It’s Sunday, and quite a lazy one, so maybe you’d like to watch a video or three. I’ve been thinking about the Beatles quite a bit recently. I suppose they’re always bouncing around my mind somewhere. I think most people would agree they all did their best work when they were together in the ’60s, but lest anyone is under the impression that they dried up after the split, here are videos by three of them to dispel that myth. As for Ringo, he is as creative now as he ever was. (I hope that was tactful). And he’s in Paul’s video playing the drums in that way of his.
I find “Love” one of John Lennon’s most attractive songs, probably because it’s so unassuming, arguably uncharacteristically so. “Imagine” often strikes me as trite, but songs like this one, with its tenderness and lyrical simplicity, remind me what Lennon was about in his later years. “Peace and love,” as Ringo likes to say (and if you liked that, please watch this). This video uses a rather crackly transfer of the recording. I’m posting it because I like crackly recordings (and because YouTube won’t let me embed the other ones).
George was always my favourite Beatle. I like quiet people. What a cheering song this is, and not just because of that second in the video where George smiles and you feel he is smiling at you personally, or because of the bizarre range of animals he appears with. I still miss him.
Ah, Paul. He may not be the finest poet in the world, but he knows what to do with a circle of fifths. And who can resist a song containing the lyric:
You and me together, nothing feels so good,
Even if I get a medal from my local neighbourhood.