Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sgt. Pepper and All That

For the first time in ages, I’ve just listened to the CD of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Even though they're not in the same order as on the original album (yikes, an actual record to be played on a turntable), the songs struck me with as great an impact as the first time I heard them in the late sixties. So what if “When I’m Sixty-Four” is coming back to bite Paul McCartney in the butt? So what if I I could weep looking at the pictures of the young John and George -- and Paul and Ringo. The songs are as fresh and energetic -– I have to sing along and get up and move -– as they were then. Maybe more.

The other “album” that hits me in the gut the way much of the Beatles does is Simon & Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme. I’ll never forget the first time I heard their rendition of “Silent Night”. A friend who’d bought the record gathered a group of us and told us to shut up and listen. We did.

A flood of memories, 20-20 hindsight, and all that. Surely it all was as I remember it, right?

Comments:
The power of music is so amazing, isn't it Mardi? My parents listened to The Isley Brothers when I was a child and every time I hear those songs, I get all teary-eyed with memories (and my parents, thank God, are still alive and healthy!)

So, of course, it is all as you remembered it. :-)
 
Ah yes, Sgt. Pepper. Great album by a great band near their peak.

That does bring back memories.
 
For me, it's totally the memories those old songs bring back. It's like a certain smell, you're thrown back there and remember exactly what was going on, who you were with, how you felt, who you WERE in that long ago moment. It's like seeing an old friend again, youself!
 
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