The Beatles Never Made Me Cry. Until Now
The Beatles never made me cry. Until now.
I was not one of those screaming teens sobbing and beating their chest when the Fab Four performed their magic. Oh of course I sang danced and acted like someone on massive amounts of caffeine, but cry no.
I thought Eleanor Rigby was a sad song. What the hell did I know? I was a kid, merely in my teens when they hit the big time and took over the music world. I knew nothing because I hadn’t lived.
Now I see the song for what it is, true poetry. Sad, poignant and frighteningly true.
I am not a teen any longer; in fact so far from it I’d need a telescope to view my teens years again, so now I get it.
My question is, how did they?
The Beatles were young when they wrote their songs. How did they understand old age, loneliness and death?
Yes, I know John had the soul of a true artist. I still have his first book, but to understand the sadness that comes with the end of a lifetime, truly remarkable. I guess Paul was not just another pretty face because
I can’t listen to yesterday without crying now, but I imagine when you own so many yesterdays, you see things differently.
This is not intended as a mushy love letter by a star-struck fan, but a quiet revelation, like noticing a crocus on a warm spring day.
The new movie about them, Yesterday, speaks to their music and is less about them as to what they bestowed on the world. One can cast if off as a fun evening at the movies, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a reminder of genius, quality, poetry, and of a contribution to mankind that is always underestimated by those who undervalue the power of music and the arts. Perhaps too many of us need the reminding.
Of course the charisma of the Beatles can never be brought back without them as the carriers. We watch an award show when Sir Paul or Sir Ringo are marched out to receive a lifetime achievement award and there is the obligatory standing ovation. But the mystique, the energy, the grace that made them who and what they were can never be recaptured.
Their music is their legacy. Words like “all the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong” or “yesterday all my troubles seem so far away,” or “let it be,” or George Harrison’s love song to God, “My Sweet Lord,” even his uplifting “Here comes the sun,” filled with a hope and innocence we all wish we could recapture.
The beauty of the Beatles songs is they are uncomplicated and pure. There is no small talk, no complex meaning, just truth. It is life, truth and the human condition set to music.
And the world loved it. There is a reason why everyone everywhere craved more and was so touched by the depth of their message.
They reached other human beings in a way that was instant and universal.
Yes, I was a fan, but now I’m much more. I hear their music the way I view a Monet or a Picasso, or hear Bach. Perfect and complete.
And now I must go listen to “Dr. Pepper” while I clean the house, hopefully it will energize me some.
White Chocolate Peppermint Mandelcotti (Okay, so I made up the word
A mandel bread/biscotti Christmas and Chanukah recipe A Share the love special!
1 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
3 1/4 cups flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1 cup white chocolate
½ cup very finely chopped peppermint candy for inside recipe
¼ to ½ cup finely chopped peppermint for the topping
1 cup melted white chocolate for drizzling on top of cookies
Place oil and sugar in mixing bowl and mix well. Add eggs and mix until well until incorporated. Add extracts and mix.
Add baking powder and salt to flour and mix through
Add flour to wet ingredients in ¼ cups until done. Check for consistency. If dough is too wet add small amounts of flour until the dough has some body and isn’t loose.
Add white chocolate and peppermint and mix through.
Divide dough into four parts and form them into long rolls and place them on parchment paper.
Bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes and check for doneness.
They will probably crack and be light brown on edges when done
Lower oven to 200 degrees
Let cookies sit for five minutes and cut into slanted slices. Separate them and place on baking sheet and bake until they are toasty to the touch, the longer in the oven the crunchier they will be so it’s a matter of taste. I like them to have a bit of softness left inside.
Let cool and melt chocolate.
Drizzle over cookies and then top with crushed peppermint while chocolate is still melty.
To give it a more holiday feel you can alternate the crushed peppermint on the top and use both green and red peppermint for a more Christmassy look.