Saturday, October 01, 2011

On The Beatles (My Response to Ian's Post)

My old blogger friend Ian posted this post about The Beatles and as I was thinking about my response, I realized it was too big for a comment box and required its own post. (And ha ha Ian: by "old blogger friend" I am not calling you old, just referring to the age of our blog history. I bet you were wondering about that.)
The Beatles, well, the idea of The Beatles in my brain is a kinda funny study of how my thought processes have evolved (devolved?) over the course of my lifetime. Here are the stages of my brain and the Beatles:

  1. I'm a happy kid hearing The Beatles on the radio and singing along.

  2. I'm a teenager and I'm all, "The Beatles? Who? Yesterday? Yeah, that describes them."

  3. I'm a young adult. A Beatle has been murdered. The matryrization of The Beatles grows to a fever pitch. I rail against it. As usual, I stand firm and unbending against a wave. A wave that seems to have no cease.

  4. I'm at the age of the "midlife crisis" which is really just a stage of questioning every belief and assumption you've ever had. I ask myself, "Are The Beatles that bad? Was I just disliking them to be unique?" I begin to listen to their songs instead of automatically flipping the channel.

  5. I have passed the midlife crisis phase, have discarded former incorrect assumptions, accepted the value of other lifelong assumptions, and have even added new ones. The Beatles? Yeah, they still suck. It was nice to realize I didn't hate them all these years just to be a rebel with a pointless cause. They are just not all that. Now, The Stones? Yes, Ian. They rock.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

There is no link to your 'old friends' post about The Beatles....So, I don't know what he said. About what you said...I couldn't disagree more.
If they did nothing else but write/record "YESTERDAY", they proved their depth to me. That is a very profound song with an extremely touching message---and a message that deepens with age....But they did so much more than that, Musically speaking....Just my opinion.

geewits said...

~~Thanks for the link info. I fixed it. I realize most people love The Beatles. And I appreciate some of the meanings in the lyrics, like "Imagine." I guess I'm just not a fan of the overall sound.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this 'my old (but not chronologically, of course) friend. I couldn't have captured it better. I tried, but you did the same thing in fewer words. The Stones indeed do rule!

Jocelyn said...

I. LOVE. You.

geewits said...

Ian and Jocelyn,

Sweet Loretta said...

Well, I love the Beatles. I wonder what my name would be if it weren't for them?