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What Beatles songs taught me
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15 October 2012
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fabfouremily
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I agree with John- the Beatles were just a band- but that isn't to say that they weren't amazing, controversial, challenging, spiritual, funny, gorgeous, intelligent etc etc....

They were just a band, but they were the biggest and best band the world will ever know (but you knew that anyway).

What have I learnt from them?

Music can be political, critical, instructive or making a comment on society- but it can still be awesome music which is great to listen to and enjoy

I've learnt about other types of music- baroque, 50's Rock 'N' Roll, heavy metal- and other types of art- avant-gaurde, Yoko-type art- all of which influenced the Beatles or were influenced by them

That geniuses don't produce works of genius all the time, but they're still geniuses- in my opinion, Magical Mystery Tour isn't any good, but of course it doesn't stop the Beatles being incredible, and it doesn't take a shine off any of the other fantastical things they did

That people change. People fall out. People get divorced. People forgive. People don't forgive. People make mistakes. People remain bitter. People get left behind. People don't sort out their differences before its too late. People die. That's life. You get one chance, and you'd better enjoy it while you can and just live

And finally, I've learnt that SHE LOVES YOU YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!

"I don't think we were actually swimming, as it were, with shirts on, 'cos we always wear overcoats when we're swimming,"-

George Harrison, Australia, June 1964

21 October 2012
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Wildcat
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What a great Topic, with some equally interesting replies.

The songs and musical contributions of The Beatles continues, to this day, to teach and provide new insights, redefine old aesthetics, and repeatedly confound the most intimately-knowledgeable Beatles’ student or scholar, through as many varied and complicated reasons as there are people who love their music.

For me specifically, I can only answer this question one way: from my earliest memories of hearing music, through a childhood obsession with pop and rock music extending far beyond the Fab Four; to the discoveries I still make today, though not nearly as often as I used to.

I can say without hesitation that had I never been exposed to any of this 'other' musical history, I’ve been around long enough to be aware that virtually everything I ever needed to learn about music is right there in the collected body of The Beatles released music, meaning that from their first single to the very last recorded song before their official breakup after ‘Abbey Road’, is about the most complete musical education as any aspiring artist could receive.

So many individual Beatles songs have taught me so much throughout my life about so many things, some ridiculously trivial and others that saved my life. But this is about the best way I know how to describe the cumulative effect.

What style(s) of music do they not interpret, or incorporate, into their collective work? Classical, Country, Jazz, Blues, Soul; every musical instrument created, be it keyboards, or strings, horns or harpsicords/woodwinds? Vocal harmonies that equal or go beyond the best Beach Boys / Everly Brothers / Queen opuses? 

You should follow up this Topic with 'What Beatles Songs Can Teach You'. (Lesson #1: delete all replies from Wildcat that give way much more information than anyone needs to read)

22 October 2012
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(Yay first post! xD)
I think the most significant things I've learned from The Beatles are that material possessions really aren't important,and that things change-
All Things Must Pass. George's solo stuff helps with that too,hence the reference. a-hard-days-night-george-10

I also learned how to deal with being told to stay behind in class,although I haven't figured out how I'm going to get a silver hammer yet.

"When I was about twelve, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody's noticed. If there is such a thing as a genius...I am one, and if there isn't, I don't care." -John
22 October 2012
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23 October 2012
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Dipsy
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Welcome to the forum, Mother Nature's Son and Moop! a-hard-days-night-george-9 Have an apple each. a-hard-days-night-george-10 apple01&apple01

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."
23 October 2012
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Yesterday it was pouring it down with rain and everybody was like ''Oh, my washing´s out'', ''Oh, bang go my plans for this afternoon'' and I´m like ''if the rain comes they run and hide their heads they might as well be dead. Rain, I don't mind. The world looks fine.''

Yep, The Beatles even taught me to love the ''bad'' weather.

Moving along in our God given ways, safety is sat by the fire/Sanctuary from these feverish smiles, left with a mark on the door.

(Passover - I. Curtis)

23 October 2012
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fabfouremily said
Yesterday it was pouring it down with rain and everybody was like ''Oh, my washing´s out'', ''Oh, bang go my plans for this afternoon'' and I´m like ''if the rain comes they run and hide their heads they might as well be dead. Rain, I don't mind. The world looks fine.''

Yep, The Beatles even taught me to love the ''bad'' weather.

Isn't that the truth! I've definitely learned to see the beauty in everything.

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