Beatles Being Beatles

I have written about the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and how he understood the concept of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

One of the examples I cited in that post was the Beatles.  Their individual talents were good but when they were combined they achieved something greater than any one of them could have ever achieved as a solo artist.

Today I thought I would once more write about the Beatles.

The Beatles were a huge influence on my music and my life.  They set me and just about every musician from my generation on the path of a musical journey.

One day I was flipping around the TV channels looking for something to watch as I was getting ready to practice.  I know I shouldn’t do this but I grew up with the TV as a companion, so when I do my rudiments I sit and watch.  I’m really not watching, it’s just a comforting background visual.

As I was searching for something tolerable to use as a background I came upon “A Hard Day’s Night”.  It was just starting.  I had to watch it.

I loved it when I was ten or eleven.  That’s when I first saw it on TV.  I was only seven when it was first released but there was no way my parents were going to take a seven year old to see a Beatle’s movie.

Now five decades later it still sucks me in.  I can’t help but watch it.

One of the things that drew me into the movie and the band then and now, besides the music, was it always looked like they were having so much fun.  I believe they did.

Whenever I saw them playing on TV or in any of their movies they looked like they having a ball.  It looked like it would be a real blast to hang out with them.

As I watched the movie, I thought the reason this movie was and still is so successful is because you had a director who understood just let the Beatles be the Beatles.

Then I thought about the plethora of Elvis movies.  Why don’t I watch them?  What turns me off to the Elvis movies?

Maybe because it feels like they never allowed Elvis to be Elvis.

I always felt like Elvis movies were just simple exploitation of the name.

Was Elvis really like some, if not most of the cheesy, arrogant characters he portrayed?  I like to think not.

Watch The Beatles in “A Hard Day’s Night” or “Help” and tell me you wouldn’t want to pal around with these guys.  In these two films they played themselves, at least I believe that, and I loved both the movies.

Elvis made thirty one films and I really wonder if we ever saw the true Elvis in any of them.

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