- Posted January 30, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
I Luv Them Still today
My Beatlemania memories are not so different than millions of other grandma's today and I have many.
I heard 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' for the first time sitting in my sixth grade class room. It was very late 1963. My best friend slipped me her little transistor radio with ear plugs and whispered "Just listen"
I counted the days until February 9 1964 and the Ed Sullivan show. After that my life changed forever. There are no words to express the emotion's and pre-teen first love madness The Beatles brought in to my life.
I ate , drank , went to school and slept Beatles 24/7 a day, eight days a week. Every newspaper article, magazine, record, Beatle Card ( It was as bad as Pokey-man today) and gadget I had to have. Basically I lived in a fantasy world with the four lads from Liverpool and their girl friends, or in John's case his wife. Several times my parents grounded me from my albums when I was caught writing story's instead of doing my homework.
Fifty years is a very long time. I am grandma of six now. I have to admit my every waking hour is not about the Beatles any more. I do go off on tangents sometimes when no one else is around. I put on their music and sing to the top of my lungs. Yes I can well remember the words to every song. Sometimes I look through all my memorabilia,surf the web to see what is going , or grab one of my many books and re-read for the 100th time.
While I never saw The Beatles in concert together I have had the wonderful experience of going to two McCartney concert's in Washington DC and two Ringo Starr and his All Star Band in Atlantic City.
I think back over the years and there is so much I would like to say. There is not enough time or enough words to say what John, Paul, George and Ringo have meant in my life. Their music shaped my life in many ways. I literally grew up with them. Their music was comfort to me while my husband was serving the country overseas and lullabies to my children.
Losing John and George were devastating to me, as was to so many others. It is hard to talk about even today.
I think the thing that impressed me the most about going to Paul or Ringo's concerts today are the faces of the generations represented in the audience. Parent's, grandparents's, children and grandchildren all singing the songs we hold so dear, happy, sharing Beatlemania again.
In 2007 my children sent my husband and me to Las Vegas to see Cirque Du Soleil's "Love" at the Mirage for my 55th birthday. I will never ever forget and hope someday soon to go back and enjoy again.
I still keep up with Paul and Ringo and the kids of all four as I can. It is habit and I guess will be until I am 94.
The photos are of some of my collections. It would take forever to find all I have stored away. I wish I had been more careful with the newspaper articles and photos. They were in an old scrap book for years.
My favorite Beatle has always been John and may favorite songs are 'In My Life' and 'The Long and Winding Road'