrus: Idziemy na spacer?
Hili: Ja jestem gotowa, musisz ich głośniej ponaglić.

And of course there is new documentation of the journeys of Leon as well.

Leon: I’m making plans.



And finally, in honor of that Beatles photograph, this is one of my favorite tracks from that album, Here comes the sun. It’s possibly a perfect piece of music.


  1. Posted August 8, 2016 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    “Here Comes the Sun” indeed.

    I can (and do) play the main guitar part in that song and I love it. Always good for feeling happy. I’ve added faux-ukulele bits as intro and outro (the main guitar part is capoed at 7, so making it sound like a uke is easy) in honor of George, who wrote it and who also loved ukuleles.

    If you haven’t seen the DVD The Concert for George, please do. It’s a wonderful line up playing his music for hours.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted August 8, 2016 at 8:03 am | Permalink

      It’s kind of a preposterous profusion of talent, that they had Lennon, McCartney and Harrison as songwriters in the band at the same time. Has there ever been a greater concentration of musical brilliance in one band at the same time?

      You should post your uke cover – sounds impressive.

      • Posted August 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

        I’ll see if I can come up with a decent enough recording. Impressive? Not too sure about that — mainly just fun.

        Agree on songwriting with Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison. Ringo was pretty good too! (We play “It Don’t Come Easy”, fun song.)

  2. TJR
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    A Sottish photographer eh? Drank a lot did he?

  3. Dominic
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 7:03 am | Permalink


  4. somer
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Leon being decisive about hogging the map. Very cat.

  5. Posted August 8, 2016 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    The placement of that song on the album is also perfect, immediately after the dark and foreboding (and drawn out) ending of She’s So Heavy. The opening notes of this song actually sound like the sun rising after a dark night.

  6. dabertini
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Brilliant song, brilliant album!! Thanks, grania.

  7. dabertini
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Brilliant song, brilliant album!! Thanks, grania.

  8. Marilyn
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    My favorite version of Here Comes the Sun is by George
    Benson. He slows it down and is accompanied by strings
    only. It’s beautiful.

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    IIRC, that Abbey Road cover photo provided a key bit of “proof” that Paul is dead — what with him being barefoot, preceded by John and Ringo dressed as a mortician and funeral director respectively, and trailed by George in workingman’s garb suitable to a gravedigger.

    “Here Comes the Sun” is my favorite “George” song from the Beatles’ catalogue.

    • Posted August 8, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      There’s nothing as strange as folk.

      Still, these celebrity death hoaxes still happen with regularity. It just doesn’t work very well in these days of Twitter where said celeb just has to issue a tweet saying “No, I aten’t”.


      • JonLynnHarvey
        Posted August 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

        McCartney is actually wearing shoes in the other two photos although all 4 are otherwise dressed alike.

        “Here Comes the Sun” is for me tied with “Because” as my favorite track on the album.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted August 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

          “Come Together” is my favorite on the album. On side 2, it’s “Bathroom Window,” though I’m a fan of the whole medley. I really like how the lads trade guitar licks in “The End,” especially John’s playing.

  10. Barry Lyons
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    My favorite Beatles album is “Revolver”, my favorite Beatles LP side is side two of “Abbey Road”——and the two best songs from “Abbey Road” are by George Harrison.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 8, 2016 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Abbey Road side 2, contains that rara avis from the Beatles’ oeuvre, a Ringo drum solo — one that has always struck me as an abbreviated version of the infamous drum solo from Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”

  11. Kevin
    Posted August 8, 2016 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Mean Mr Mustard…great album cover, possibly greatest ever.

  12. Posted August 9, 2016 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    It’s cool. Love the guitar part of the song very much. And the pictures of the cats and dogs are awesome.

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