- Posted January 23, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
A True Beatle Legacy
Since those early days I have become a musician myself, and I travel to many countries across the world singing and playing in large Christian church meetings. When people ask me how I learned the guitar, I tell them that I had four guitar teachers at once… John, Paul, George and Ringo!
This is, in fact, true. I had a few formal guitar classes and hated them. I preferred to sit with my old, broken, nylon stringed guitar in front of our stereo, playing along to Beatle records for hours. At the time I could not afford music or chord books, so instead I had to listen and try and emulate what my idols were playing “by ear”. Even today, I can play by ear and sing every harmony of every Beatle song, from 1962 to 1970.
Over the years I built up an impressive collection of Beatle albums on vinyl (remember vinyl) and sang Beatles songs to impress all the girls at every teenage party I attended. I even learned a few songs in German, just like the Beatles did, and found that I always aligned myself with Paul, the melodious and romantic one!
The day John died I cried and cried, and played every Beatle album right through from start to finish in one sitting. I thought he deserved that at least.
Today I am 50 years old, playing every week in church worship, touring, recording and playing my own music, songs that I have written myself, and I still consider myself a huge Beatles fan! I still find myself humming the old songs and reading the old Beatle biographies from time to time. As I listen to my own songs I notice the styles and ideas of the Beatles reflected in the music and lyrics. I know that what I now create has been influenced more by the Fab Four than any other singer or musician. Whether it’s the piccolo trumpet in “Penny Lane” or the string section in “Eleanor Rigby”, the magic of the best band in the world lives on in my mind and my own music.
The legacy of the Beatles lives forever!