Thursday, June 28, 2012
Seeing The "Beatles"
I thought I'd do a fun post that connects to the Baby "Boomers" part of my blog. Hope some of you can relate.
We were going to Lexington, Mi. for dinnner and then to see a free concert in the park of the Beatles' music. Rain threatened and we weren't even sure that our two hour trip would be worth the trouble. But, we were ventursome so we headed out to get our place on the lawn as the skies cleared. I had pictured many musicians on stage playing tunes, even without words because that was what we got last year. Even that wold be great. Was I surprised when John, Paul, George, and Ringo walked onstage in the form of a band called The BackBeats.
They started right in playing one of my favorites, "I Want to Hold Your Hand." We were close enough that we could see pretty well, but far enough away so that the faces didn't show. All of the mannerisms that Paul and George had on stage, the way they went apart and came together with their heads over the mike, the way John stood with his feel apart, knees bent, the way Ringo hit the drums with the stick sideways while slightly shaking his head - well it was amazing.
Unless you were about the age of a 17 year old girl when the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, you would have no idea how that moment felt to me when they broke into that song. Of course I was a huge fan until they went into their "hippy dippy" phase. No, these Beatles wore suits and had the famous mop-top hairdos. Music wise, they were great. The boys individually sounded quite a lot like their counterparts. George was an especially good singer I thought.
The group came back after break with other outfits and they played later music. It was all good. I kept up with the Beatles' music for a long time after I "got over them." This was a little fantasy trip where I got to go back and visit one of the best times when I was young and silly. It was fab. I'd give it a four.