1 May 2010
We can say that an iconic Beatle song is the one that can be instantly recognized (and maybe overplayed) Example, Yellow Submarine, Let it Be, etc.
Ok, here's my question. Have you ever felt soo sick of a Beatle iconic song that you stopped listening to it because it loses the meaning, and then , later. you rediscover it and you just feel like in 7th heaven when you listen to it?
It happened with Let it Be. It's a long story, so sorry..
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a special holiday in Mexico. According to our traditions, our beloved departed get a special permission from the "other side" to come here and visit us one day. So, the people in here, set up altars, and serve all the food and the drinks the departed liked, and we decorated with paper, cempazuchil (or marigold), candles and things like that. It's something truly into our genes, Mexican natives did it years before the Spanish conquest.
So to me it's really comforting to prepare my Mom's altar. We always set her up a beautiful altar, with all the food she liked. And in the morning, when I wake up and go downstairs, I smell the marigold, and the food, and I can feel she's there.
Well, so last Monday it was Dia de Muertos. And I dunno why, I started listening to Let it Be. When I was a teen, it was one of my favorites, but I have listened to it sooo many times that I was like "Oh god not again". But I don't know why in the moment Paul sang "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me" and I felt a big chill in my back, and I remembered what I read about that song, that Paul wrote it after having a dream of his Mom.
And since last Monday I'm listening to it and rediscovering the song, and how to say it?? Stripping its aura of "iconic" to be just, another great Beatle song That Means A Lot to you. And now since last Monday I feel a connection with Let it Be and my Mom.
Have you rediscovered an iconic song?
4 November 2010
I suppose I'll be the first to respond, then.
The first Beatles song that I "discovered" was "Hey Jude" by Paul McCartney on his Back in the U.S. Tour (I later found several versions of this song, but this was the first version I heard…but that's a different story) . Since this was early on in my Beatlemania, I didn't have very many recordings by them. So I listened to my small collection of songs for many, many hours a day. Pretty soon, I had collected the original version, the 2002 live recording and a mix of the two that I had made myself. All of these versions were in the same playlist: my Beatles playlist (the one I listened to, on repeat, for hourse on end). Unsurprisingly, I became rather tired of this song.
Two years later, as I was sitting desperately bored, drowsy and irritable in Science class, the lyrics popped into my head. So I started writing them down and humming them at the same time. This time, the words resonated with me. Every bit, from "take a sad song, and make it better" (I likened this to the endless review lecture my teacher was giving) to "don't carry the whole world upon your shoulders" (I was feeling rather sad and lonely at the moment) had taken on new meaning. I was also very happy with myself for remembering the lyrics after all that time!
So now whenever I'm feeling downtrodden, I just sing "Na na na NA NA, na na NA NA (yeah)…" and think of Paul McCartney and Julian Lennon.
1 May 2010
Cool story mithveaen. I sort of rediscovered In My Life not too long ago at a wedding. It's not that I was sick of the song or anything, I just hadn't heard it in a while. But we were just having a great time dancing and enjoying ourselves at my cousin's wedding, and suddenly I heard the familiar dun dun dun dun dun dun start of the song and all I could do was smile and think about the magic.
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