My Thoughts About The Beatles
Part of this is a conversation I had with my daughter Erica through texting. I loved the Beatles. I bought an album by them of their music when I was only 12 in 1963. I watched them on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.
I have a few magazines about two Beatle members. John Lennon and George Harrison. They were my favorites. I also own a couple of books about the Beatles. Since the Beatles are becoming popular again, I thought I'd dig the magazines out, and buy the books. Or I probably would have read these and bought these anyway. John Lennon was the one who was shot in New York City in 1980. He was my favorite. We were living in the San Francisco Bay area, and I was driving down highway 101 when the announcement came over the radio that he had been shot. I had to pull the car over. It was shocking and very sad for me. This was one of those times in life I remember what I was doing. I was driving to work.
George Harrison died of cancer in 2001. He was my second favorite. I can't remember what I was doing when I heard about him dying.
The ones who are still alive and getting older are Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
I loved the Beatles starting from when I was 12! I had Pictures of the Beatles from magazines, taped to the walls of my room when I was a teenager! Yeah. The Beatles were special to me for a long time. Paul McCartney still does things all the time. He recently did a concert where John Lennon was on a big screen in the background and Paul was singing along with John. Paul McCartney is still at his music-making. I did find it on YouTube. Paul McCartney was always the cute one. I'm happy he's still around and doing stuff. They were all cute.
Ringo seems to stay more to himself.
From Erica during our texting from February of 2022 about Paul McCartney: I remember a couple years ago he did this weird Beatles jukebox gag thing, where him and the host of this show went to a random bar for a Beatles night, he was behind a curtain with a band, and the people in the pub requested songs, he played them, then partway through the curtain was pulled back and the people got a live performance. It was kinda neat. From Me: It was "Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke" on YouTube. https://youtu.be/QjvzCTqkBDQ ... I Found the whole thing of the first one. I had seen that before. It's James Corben and his carpool karaoke with Paul McCartney then they go to a pub.
It's interesting they are becoming popular again after all these years. They kept me sane during my late childhood and teenage years. They are why I learned Transcendental Meditation (TM). They quit doing TM some time after they learned. George Harrison kept doing spiritual things with other gurus, but the others quit. I quit TM also, but that's another story told elsewhere on my web site.
From Erica again: Yeah, I think after Michael Jackson died, and his relatives sold the rights to all the Beatles music he was hoarding, people were allowed to cover their songs, and that caused a resurgence. From Me: Oh yeah. I remember Michael Jackson bought the rights to Beatle songs. I'm pretty sure Paul McCartney bought the rights back. Or him and Yoko Ono, or somebody.
The Beatles are a legend moving into mythology. You can find a lot about them. Do a search on Google or YouTube or many other places.
I remember once at the beginning, George or one of them was asked by a reporter, what they are going to do when "the bubble bursts". Well, the bubble never burst.
If not for the Beatles today's music would probably be boring.
I never did see them on stage. But I did see them on the Ed Sullivan Show at the beginning of 1964 on our black and white TV, with my parents making snide comments about the noise and their long hair.
Funny, when I was very young, my mother let my buy their first album and let me listen to it on her new stereo record player when my dad was at work. The album was about 2 dollars. That was a lot back then! There was a record store in the city next to Methuen:, which is Lawrence.
Thank you, John, Paul, George and Ringo. You wrote the soundtrack to my life.
None of these pictures above are of the Beatles or of any of their instruments. They are random pictures of musicians and musical instruments I got from my CD Collection. See below.
I wrote this about February 7, 2022. Added to it on September 19, 2022.