This Monday: The Beatles.
I grew up listening to a cassette tape of Love Songs, a compilation album released in 1977 of all of their love songs. For a long time, I thought The Beatles ONLY sang love songs! In fact, it wasn’t until later on in my childhood that I was introduced to some of the “classic” songs such as Hey Jude, Let it Be, or Strawberry Fields Forever My mother LOVES the Beatles, so again, I have her to thank for introducing me to one of the best bands ever.
Again, I had a really hard time picking a song from this album. Listening to the songs now, I think: what did I think they were saying back when I was young and innocent? Norwegian Wood is obviously about a love affair. But five-year-old me just thought it was funny because the girl made the guy sleep in the bath. Hi-larious!
I have oodles of memories attached to Beatles songs. One of my childhood best friends and I memorizing all the lyrics to Obladi Oblada and giggling at the fact that they say “bra”. Singing Yesterday with my school chorus. My mom singing I Wanna Hold Your Hand to us when we had to cross the street. Singing Blackbird and In My Life with my host family here in Chile during one of our many sing-a-longs. My host brother baptizing me “Abbey Road” (little known fact: my name was originally spelled with an “e” but when I learned how to write I got rid of it because I thought it was superfluous). Using Hello, Goodbye in my English classes and making my students (of all ages) dance along. Watching Across the Universe with my brother and listening to the soundtrack non-stop for weeks.
What is your favorite Beatles song?