Sometimes all it takes is the right question at the right time to unlock your mind and direct your thoughts down paths lush and generative. Share what inspires you, and I will show why I have been called insatiably curious.
Johnny was a schoolboy
When he heard his first Beatles song
'Love Me Do' I think it was
And from there it didn't take him long
-"Shooting Star" by Bad Company
I seem to be turning to music more lately in my questions, but for some people (like me) it has been a pervasive element throughout my life. I recently heard the Beatle's tune "Yesterday". Those initial guitar notes instantly transported me back, as they always do, to my childhood bedroom, with the thin blue carpeting, and the corner that held my makeshift shelves (cinder blocks and planks of wood).
I kept my most precious things in that corner - my books and my music (and little Smurfs in the holes of the cinder blocks). When I was 11 years old, I had a collection of childhood albums - a Shaun Cassidy, the Sound of Music, some children's television show soundtracks, and a "Disco Rocket from K-Tel. Then there were the "mix tapes".
David lived across the street. He was 23 when I was 11, and we were friends. Over the years, he made many many mix tapes for me. Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, and Cat Stevens to give you some idea of his style. But it was that first tape that remains with me. The Beatles. I think he eventually introduced me to every Beatles song ever recorded through these gifts, but those first strains of Paul McCartney's masterpiece will be forever in my mind my entree to a world of brilliant lyrics, transcendent music, and expressed emotions.
What was your first Beatles' song?
The first Beatles song I heard was "Love Me Do." I loved it. My first reaction was that they had been listening to Roy Orbison, one of my favourites. Then I heard them do "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," and I thought they ought to stick to the R&B stuff. Also, I thought they needed to pick a different name. I thought it was spelled "Beetles" and I couldn't see why anyone would name a group after insects.
I was a big fan for their first two years or so, but they lost me when they got started in the political stuff. I figured that if I wanted Politics, that's what talk radio is for, but I didn't it want it with music.
It was all Yoko's fault (grin).
I think you're right about that, although the drugs had a lot to do with it as well.
But..... but..... drugs = enlightenment, right? (hey, thanks for posting, btw) while I am quite experienced in it, it is nice to not ALWAYS be talking to myself.
To me, Drugs = Death. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix come to mind immediately. And still it goes on. So many talented people, gone. What a waste!
Steve, I am responding tongue in cheek. Sorry if I miscommunicated. I do not believe in drug use.
I got that. I know subtle humour when I see it. Every now and then I use very subtle sarcasm or understatement which puts some people off.
I wanna hold your hand was the first that I can remember, most pop music is eternally ephemeral, a situation it deserves.
The first one I remember was Norwegian Wood. It may not have been their first but I think it was the first I could relate to and the first I noticed. 1965 I guess it was. Sophomore year of high school for me.
I was never a big Beatles fan but I bought a few of their albums. I guess that was a lot for me. I didn't buy a lot of music. I never went to a Beatles concert.