I’m glad the Hudson Library & Historical Society decided to honor the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s initial 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles have been one of my favorite groups since I was a teen.
The library recently offered a variety of Fab Four programs, including lectures, a movie and pictures.
I was too young to remember the Beatles in their heyday. Nor do I remember their 1972 breakup. But growing up, watching their cartoons, seeing them on talk shows, music specials and news programs, I was inundated and became a fan.
Their lyrics were fun and almost whimsical to me. Maybe too whimsical. I’m still not sure what “pigs from a gun” or “yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog’s eye” means.
I’ve stopped trying to understand the meanings. I just buckle up and enjoy the trip they take me on — a Magical Mystery Tour back to my youth and a time when my biggest worries were catching fireflies and eating Cap’n Crunch cereal.
I was introduced to the band before I actually knew who they were. When I was about 8, my birthday cake had four figures placed on it. There was a drummer and three guitarists. Each one was about 2 inches tall.
I CAN SEE them now. The sky-blue suited figures, with black hair. They sat on a flat base, like the army men that were popular with my generation. Those figures were the Beatles.
I wish I knew where those figures are now. I would probably lend them to the library for their displays.
Being a fan of the boys, I turned on the 50th anniversary TV special Feb. 9.
And while not a fan of groups or individuals covering the Beatles, I was impressed with Paul and Ringo, the two remaining Beatles. The guys brought down the house, both individually and together.
The biggest surprise of the night for me was not knowing the two could still rock, it was what I learned about the ballad, “Let it Be”: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be...”
I always thought Paul was singing about the Virgin Mary. He was not. He was singing about his mom, Mary, who had died. I felt a moment of triumph and was able to add a little extra piece to my Beatles bag of trivia.
However, there are a few pieces missing. I wish someone would have explained to me the meaning of a “joo-joo eyeball” or “walrus gumboot.” And does anyone know if you can actually “get a tan from standing in the English rain?”
Maybe that will be explained during the 60th anniversary special! I have a feeling that Paul, Ringo and their music are going to be around for a lot more anniversaries.
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