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.