The lighthearted cheer of Paul, the boyish whimsy of Ringo, the deep thoughts of John, the quiet reflection of George. . . they each gave a different vibe to the group. Together they made harmonic resonance, like the theoretical coming together of the universe.
I often wonder how different our world would look had they not met, or not had the opportunity to perform on the world’s stage.
Whose life wasn’t touched in some way by The Fab Four? Maybe you had a favorite. Maybe you were like me, and liked them pretty much equally (though I do think Paul and George would have been closest to “my type”).
Of course they created controversy because they did things differently. Just as so many people who invented something new, or brought us fresh ideas have been ridiculed for what we now accept as the norm. Parents and politicians thought they were leading youth astray. I think they led us into a new way of seeing the world.
Elvis and the fifties rockers made music fun. They were the first rebels of the new age. But The Beatles did more. They gave the new music meaning. They aspired higher than playing sock hops. They wanted to save the world. The music they and the bands that followed closely in their footsteps made preached peace and love. What greater concepts could there be? Sure, some took the sentiments a bit too far, but you’ll have that. Every belief system has it’s extremists.
The group spurred us to think about what is really right or wrong, to set aside difference in details and decide what is truly important. They made us less ethnocentric by bringing together those from varied backgrounds. They opened minds. They drew together eastern and western philosophies. They weren’t just out for a good time. They were seekers, and they inspired many of us to begin our own sojourns in search of truth.
It’s so sad the world can’t seem to accept love is all we need. The all-inclusive concept seems too simplistic I suppose. I guess perhaps, realistically it is, due to the unfortunate nature of human character. But I do believe The Beatles at least helped to encourage the decline of racial conflict and the tendency toward greater acceptance of cultural differences.
Born a teenager, I loved all the songs from the cute, charismatic British boys from the start. From the sweetly simple “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, the lightly lyrical ballad, “Penny Lane”, the vibrant beats of “Paperback Writer”, to the gently haunting sounds of “Somewhere”, and “Let It Be”.
Even after they broke up they continued to create, each in their own manner. They brought us thoughtful works, as well as Ringo’s “Photograph”, “Sweet Sixteen”, and McCartney and Wings’ “Band on the Run” and “Jet”.
I know I’ll never have enough of their silly love songs or their more serious works. I still need them though they’re more than sixty-four. Paul and Ringo that is.
Sadly, John and George left this plane of existence much too soon, but their legacy will always live on through the ways of today’s world that might not have been made possible had they not come together to prepare us for The New Millenium.
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