My Take: The Beatles

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Several years back, I was having a cup of coffee with Ben Baseball, and we got on to the topic of The Beatles. As we talked, I shared with Ben that I like The Beatles just fine. I think that they’re incredibly overrated, but I understand their true place in music. 

Ben reacted as if I had just filled in one of the holes that he dug in his backyard without telling him. He was absolutely flabbergasted by this take. I don’t recall exactly what Ben said, but I know that they were not positive, in any way, shape or form. 

While in Las Vegas this past weekend, we went to see the Cirque du Soleil show called Love by The Beatles. It is an incredibly artistic take on their music and the acting is beyond amazing. This got me to thinking about this take and how there is a slight possibility that I may not be giving The Beatles enough credit. 

Several points to add some context to this conversation topic:

  1. I respect The Beatles – I own several albums of The Beatles, I grew up listening to them. They literally changed music. They’ve sold a few more albums than I have, thats for sure
  2. When Ben has brought this topic up in the past, he likes to say that I don’t like the Beatles. That is simply untrue. I like The Beatles just fine. Its not even close to my go-to when I need something to listen to but its not like I’ve been out there telling the world that their music is trash
  3. I’m not sure that I have ever dove in to the depths of the Beatles’ catalog to be able to appreciate some of their later stuff. Those who know me know that I am not a fan of pop music much, no matter the age. It is very rare that you will find me listening to the radio, and the amount of playlists that I have on my phone should probably be illegal. I typically listen to albums as a whole, which gives me a much better feel for rather an artist has stay power or whether they’re going to flame out as a one hit wonder. I need to listen to more deep cut stuff by The Beatles to get better perspectives. 

I have decided that I am going to remedy this problem. I am going to listen to each of The Beatles albums in order and provide the world with some well formed opinions. 

Hopefully this will put Ben’s amazement of this take to rest but we’ll see. 

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