This morning Liz and I received an email from her daughter that she was on her way home. Speaking generally they were on their way home to Canada via LAX from Tokyo. They have been travelling since August starting from Canada’s East Coast to Europe, Africa, India, Everest Base Camp Japan and now home to visit her sister in Vancouver and then make the trek back to Ontario and home by July. The email came with the audio clip of The Beatles “Two of Us” and …’on our way back home’. I went for my iPhone and played the song to get Liz and I up on the right side of the bed. It brought a tear to our eyes; they were on their way home.
Liz asked why liked, no LOVED the Beatles so much.
My love of the Beatles started so many years again, with the release of “Abbey Road”. My oldest brother Ron would go to a friend’s home and listen the LP, side 1 on one day and then side 2 the next day. I remember his excitement and the euphoria when he brought his own copy home and probably wear out the first copy within weeks. I can relate to the idea of having to buy more than one copy of the LP as I myself have 2 copies in vinyl and have the 1st CD version and the latest re-mastered Abbey Road in my library.
Back to Liz’s question, why do I love the Beatles so much? It is the simplicity in the way the music was played, the honesty in the way the songs were written and the love of hearing these songs now 40 years+ still sounding fresh and new. When an artist can bring a tear to your eyes, goose bumps on your arm or makes you keep repeating a song while you sing (loudly) in your car – you know they have hit a nerve and connected.
I admit that my favourite Beatle was and is Paul, but John, George and Ringo have all crept in to take over large parts of my inner Beatle self. I find myself appreciating the little nuances of the Fab Four when I hear more about how they made their music. This week I learned that the Beatles put together the animal sounds in their “Good Morning Good Morning” from 1967’s Sgt Pepper in the order of the animal food chain. Simple? Of course, and genius at the same time. There is probably so much to learn! Maybe it’s time to earn my PHD in Beatles, http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jan/27/worlds-first-beatles-graduate.
‘Let it Be’ and “Two of Us” are the Beatle soundtrack of the day, that will probably evolve to ‘Abbey Road’. But as I write this I have an urge to morph my inner Beatle self to George Harrison’s “What is Life”…to Ringo’s “Photograph” and then to John’s “Whatever gets you through the night”. As for the next day and what I’ll want to hear…Tomorrow Never Knows.
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