Saturday, February 8, 2014

Remembering the Beatles

Photo by Carlos Jaimes.
As a younger Boomer, I have always been a little bit late to the party.  I was only two years old when the Beatles made their first trip to the US on February 7, 1964--fifty years ago this week.

So it was about a dozen years after their British invasion that I started buying their albums and spending hours learning the lyrics to all of their songs.

This post is part of a Midlife Boulevard blog hop, kicked off with a lyrics quiz by Roz aka @WriterRozWarren.  

Since the thumbnails below will disappear, here are a couple posts I'm saving along with Roz's. Check out @over50feeling40 aka Pam's post on being a screamer. And read what @Claudoo aka Claudia shares about the Ed Sullivan show and about John's death. 

I was lucky to have another Beatle fan as a friend. Kim was a year older than I and attended my same high school and was a member of my same congregation.

Kim & Karen at the Seal Beach pier 1980. 
She favored John, and I favored Paul.  Yes, John wrote great lyrics, but Paul's work had a great dance beat. And he had dreamy eyes.

Kim and I would dance to their songs from the Beatles' early albums and puzzle over lyrics from their late albums.  "Who IS the walrus?"

At one point, we were doing research at our local library on the Beatles so that we could write a book about them. I remember hoarding dimes so that I could copy pages from the Cypress City Library's magazine collection.

L to R: Joey, Rick, Jerry and Pat 1980
I also discovered that a kid in my neighborhood was a member of a Beatles look-alike garage band called The Snowmen.

Rick and his band mates were two years behind me in school, but that didn't stop me from playing the role of adoring fan.

I would walk around the corner and listen to them play songs like "8 Days a Week" and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand."

I remember that Rick was the level-headed one, Joey was the dreamer, Pat was the shy one, and Jerry was the tortured soul like John, but Jerry played left-handed bass guitar like Paul. I remember that they did a credible version of "If I Fell."

Jerry, Pat and Joey of the Snowmen 1980
My more salient memories are about listening to Beatles songs with Kim at her house or singing into a hairbrush in my own room.

My favorites from my teen years include the following:
  • Back in the USSR
  • Birthday
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • Day Tripper
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Here, There and Everywhere
  • One after 909
  • Paperback Writer
  • She's Leaving Home
  • Two of Us
But if I forced to identify my all-time favorite Beatle song, it's actually one written by George Harrison. The desire conveyed in this quiet little ballad still makes me feel dizzy when I listen to it.  George didn't write many songs for the group, but when he did, they were really "Something." 

While I don't crush as hard on the Beatles (or look-alike bands) as I did as a teen, I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Fab Four. In fact, my cell phone is set to play a specific ring tone depending on the caller. My husband's tone is "Paperback Writer" given that he's an author, calls from elder care services ring "When I'm Sixty Four,"  and calls from my daughter ring "I've Just Seen a Face."

So whatever your level of affection for the Beatles and wherever you live across the universe, here's wishing you a good day sunshine! 



  1. Love the ringtones you've assigned everyone! Great story, and those boys were very cute!

    1. I can't believe I saved those pics. They came in handy for celebrating 50 years since the Beatles arrived in the USA!

  2. The ringtones are genius! Love this post!

    1. And I have "We Can Work It Out" for some people who have been giving me drama. And "Lady Madonna" for women from children's church committees. And so on. Their song catalog gives me endless possibilities!

  3. I am listening to Paperback Writer right now as I am reading this!! LOL!

  4. I didn't really become a real Beatles expert until my sons became Beatles fans as teenagers. Before that I mostly had just greatest hits albums. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that.

    1. It's fun to discover new, old things. I sometimes fall into a classic book that I can't believe it took me so long to read! For example, I just read The Picture of Dorian Gray (at age 51). I loved it. And I was a college English teacher and just barely got around to reading it. Such a great new, old thing.

  5. Such great memories. Imagine having your own local boy band. I think I might just change my ringtones, too.

    1. I just recently reconnected with Jerry's older brother via FB. Jerry works in the music biz and new Nora Jones before she made it big. I have no idea what the other three are up to, but I hope they are having a blast, wherever they may be! Have fun choosing new ringtones.

  6. The ringtones - what a cute idea! Love these memories.....

    1. Has it really been that long since I was swooning over Paul (and these local boys). Celebrating 50 years of Beatles gives me cause to pause.

  7. What great memories and I love that you found our own local version of The Beatles! Adorable pic!

    1. I had a lot of fun listening to their band...back in the day!