I’ve always been a Beatles fan for as long as I can remember. Maybe it’s because of the influence of my dad who used to have these cool 45s and old cassette tapes of the Fab Four and even Jackson 5. Sadly, the old 45s and cassettes were not saved from the ravages of time—hence we’ve lost this valuable music pieces to time and decay.
I’ve been in “retro” funk for almost two weeks now, ushered in by the rediscovery of the song “California Dreaming” by Mommas and the Papas, after two hours of watching “Chunking Express” via You Tube. The song “California Dreaming” was played almost four times throughout the movie and that time was enough to bring my interest back to 50s, 60s and 70s music.
My interest in music tends to be diverse—I listed to pop, rock, heavy metal, praise, RnB, JPop, KPop, CPop, classical, Motown and oldies. While I have a slight aversion to Jazz and Country/Folk—I can’t say that there are songs from this genre that I listen to a lot.
But I digress.
Fab four fans (try saying that four times fast) might note that the title of this post is from one of The Beatles’ many iconic songs. Beatles has always been THE BAND for me. While I may not be a diehard, I can say that I’d be someone whose iPod will at least contain a Beatles song/s on heavy rotation.
On my 18th birthday, my dad asked me what I wanted: I asked for only one gift—The Beatles Anthology 2. It was newly released then, part of a compilation series featuring their most popular songs from the time they started as a young band in the 1960s, beginning with the first album in 1963 up to the last one in 1970 (Let it Be). This was the time when there was no CDs or mp3 players and my gift was a thick cassette tape (two cases glued together) which retailed for P360. The cover was a mash up of all their albums. The cassettes oversaw me past the adolescent turmoil of collegiate years and unrequited loves.
I discovered a lot more artists (Incubus, Weezer) and even experimented with Asian pop music, but right till now in my heart – no other band will beat the prolific song writing and genius melodies of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
More than 40 years later, the music of the Beatles remains to be the main inspiration and influence of many artists here and around the world—from Oasis (UK) to Eraserheads (PH), one finds the same catchy melody and sarcastic, often time’s insightful lyrics interspersed between songs.
And out of the whole Beatles catalogue, my favorite remains to be two songs: “If I Fell” and “Something” – two song which I will sing (even in the slightest encouragement) between videoke sessions and by myself, especially when I am feeling sad. I don’t know what it is with these songs that make pulls at your heart strings, with the ability to gut your heart in ten million tiny pieces, your heartbreak fully magnified.
Maybe that’s the power of a Beatles song—it can incite action and social consciousness (Imagine, Revolution) and even love and longing (Something, I want to hold your hand)
In the US, a new documentary on the story and music of The Beatles aired November 25 at the History Channel (see info here). For those who know if it’s shown in the Philippines, please let me know.
I don’t trust my writing skill to fully interpret the history of The Beatles. To know more about The Beatles, please click here and here