Well, it’s like this… the day of the annual “All You Need is Love” concert is fast approaching and there’s only so much time to promote the show. I thought I’d save the best blog for last–the one that’s all Girl Power! Jody Moore is a dynamite singer and is a staple in the greater Boston and Cape Cod music scene. Either on stage or behind a video camera, she’s been there and she’s seen it all — or at least nearly all. That’s another blog for another day. Emily Mure hails from Roosevelt Island in NYC. She’s fairly new to Boston but is truly starting to make waves. Trust us. She’s the real deal. And moi. I put this blog together and wanted to share a few thoughts about one of my favorite bands of all time–The Beatles.
And don’t forget—the Eleventh Annual “All You Need is Love” is taking place at the me&thee in Marblehead, MA on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30. Click here for details. It’s an all-ages fun event. Proceeds go to sending musicians to local schools for workshops and concerts.
Now for our thoughts about The Beatles
This benefit allows me the opportunity to give tribute to my Uncle
Lonnie and Aunt Re Re who both passed away last year. They gave me my
first guitar song book when I was a kid. It was the Beatles Yellow
Submarine. I still cherish it and miss them very much.
Growing up, we weren’t allowed to listen to a lot of “secular music” at home, but the Beatles were an exception. The first CD I ever had was a double disc Beatles greatest hits album that I used to listen to on repeat while playing Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo.
Also, random anecdote, “Something” was the song that played when I had my first dance with a boy. I’ll never forget how perfect I thought that song was for a first dance (and also how sweaty that boy’s hands were).
As a musician, it’s hard to comprehend how any group could have written so many amazing songs. Whenever I listen to them, I come back to this continued state of awe that I had ever since I was a little girl hearing them for the first time.
The Beatles and their music have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Yeah, I had Beatles bubblegum cards, a lunchbox, posters, magazines, and, of course, records. I never got to see them in person. I got close or so it seemed…. My brother’s girlfriend who had given me her copies of The Beatles Second Album and A Hard Day’s Night promised me that she would get tickets for us when the Beatles played Suffolk Downs. Alas, I don’t think she realized how fast they would sell out and I was crushed that we couldn’t go. That Christmas I asked my favorite aunt for this game:
This is what I got:
Foiled again. Can you imagine the fake joy on my face as I tore open the gift wrap? Sigh….
I started to play guitar in late middle school and continued through high school. I took lessons at the YMCA and had to slog through songs like “Home on the Range” or “Down in the Valley.” Dammit. I wanted to play Beatles songs. I went to the local music store and picked up a Beatles songbook that include about 64 Beatles songs (including those they wrote for other artists back in the early 1960s). The was great—it included the chords and everything. However, I didn’t know how to play many of the chords and I never really got the hang of doing much more than strumming but I spent countless hours perusing that book and memorizing the words to the songs and digging it all.
While I was never able to see all four Beatles on one stage, I have been lucky enough to have seen Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in concert.
The Beatles started out as pop band but got more and more sophisticated as the years went by and this taught me an awful lot about music appreciation. Connecting the Beatles with society at large and with my own maturation process has formed me into who I am today. The fact that their music lives on and that many generations continue to enjoy it makes me extremely happy.
And here I am promoting a great community event that brings people of all ages together and contributes to the greater good—sending musicians into local schools so that the kids can experience live music. Yes. Life is Good. Oh la di ob la da. Life Goes On.