Letter: Partial to the less-popular songs
Meet The Beatles was released around the time of their arrival in the United States. I don’t recall a lot about the actual visit – a young girl at the airport, so overcome with emotion that she fainted into the arms of a friend; watching them perform on The Ed Sullivan Show; news coverage of mobs of fans. But I loved the album and listened to it nonstop for quite a while.
I now feel very much as I did then about the songs on their first album, and on many of their albums: The songs that became popular worldwide, i.e. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “All My Loving,” sounded amateurish to me. But the less-popular “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” “P.S. I Love You” and “Baby, It’s You,” I enjoyed much more. The slower and “quieter” songs showed off their guitar skills and their voices. Throughout the years I have acquired most of their albums or cassettes or CDs, or burned my own CDs from iTunes. I feel as though I watched young men with halfway-decent talent develop into musical geniuses. Almost all singers and instrumentalists of all genres today were directly influenced by the Beatles, and/or have covered one or more of the Beatles’ compositions. What a tribute!
I attended a Paul McCartney concert in Worcester, Mass., some years ago. I sat with a friend in the far reaches of the nosebleed section, and Sir Paul looked to be about the size of a dime. It didn’t matter, because his presence was huge. There was no guest act, no comedy routine, only great music. He can still hold his own.