Imagine a world with no Beatles to love,

The joy that they bring, as we sing

Obla-di obla-da life goes on,

What would we do without their songs,

With all of those memories stitched to those tunes,

Our lives would be poorer, that is for sure.

I watched the movie ‘Yesterday’ today and I can’t stop thinking about it. If you don’t know the film, it’s about a failing singer song writer who becomes the only person to remember who the Beatles are after a worldwide power cut.

It sounds a bit silly, but it really touched me and I think it’s because I have so many fond memories of The Beatles being played.

My family all hail from Liverpool so my dad, in particular, is a huge Beatles fan. I think I’ve only seen my dad cry once, but I know that he did cry on the day John Lennon died. I was brought up on the Beatles and I know all of the lyrics and I have since I was about six years old.

When I was about eight we used to go to a caravan club and whenever my parents were hosting the weekend we always put on a scouse night. We would make a big vat of scouse and play Beatles records well into the night.

And then when my cousin got married she had a brass band play All You Need Is Love as they walked back down the aisle as a married couple (a lot like Keira Knightley’s wedding in Love, Actually).

These are so of my favourite memories in life, and they are all linked to these records. They form a kind of patchwork of my life, a whole story in songs. If you haven’t already seen Yesterday, make sure you do.

Much Love

Rachel xx

6 thoughts on “yesterday

  1. Margot Kinberg

    It sounds like a great film, Rachel! I grew up loving the Beatles, too! Their songs are woven into my memories. In fact, my husband and I danced to Here, There, and Everywhere for our wedding song. And one of the highlights of my life was a few years ago when we saw Paul McCartney in concert – what a night! I think the Beatles are a part of our collective selves, if that makes sense.

  2. Dave Williams

    I really enjoyed “Yesterday” as well … and it also provoked thinking for a couple days, “What if the Beatles didn’t exist?” Goes to show us how much of an impact they had. A few days ago, my neighbors were leaving their house and I was doing yard work, so we chatted for a short bit. The 2-year-old boy was wearing a Yellow Submarine t-shirt, and his dad said he constantly sings that song. I love that 🙂

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