I have never known life without The Beatles.
They arrived in America 9 months before I was born. The first song I could sing all the words to was Hey Jude at age 4. Instead of checking books out of the library, I would check out Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band. I was going to marry Paul McCartney. One of the first albums I bought with my own money was The Beatles Rock N Roll Music. For my 8th Grade Graduation I got tickets to see Beatlemania from my parents. I never missed "Beatles Week" on the ABC 3:30 movie. I cried when John died. My first cell phone's ring tone was "Blackbird". My last cell phone's ring tone was "All You Need is Love". I have visited Strawberry Fields 3 times. I happened to find myself caught behind George's police escort to the airport after he died. I saw Paul for the first time in November 2007. I have seen The Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage in Las Vegas, twice. Today I saw Across the Universe. It is becasue of this film that I was inspired to share my love for The Beatles.
There is no other musical influence that has had such a huge impact on my life, still to this day. I would listen to The Beatles alone in my room, pouring over the lyrics in my Complete Beatles Lyric book I ordered from Scholastic at school in 5th grade. As I am writing this, Paul is watching over me from his button attached to the bulletin board in front of me. What I am trying to impress upon you, is that, The Beatles are a huge influence in my life.
I couldn't even pick a favorite Beatles song. I couldn't even make a Beatles playlist on my iPod, I do have all the Beatles songs on my iPod though. But there is one Beatles song that makes me VERY emotional every time I hear it, and this is why... A few years ago I was having a tough time emotionally, I felt alone and had made some mistakes with some relationships. Then I had this short but vivid dream. My Grandma and her sister (both who have passed away) "visited" me one night. In this dream I was setting up for some event in this big tent. My Grandma and her sister were there to see me, they knew I was unhappy. My Grandma told me to always remember, "All You Need is Love", love is all there is. I began to cry and woke up at that moment still crying. I understood immediately. It is the truth and my Grandma visited me to remind me of that. My Grandma was the epitome of LOVE, and I know she visited me in my dream to remind me of this. When I am feeling a bit blue, I hear that song in my head, because all you need is love. Love is all you need.