#MusicMemories: Time Travel Day 16

My mom and The Beatles

I was very fortunate to grow up in a house that contained pretty much all the Beatles albums. And mom was quick to convert them to cassette tape when the time came.

She was such a huge Beatles fan. Her favorite was Paul. He was so dreamy :)

I was always a John Lennon fan. I liked his voice, and he was such a rebel. I remember the day he was shot. Mom was inconsolable. I think she cried for a week. It was like someone had assassinated a part of her youth.

Even listening to The Beatles today, I’m blown away by how they’re still lightyears ahead of the rest of us mortals. They ventured on another plane of existence for their art. Even subtle things, such as using a pentatonic scale or ancient Egyptian chord structures for some of their tunes, made them really stand out against the “we’re pop stars trying to sound mystical” nonsense.

All four guys could stand alone as separate artists, which made them, as a group, so out-of-this-world amazing.

The song “Yesterday” is one of my favorite songs of all time. It reminds me of mom. It reminds me that I’m always thinking of what might have been — which is absurd, because I’ll be thinking the same thing tomorrow. It’s simple and elegant and lovely.

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