I was watching the tribute to the Beatles last night, The Beatles: The Night that changed America. I say it changed the world. Although I was only 6 years old, ok, now you know my age, I know every word to every song they were playing. So did the audience. Listening to all the songs brings back so many memories. My brother, Juan Jorge, yes, he has two of the Beatles names, John George, was in love with their music, and I grew up listening to it all! Not only on records, but my brother playing it on his guitar!
The Beatles were a huge influence not only on my brother, but on countless of young men with musical talent. I believe they were and still remain one of the bands that had the largest influence on so much music as well as musicians that came after them.
The music transcends all ages, times, and genders. I cannot think of many other musicians like the Beatles that have had such an impact on our music world, not to mention our lives. What other music band do you know that when you hear their music it makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you sing, dance, reminisce, and remember where you were, who you were with, danced with, cried for, wished for, celebrated, rocked to and always remember every word? I’m sure some music will always live in our hearts for many reasons, but how many bands like the Beatles will live in our souls?
There has been very few people, I believe, that these four have not touched their lives in one form or another. Our parents, our siblings, ourselves, our children, and probably our children’s children. That was music. You could actually understand the lyrics, they had meaning and they had stories. Sean Penn said it best last night, 100 years from now, this music will still be going strong.
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!
Where were you when The Beatles changed America?
Some pictures taken from Ringo Starr’s new e-book: Photographs