My favorite songs among The Beatles classics help me survive low times and share in the celebration of happy moments.
Without music, I couldn’t write. I couldn’t be happy. I couldn’t be sad. I wouldn't work out. I couldn’t live. I'm never without an artist, song or album to complement my mood, understand my pain or brighten my day. The Beatles are therapeutic. The Beatles sing simple truths and feel like home. The Beatles are timeless and legendary and rightfully so. Among all of The Beatles greatest hits are five Beatles tunes that either light my path through dark times or make me smile.
Good Day Sunshine
I live in a state that seems to be sunny 365 days a year, and sometimes I just feel like I’d do anything to escape the sunshine. Play “Good Day Sunshine” and the sunshine suddenly makes me laugh—because “I need to laugh, and when the sun is out, I’ve got something I can laugh about.” “God Day Sunshine” is like a charming salutation and pick-me-up that feels like a carefree day in the park wearing the perfect sundress with pockets.
Blackbird is the sweet melodies of despair, hopelessness and resilience. Like a rainbow after the rain, resilience follows hopelessness. “Blackbird singing in the dead of night. Take these broken wings and learn to fly.” No matter how dead or broken we may feel, like a blackbird, we have innate courage to sing and fly.
Here Comes The Sun
“Here Comes The Sun” is one of the top Beatles songs because of its simple melody and message that after a “long, cold, lonely winter,” little darling, the sun will shine again. Gloomy, gray clouds break, ice slowly melts and the rigid air warms as the winter turns to spring. For any little darling, “Here Comes The Sun” is a sweet jingle that reminds us life is full of seasonal change, from happiness to sadness and sadness to happiness and the mundane times that lie between.
I’ve Just Seen a Face
I swoon over heartthrob Jim Sturgess ebulliently crooning “I’ve Just Seen a Face” with his messy chair and tie-vest combo, hands smugly tucked in pants pockets. A whimsical love song, “I’ve Just Seen a Face” makes you want to believe in love at first sight, and British guys named Jude who aren’t afraid to go after what they want. For most of 2008, this Beatles tune would be my afternoon mental escape.
All My Loving
“All My Loving” is the perfect serenade that triggers the proverbial foot tap, and for me, a head bop with an understated shoulder shimmy. “All My Loving” was recorded in 1963 and actually wasn’t a single in the United States or United Kingdom. It became a number one hit in Canada though, hence my infatuation. (Beloved Canucks know their music.) “All My Loving” is among my top favourite Beatles classics because it’s a party song that takes me to my glamorized fantasy of the 1960s. I’m a fan of this tune so much that all my cards are signed, “All my lovin’” with two music notes to denote its lively melodic energy.
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