Okay, I confess, I never liked them, and I still don’t. I know that’s heretical in music lover circles. “You don’t like the Beatles!!” I’ve been to song writing seminars and people just stare at me aghast when I state my viewpoint. Sorry, it is what it is. I mean some of John Lennon’s lyrics are pretty cool. But Paul McCartney, I don’t get. Take for example, the song “Band On The Run”. What does it mean?? “A bell was ringing in the village square for the rabbits on the run”. Huh?? What the hell does that mean??? Does it mean anything? Does anyone care?
And even though I like some of their lyrics, especially Lennon’s, there’s something below the surface, a thread of arrogance that runs through their music. It seems to say: “We are the Beatles, and we are it”. And that totally turns me off. I know professional musicians must have a certain amount of ego, but the Beatles turned it up a notch. Or maybe it’s just a British attitude that’s alien to my American mind. I don’t know, but I just really don’t like them.
Maybe it’s more to do with me than the Beatles. I’ve always been a bit of a renegade. When the whole world’s heading one direction, I’m stealthily sliding off somewhere else. It’s been a lifelong desire to be different, or maybe to just be myself, except that that usually means being different from the crowd. I truly don’t care what the crowd thinks, and for the most part, I think that’s good. Sometimes not so much, I must admit.
So, time to come out of the closet…any other Beatle haters out there?