A Conversation for Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band
Wyatt Started conversation Jun 1, 2006
I am writing an entry on Rubber Soul:
Alfredo Posted Jun 2, 2006
Thanks for your reply.
At this moment I'm writing a story, so I cannot read something else.
But I'll surely read it in the coming weeks and I'm looking forward to the fact that Í can write about my love for this album.
NPY Posted Jun 4, 2006
Had a wee look. Article looks good. Rubber Souls's got some great songs on it.
Michael Posted Jun 4, 2006
Wyatt Posted Jun 5, 2006
Alfredo Posted Jun 24, 2006
Why I love that album so much, I ask myself.
The first reason is - like most of us when we are young - te age when you did hear it for the first time.
When you're young (- - 25) life experiences are far more intensive then later on. And later on we do not experience thing like first time sex, etc.
For me, this is all very true,when I was so happy about my first loves and real first love. There also was an American girl who always got a big smile on her face when she opened the door for me at her house. We kissed when we were alone and it was Norwegian wood we listened to. It all was a short period, but not in my/our emotional landscape, so to speak.
And although "Yesterday" was not part of this specific album, I still want to quote from my Music Memory Gallery around 2003. Project has been cancelled after one year.
When I was five years old, my four year old sister, Astrid, died of leukaemia. Because of this and a number of other reasons I became a loner as a child.
In my family we were about the first to wear long hair and listen to the Stones, Beatles etc. When I heard the music of the Beatles it was for me an experience like drinking water in the desert; the warm melodies, the vivid lyrics with some melancholy (I'll follow the sun/every little thing/ you've got to hide your love away/things we said today/I'll cry instead/tell me what you see/I've just seen a face; all songs that evolved more and more as the Beatles went on.
But in 1965 I – at home – heard for the first time the poetic, melancholic song Yesterday with lines as ; "I'm not half the man I used to be, there's a shadow hanging over me, oh yesterday came suddenly". Not realizing how deep the wounds inside were, I felt understood and uplifted. More and more the Beatles became like friends/brothers to me, although I was (and am) too self-willed to hang any photo of anyone in my room. For me, 'being a fan' was that I let myself be inspired by musicians and not becoming a clone. But the friendship within the Beatles was for me also inspiring; "it did exist, and how colourful".
So, at high school in Amsterdam, some teachers knew I loved the Beatles and liked to sing Yesterday a capella. And every time, when I was thrown out of class I walked around the school through the long corridors, along other classes. On many occassions my English teacher would ask me to come into his classroom and sing Yesterday. Every time I sang it with great pleasure, forgetting half the lyrics and sometimes singing much to high (without giving up), but I enjoyed it very much and so did some of the people listening.
Now my daughter lives in New York and has her own modern dance group and sometimes I am allowed to inspire her with the music of the Beatles; it fits in her sunshine character. The last one I played down the phone to her was Dear Prudence.
Their music is very dear to me, but I hardly ever talk about it and listen to it a few hours in a year or two. I cherish it in my heart and the songs found their own way, far away from 1965-1975. With many thanks to The British pop culture.
Alfredo, Amsterdam, 2001". End Quote
The second reason is the content of the music itself. It is said, that rubbel soul was the most "folky album" of the Beatles.
Norwegian wood and I'm looking thgrough you were/are fantastic,
but most of all, I like(d) the song "girl". A warm, melancholic song with fresh instrument from Greece.
A few years ago Paul said to the press, that the public never discovered one datail from Girl. It's the singing in the background,
"tit,tit, tit, tit,tit,tit, tit, tit,tit,tit, tit, tit,tit,tit".
I think, when this is new for you, you'll know now.
The picture at the album I liked very much, aswell as the title.
When I had to choose, Rubber Soul would be the one.
I'll go listen to it, right now. I hardly listen to their music,
because t has become part of my interior in my heart.
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