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Getting your kids into The Beatles
8 August 2013
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Linde said

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Linde said
When I was very young my parents would often play 1 and the White Album for some reason.

Songs that stuck most with me were: She loves you, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Yellow Submarine, Eleanor Rigby (I was a dark kid), Hello Goodbye, The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill, Obladi Oblada, oh and I really liked Helter Skelter for some reason. Can you imagine a 4 year old loving Helter Skelter?

Maybe Piggies is good too, if you actually don't understand English or what it's about.

Wow, I feel old if you were listening to 1 as a kid :lol: ;-)

 

When I was little, my parents used to play their copies of the Red and Blue albums, Meet the Beatles, Something Else, AHDN and Help! (all the US Capitol versions, obviously), and Sgt. Pepper on vinyl. Also used to listen to loads of Beatles on the radio as a kid. Once the CD albums were released in 1987 I was hooked for good.

For my own kids, I just play Beatles all the time but they've loved them from the first moment I've played them for them and have known all the lyrics from 2 yrs old onward!

 

Hmm apparently I was 6 and a half when 1 was released. November 2000, wikipedia says. I thought I was even younger but apparently not. But yes, I'm only 19 so I guess that's pretty young indeed haha.

It's funny. Both my parents were actually too young to really have experienced the whole Beatlesthing too. My dad is from '61 and my mom from '65. They became fans a few years after the split up, which must have been slightly different from becoming a fan now, 40 years later.

My parents were born in the mid '50s, and it was watching Anthology with them when I was a teen was when I "got" the Beatles. Next day, Dad gave me White Album and Abbey Road on vinyl. I still have those records. brian-epstein

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8 August 2013
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My parents rarely played 'popular' music and barely acknowledged the existence of The Beatles. I may forgive them one day.

Being born in '61, I missed the Beatle thing first time around and never really cottoned on to them until Anthology so I missed that early imprinting chance with my own kids.  Am working hard to make up for it now though!  So those of you with littlies, go for it, it's never too early!  I would give any of the songs a go, maybe avoid some of the more adult lyrics, but I think their music can be accessed by any age, with your understanding and appreciation of it developing over the years.

How amazing is it that you can say that about the Beatles work?  I mean, I love my Pink Floyd, Led Zep and others but they are not something you can share with your five-year old!

 

 

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8 August 2013
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My parents played the Beatles and other 60's music as well as having LP's, cassettes and 45's so there was a wealth to choose from when growing up in the 80's and onwards. I have memories of my family watching the Anthology series and the unveiling of FAAB and RL together on ITV and playing the Beatles when on family holidays.

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8 August 2013
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My mom's oldest brother was born in 1951 and he was literally obsessed with the Beatles. He was the one who got my mom into them. He owned every album and a lot of other stuff. It's so sad he moved to the other side of the country to avoid all family, while we never had any problems with him. I always loved my uncle and I think he would be pleased if he knew I was such a big fan (plus he probably would've given some stuff to me since he threw a lot away)

18 September 2013
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If and when I have children I would like to raise them on The Beatles as well other classic rock music. However, I am always afraid what if I play too much to where they hate it?  My dad was around for Beatlemania, but my grandma would never let him go to a concert.  My mom was born in 63, so while she grew up with it, she was only a kid. My parents brought me up oldies/classic rock which I rejected for a little while until I rediscovered. 

18 September 2013
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My parents were the 'passive' type to get you into music. They wouldn't force me. They'd just tut and smirk in a sly sort of way. I had to get around music on my own, and it was only a few years ago that I well and truly "gelled" with them on the same type of music. My dad hates the Beatles, and David Bowie, and my mum like Neil Diamond….but I suppose you can't ask for everything.

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18 September 2013
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My 12 year old's favorites are I Am The Walrus, AHDN, Drive My Car….he loves them all but when these come on he turns it up LOUD. Kid's got great taste in music….a-hard-days-night-john-6

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18 September 2013
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3 here; currently 14, 19 and 21.

They have grown up listening to all my music and like the Beatles, Mike Oldfield, Bruce Springsteen and U2 the most (and ELO too).  I took them to see U2 in Sydney about 2 years ago and they loved it.  They particularly like the early Beatles movies and the Blue and Red albums.

The eldest has now moved out; since I am now in my 'rediscovering the Beatles' CDs phase the other two are currently being exposed to around 60 new CDs/DVDs of Beatles and solo stuff.

18 September 2013
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I was talking to my Mom about Beatles music on the weekend.  My Dad and her were "older" parents, but they were totally cool with music.  For a while, my Dad worked in a department store and would keep up on the best selling rock n' roll records and bring them home for us.  He & Mom weren't really into rock n' roll, but they didn't dislike it either.

My Mom share's in our enthusiasm of Beatles music and our sisterly love for Paul! heart She get's "it".  The only bad thing my parents ever said about the Beatles was they didn't "agree with their drug use" – but now my Mom knows more about pot, she doesn't think them doing that was a big deal.  But the LSD!  That's another thing! lol   I really appreciate that our parents let us explore whatever kind of music we wanted and supported us doing so.  Including the Beatles.

