“There are places I’ll remember, All my life, though some have changed; some forever, not for better; some have gone, and some remain…in my life, I’ve loved them all…”
“All you need is love; all you need is love; all you need is love, love; love is all you need…”
“Hear comes the sun (doo doo doo doo); here comes the sun, and I say; it’s all right…”
“The long and winding road that leads to your door; will never disappear. I’ve seen that road before it always leads me here; lead me to your door…”
For all her classical voice training, opera, choral work, and more, Momma loved the music, and most especially the lyrics, of the Beatles. A powerful early memory of mine is sitting next to her on the piano bench after she practiced some aria or solo piece while she picked her way through the latest Beatles’ tunes. Though we never had much conversation about the group or their massive body of work, she made it clear her respect and admiration ran fathoms deep.
Once I began formal piano training, my reward for required daily practicing was mom sitting next to me on the bench teaching me how to play and sing a Beatles’ tune. As my younger sis beat on pots and pans (she liked percussion after all), mom gingerly chorded notes on the piano with me, never missing a word of the lyrics, and often reminding me how glorious it was to “whisper words of wisdom…let it be.”
Sitting in the dark cinema quietly humming my way through the Yesterday movie this afternoon, her abiding admiration and powerful respect was felt anew for their profound musical contribution. If she were here, she would have sung her way through the entire film, reminiscing and reflecting through each song.
So, on what would have been your 77th birthday today, thanks Momma, for embracing so many amazing musical genres and avenues while doing your best to always encourage me to “whisper words of wisdom; let it be…”