Many thanks to Bernadette over @ Haddon Musings for the heads up about World Beatles Day (it’s today) and for sharing the recent YouTube video of Late Late Nite host James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney.
Watching it brought tears to my eyes (several times.)
Although I came of age (high school & college) in the 1980s and have hundreds of albums from that era (my brother calls selections from my collection ‘the Academy of Ancient ’80s Music’), my very first album acquisition from hard-earned babysitting cash was The Beatles Red collection (1962-1966.)
An easy choice because I had listened to my older sister play it (again & again) and knew every word of every song. There’s something special about Beatles songs – catchy melody grooves, sure, but also words that stay with us, lift our hearts, and still mean something.
A few weeks ago I watched a documentary on PBS directed by Ron Howard entitled, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.” I don’t think my generation and subsequent ones fully understand the phenomenon The Beatles created crisscrossing the globe will millions of fans turning out in every place. At that time the Beatles were early-twenty-somethings, yet stood tall in their beliefs, like the time they refused to play in a segregated venue in the Civil-Rights era American south.
The venue changed their policies and opened up the whole place to everyone.
So, grab a cuppa and watch this inspirational encounter with Paul McCartney and James Corden singing & reminiscing whilst visiting nostalgic places around Liverpool.
The video is 25 minutes, so prop up your feet & make it a big cuppa as you won’t want to miss any of it. (Email readers, you know the drill – click into Roses website to access the YouTube video.)
“And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be…”
grace, peace & Beatles groupies
Virginia : )
p.s. I had a crush on Paul McCartney when I was a little girl — and still do, now!
Love it! I was also crying while watching this awesome video! Happy World Beatles Day, Virginia! 🙂 ❤
I got all weepy in several places – Let it Be, when Paul talked about his mom, when they sang Blackbird, then big weeps during Hey Jude (!!!!) But what fun all around – and his new stuff sounds great, too. Beatles groupies hugs! 🤗🎧😎🎧🤗
Thanks for the shout out. Ending your post with Let It Be is perfect for the world now. I had a crush on George. His life sized picture was in my locker so I could fantasize about getting out of high school and marrying him.
LoL, Bernadette- I had a big poster of Paul McCartney in my room, but I liked George, too. Watched an amazing tribute concert for George (PBS rocks!) led by Eric Clapton featuring many rock-n-roll greats (including Tom Petty, may he also RIP.) Paul McCartney & Ringo both turned up – it was moving!
grace, peace & Beatles groupies – VA 🎼🎧😎🎧🎼
I so loved that PBS video. I wonder if I can get it on demand and keep celebrating Beatle mania. Thanks for stopping by and reminding me.
Thank you, Virginia, keep singing
From Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood is a great one, too, Carol-Jo. I’ve been playing Help! lots lately on my Beatles playlist – loads of uplifting Beatle beats! Hugs! 🎧😎🎧🤗🎼🎧
On a recent trip, I was able to tune into the Beatles station on Sirius XM. Great stuff. Yep, great memories, as well.
Thanks for that heads up, Tim. Sirius XM has so many channels, didn’t realize there’s a Beatles one (my brother has Sirius in his car, we usually find the Coffeehouse & Margaritaville channels on long trips along with the ’70s’ ’80s ’90s ones.) 🎧😎🚙🎧
I like your blog…….here is my quick blog on the Beatles
The Beatles (still) rock me with their amazing music & lyrics. Thanks for sharing your blog – 🎼🎤😎🎤🎼