I grew up with a father that loved the Beatles, and a mother that liked them a lot as well. Yea I heard a few songs, mostly the popular Eight Days a Week, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and such (or maybe those stick out in my memory most). Not too long ago I became quite enamored with them myself after I acquired their whole music collection. It’s fantastic! Though I may have heard them, I didn’t realize I did…songs like Fool On the Hill, Old Brown Shoe, Honey Pie, etc.
Sometimes I feel as though I’m going into a time warp when I listen to these songs. The 60s. Yes, I was long from being born. Not even a thought in someone’s mind. Not even a wee little egg. Whether in reality the 1960s were like this or not, I imagine it was a much better time than today. I imagine it was a time when kids could play outside and they wouldn’t get kidnapped, where kids could explore abandoned houses without their parents being sued, where there was not so much political correctness and people could go a day without “offending” someone and again, getting sued. When people weren’t so consumed with materialistic things and weren’t afraid of terrorists. It makes me think of a time when people didn’t have to have bleached teeth, perfectly manicured nails, tanned bodies, and women didn’t need a 10 inch waist. Botox was not the answer, LSD was. And c’mon, who’s to say one is better for you than the other? Everyone knows the Beatles did a bit of experiencing with the drug variety, but y’know, not all of their songs made it so obvious.
Which brings me to the purpose of this whole blog. Music. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular songs on the radio right now. Right Round by Flo Rida – A take off of the 80s hit by Dead or Alive. But of course it’s 2009, so the lyrics are sexualized: “You spin my head right round when you go down, when you go down” being the main line in the song. How intellectual. And then there’s Kiss Me Thru the Phone by Soulja Boy. Read the title of the song. Enough said. Here’s a good one- If You Seek Amy by good old Britney Spears. Of course, that title is supposed to be If You Seek Amy, censored for TV and radio, though it made news headlines the day it was released so everyone knows what she’s really saying. Spell it out and you have a lovely title for 10 year olds to go around singing. Of course I’m going to dance to Blame It (On the Alcohol) when I go out dancing (if not only because that’s the only thing played), but if I had a choice to listen to one radio station for the rest of my life, it would be a classic rock station. Sometimes I get sad when I listen to The Beatles for the simple fact that I know there will never be a band that can make such simple, lovely, heartfelt, and yet complex, creative, and clever tunes like them. But I know when I get sick of hearing I Do Not Hook Up and Boom Boom Pow, I’ll always have Good Day Sunshine to cheer me up.