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19 September 2013
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I kind of wished my parents had pushed me to listen to the kind of music I'm into now at an earlier age, rather than waiting to see if I found it myself. I mean, their favourite bands are brilliant, and yet I can't ever remember my mom saying to me ''why don't you listen to this?''. Still, I'm here now. That's through no help from her though! :D

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19 September 2013
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My parents never said listen to this, there was just a load of cassettes and vinyl that we would go pick out if they had interesting covers (proof that all that album design does matter). There were also a few cassettes that were played on holiday journeys but my dad would just put those on (the ones I distinctly remember are three Beatles (Pepper, 20 Greatest Hits (UK) and Love Songs) and a compilation called Sixties Mania). At some point a load of great 45's, things like Ride A White Swan and The House That Jack Built, disappeared. My brothers and I have tried to find them but never succeeded.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
19 September 2013
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trcanberra said
3 here; currently 14, 19 and 21.

They have grown up listening to all my music and like the Beatles, Mike Oldfield, Bruce Springsteen and U2 the most (and ELO too).  I took them to see U2 in Sydney about 2 years ago and they loved it.  They particularly like the early Beatles movies and the Blue and Red albums.

The eldest has now moved out; since I am now in my 'rediscovering the Beatles' CDs phase the other two are currently being exposed to around 60 new CDs/DVDs of Beatles and solo stuff.

 

U2? Eh I met Larry, Bono and Adam, I'm not a U2 fan though, met them when I was working in Dublin at The Sound Studio. Got the autographs for my Dad, they're hanging next to his Queen autographs :)

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21 September 2013
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I have two lovely daughters, age 8 and 10. They loved listening to these songs, Twist n' Shout and Obladi Oblada. They keep on playing those songs and they dance and dance and dance until they get tired. Very playful girls. I really love them a lot.

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21 September 2013
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I can just imagine what would happen if a 5-year-old walked into his classroom and began singing

"Everybody had a hard year
Everybody had a good time
Everybody had a wet dream"

 

21 September 2013
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cbatcu said
I can just imagine what would happen if a 5-year-old walked into his classroom and began singing

"Everybody had a hard year
Everybody had a good time
Everybody had a wet dream"

 

a-hard-days-night-paul-9Lord only knows what would happen the way schools are now a days. 

21 September 2013
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sky090909 said

cbatcu said
I can just imagine what would happen if a 5-year-old walked into his classroom and began singing

"Everybody had a hard year
Everybody had a good time
Everybody had a wet dream"

 

a-hard-days-night-paul-9Lord only knows what would happen the way schools are now a days. 

One year back in the late 90's when I taught 3rd grade, I had a really smart class. We had to spend about 30 minutes at the beginning of each school day reading to them. I had a bright class that  year, and they became bored with the recommended third-grade books. So, I decided to read Tom Sawyer to them. By the third day, enough of the students had bought or checked out enough copies that they could all double up and read along. That was somewhat of an uh-oh because I had been sanitizing some of the language as I read it out loud. When we got to the part where Tom and Becky are lost in the cave, Marcus blurts out in a very suggestive voice, "I know what I would be doing with Becky if I had her alone in that cave." What could I do?!?! I just ignored him and kept reading.

21 September 2013
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Good thing you stayed on track. a-hard-days-night-george-10

23 September 2013
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This is a question about introducing your kids or anyone else to the Beatles or any other group/singer.

Should you start someone off with the group's #1 songs? Or, if possible, do you think it would be better to let them hear complete albums (and possibly singles), and let them decide what songs they like most before they hear what other people picked out as their favorites (ie #1s)? If they get used to hearing the #1s, their ears and minds may be drawn to those songs if/when they get to hear the regular albums.

My husband had only listened to the Beatles 1 album. When he heard "Got To Get You Into My Life", he said, "You mean to tell me that wasn't a #1 song?" He was miffed.

My mom's favorite Beatles song is Ob La Di, Ob La Da. I might have lost her if she had only listened to the 1 album.

24 September 2013
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^ I think albums are good, and unless they are living under a pile of rocks they will have heard a few 'hits' from most artists.

When we have some time my daughter and I sit down and listen to an album chosen by the other – it is great to spend the time together and get exposed to some 'new' music, whatever year it came from.  We then have a good chat about what we liked, and didn't like so much.

24 September 2013
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Me and my mom have gone few her record collection a few times, and it has always been really interesting. Some things I haven't liked at all, and others I've absolutely loved. This was how I listened to 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' for the first time (I'm now a big PF fan), and Dave Brubeck and similar artists to him (I'm now something of a Jazz fan, particularly Blues-orientated).

It's a great experience to share with your children/parent, I think. And if you get them to like really good music, then that is even better!

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

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