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Your Favorite Beatle, And Why
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I haven't posted here yet...?

George, George, George forever heart

(Also Paul on odd days of the week. But mostly George.)

Too tired/lazy to post why right now ahdn_george_08

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11 July 2018
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Poor old Paul seems to get a little more embarrassing with each passing year. Some of the comments appear to typecast them still - sharp, edgy one, cute perfectionist, quiet spiritual one, lovable clown, etc. We don't really know them - John once said Paul was the most cynical person he'd ever known, but you would never think it looking at "public" Paul. Some have expressed predictable disdain for the Beatles' appeal to teenage girls but I don't see why the musical tastes of young girls count for less than anybody elses. Looks and image did matter in the early days and together with the music it was the reason why Beatlemania took off. Looking at their early interviews on YouTube, George was just as talkative as the others, and Paul thoughtful and considered, but fame, adulation and drugs changed all of them. After they split, they seemed to become a little too self-important and preachy. I guess if I had a favourite it would probably be Ringo - he always seemed above it from the start.

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I don't know, I have found there are many vocal Paul and Ringo fans on this site. However, it does seem that 'the dead ones' get a little bit lifted up by virtue of being dead. (Which is of course silly but it's also human nature, to value something especially after you don't have it anymore.)

Paul is my very close second favourite, and I don't think that would be any different if he were dead and George were not. But at the end of the day I love 'em all.

Edit: Still haven't posted why yet...! a-hard-days-night-john-6

George just appeals to me, I think partly because he reminds me of myself a bit. A great friend, generous as heck, but don't catch him on a bad day. ahdn_george_06 I also find his nerdy obsession with plants (I like botany) and racing rather charming, and his sense of humour was just off the wall, as anyone who's ever seen his Pythonised music videos will know. I also love his music, of course -- I like his solo/post-Beatles stuff a little more than I like the others' (only slightly more than Paul's but Paul has SO MUCH STUFF to get through, I've only heard a small fraction of it -- George's modest ~dozen albums are a little more approachable). His guitar style is so minimalist but tasteful -- I've never heard anyone play slide guitar like he, everyone else is either playing country or blues but he was just playing Harrislide. And I do like his singing; his voice was highly distinctive/recognisable, and very appealing in the right setting. He wasn't a strong vocalist but he was a fine singer.

Paul's just a great guy -- in fact, I had a dream about him last night in which I was watching some thing he did and saying 'He's like the coolest nerdy granddad ever' a-hard-days-night-george-9 which is pretty accurate. (Seeing him with his kids warms the cockles o' me wee Beatley heart. heart) ahdn_ringo_09 He's also an incredible musician/songwriter and it's almost criminal how many things he's good at -- solid melodies, bass (melodies there too!), keyboards, guitar (his fingerpicking skills are underrated), and last but not least his SINGING -- all five or ten of them. He's got a seemingly endless range of voices. paul-mccartney

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I read recently where somebody had read a book/article about British children aged between 10 and 17 in the 1950s whose mothers had died. I too have read this, but like this person, I just can't remember what it was or who wrote it. Anyway this person went on to remark that nearly all of these adults said that their mother's death made them feel emotionally closed or locked in, and that Paul McCartney himself said that he had put a shell around him when his mother died when he was fourteen. Many people have said of Paul that he was the easiest to know on the surface but hardest to know in the long run. Whenever he is interviewed he always talks a lot but never actually says anything, and seems anxious if out of his comfort zone. With the other three Beatles maybe you get what you see more, I don't know, but psychologically Paul seems such a strange person. He seems to have an incessant need to feel loved and admired but he is not a shallow man. He was once one of the coolest young guys on the planet, and probably too good looking for his own good, but from about the mid 70s onwards few people have actually admitted to liking him, despite the fairer critical reappraisal he has received over the last 20 years or so. He appears to be very impressionable at times for some reason. Personally I think he performed a colossal act of self-injury, and was seriously misled by his inlaws, when he took out the lawsuit to end the Beatles (I don't blame him for the breakup, they were all responsible). I don't think he really ever recovered from this, as the Beatles meant everything to him, more so than for the others I think. 

On a slightly different note, much has been said about George's spiritualism. I always feel a little circumspect about this, because to be fair, while I think that it meant a great deal to George and it was very important to him, he didn't have the childhood trauma that the others went through. I don't think the others were/are any less spiritual at all, but perhaps found it a lot harder for certain religious concepts to appeal because of what happened to them.

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GEORGE!
Why?
I love the person very much. I am impressed and inspired by his spirituality,and the way he was expressing it through songs , interviews,and way of life.
I love his voice,the vibrations,the sound of his voice,the rhythm of his talking..so calm and peaceful.Love also his self awareness.
And of course  his amazing music,his divine slide guitar,and almost ALL his songs.
All songs with a meaning  much deeper than ,hey babe ,i want you,love you,you left me,what i am going to do..etc..
To me,the majority of his songs are gems.
Having said this,i must confess that i love the Beatles as a band too much,they were magical and absolutely unique!!!
And as George said once,the BEATLES will continue to exist even without us...

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Saltie said
I recently read on another website where a commenter had read a book/article about British children aged between 10 and 17 in the 1950s whose mothers had died. It struck a chord with me because I too have read this, but like this person, I just can't remember what it was or who wrote it. Anyway this commenter went on to remark that nearly all of these adults said that their mother's death made them feel emotionally closed or locked in, and that Paul himself said that he had put a shell around him when his mother died when he was 14. So many people have said of Paul that he was the easiest to know on the surface but hardest to know in the long run. Whenever he is interviewed he always talks a lot but never actually says anything, and seems anxious if out of his comfort zone. With the other three Beatles maybe you get what you see more, I don't know, but psychologically Paul seems such a strange person. He seems to have an incessant need to feel loved and admired, and to have excitement; from the days of Wings to even now he lives on the surface of life with endless tours and parties etc. but he is most definitely not a shallow person. His behaviour towards the women in his life has been complex and confusing and just not normal, cruel even, but he is obviously a kind man. Paul was once the coolest young guy on the planet, and probably too good looking for his own good, but from about the mid 70s onwards few people have actually admitted to liking him despite the much fairer critical reappraisal he has received over the last 20 years or so. I find it very, very sad. I also think he is very impressionable at times for some reason. Personally I think he performed a colossal act of self-injury, and was seriously misled by his inlaws when he took out the lawsuit to end the Beatles (and no, I don't blame him for the breakup, they were all responsible). I don't think he really ever recovered from this, as the Beatles just meant everything to him, more so than for the others I think. 

On a slightly different note, much has been said about George's spiritualism. I always feel a little circumspect about this, because to be fair, while I think that it meant a great deal to George and it was very important to him, he didn't have the childhood trauma that the others went through. I don't think the others were/are any less spiritual at all, but perhaps found it a lot harder for certain religious concepts to appeal because of what happened to them.  

Great analysis of Paul! 

As for the George bit, personally I feel the various labels people attach to The Beatles do them a disservice because the reality is they were much more complicated people. In George's case, spirituality was a life-long struggle for him, and I believe the reason he delved furthest into it was because being a Beatle in itself was deeply traumatic for him. Since he had the most normal childhood he wasn't prepared for something so life-changing. Of course none of them could be, but the others had to grow up fast.

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My favourite Beatle is George for a lot of reasons. His personality, music, and story resonated with me the most, and his impact on me has been bigger than The Beatles. I'm not a religious person, but I have a much greater appreciation for the concept of God thanks to him, and he has made me less afraid of death.

I'm generally an anxious person as well, so his music has meant a lot to me in that regard.

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