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Let It Be

The Beatles. The greatest rock band in history, bar none. John Lennon couldn’t scream with the wounded, primal ferocity of Kurt Cobain or Janis Joplin. Paul McCartney couldn’t sing with the soothing, mellifluous baritone voice of Eddie Vedder, Jim Morrison or Bono Vox. George Harrison couldn’t play the guitar with the virtuoso ability of David Gilmour, Eric Clapton or Jimmy Hendrix. Ringo Starr, in his best day, couldn’t shine the shoes of John Bonham or David Grohl. But put the four of them together in a room and no one could stand in their way. No one. Not the Rolling Stones, not the Who, not Led Zeppelin. No one.


I went to the musical “Let it Be” with very low expectations, but quite surprisingly, it proved to be a cathartic, almost transcendental experience. The songs allowed me to revisit people and places I had not seen in a long time and remember that there is a lot more to life than the mindless rat race of a permanently hectic metropolis such as London.


In fact, when I consider the meaning of my own existence on this planet, there is a Beatles song for almost every moment. And there is a very good reason why so many other fans could say the same. During the span of only 10 years, the Beatles explored the full spectrum of human emotion, a feat that every artist aspires to accomplish, but something that very few actually do.


When I was a kid, it was the simple, albeit beautifully crafted melodies and harmonies that captured my attention. As I grew older, it was the layered meaning of the lyrics that enticed my heart. Bearing this in mind, I’ve decided to share one such song that I would like to dedicate to all the loved ones I haven´t seen in a while, but whom I will always carry in my heart, wherever God may lead me.

In My Life

There are places I'll remember

All my life, though some have changed

Some forever, not for better

Some have gone and some remain

All these places have their moments

With lovers and friends I still can recall

Some are dead and some are living

In my life, I've loved them all

PS - In my life, I still love you all.


©2017 by Andre Lamartin