July 17, 2009
“She’s leaving home” by the Beatles.
My father put this one in my head by sending me a link to it on Last.FM. Who knew my dad was cool enough to know about Last.FM?
October 21, 2008
“The ballad of John and Yoko” by the Beatles
July 30, 2008
“When I’m 64″ by the Beatles.
I’ve had the Beatles on my mind lately, more their early stuff like “She loves you” and “I feel fine” but today I’ve been thinking about this song, one of my favorites of all time. The video is from the film Yellow Submarine, and super trippy:
May 5, 2008
I’ve got two today, both by the Beatles. First “Girl”:
And, “You Can’t Do That”:
March 13, 2008
“I’m looking through you” by The Beatles.
December 20, 2007
“All You Need is Love”- The Beatles
My family has had a tradition of going away together for New Years ever since I was a little kid. We’d take a cruise, the five of us when my grandmother was still alive and my parents were together, and spend New Years at sea.
In my entire life, there have been only two exceptions to this. In 2003, my grandmother was dying and so we spent New Years 2004 in NY with her. The only other time was New Years 1997.
My parents were big travelers and in 1997 they planned to take an extensive trip through Asia. My brother and I simply couldn’t take that time off from school and so my father told us to make alternate New Years plans. I had lived in Scotland the previous year for the first time, in a small town called Forres, and had been back in the U.S. for about 6 months. There was only one place I would want to spend New Years. I was 19, my brother was 14, and we decided to take a 3-week trip through England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, ending up in Forres for New Years.
It was an incredible trip. My brother wrote his college essay about the experience. He had his first beer on that trip in a Pizza Hut in a London, stayed at his first youth hostel, discovered that hotels in Ireland close on Christmas and you have to make a run for Britain to find shelter, got trapped in Bangor, Wales for 3 days because trains don’t run on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day OR Boxing Day (the 26th of December) and generally experienced a kind of freedom that most 14-year olds probably never get. Maybe too much freedom. I kept telling him to go explore on his own but he would invariably just follow me around, two or three blocks behind.
One of our stops was Liverpool, England. We were only there for the day because we had really liked Manchester and ended up extending our stay there by another night. We had to be in northern Scotland by New Years eve and we were running out of time.
We took the Magical Mystery Tour of Liverpool. My brother and I had always disagreed on music. He took to hip-hop at a very early age and I never could understand it. It was a constant battle between us to get him to listen to something other than rap. He did the Beatles tour with good spirits, though. There’s a picture of us holding hands and giggling outside Strawberry Fields and of him pointing at the sign at Penny Lane. He even sang along with some of the songs they played on the bus.
That night, when we settled into our Dublin hotel to spend the night, he paused his Biggie-listening and said “hey, do you have any Beatles CDs with you?” I was so happy. I remember rifling through my bag, eager to introduce my brother to some Beatles, happy that the tour seemed to have changed his musical perspective a little.
“Yeah,” he continued, “I noticed on the bus today that their music makes me really sleepy.”
My brother sent me this video today and reminded me of that trip. You can see Mick Jagger in it about two and a half minutes in.