30 Day Music Challenge – #1 : First Band You Remember Listening to
No surprises here.
I was born in ’92, and luckily, into a family of music lovers. My father is one of those people that believes that there is a right time for certain kinds of music, and just because there is great music waiting for you out there, it doesn’t mean you’re ready for it. I used to hate Eric Clapton for the longest time, before I eventually came to my senses. Now he’s my musical security blanket, if you will.
Anyway. The first band I remember listening to? The Beatles. The Glorious Beatles.
As a kid, I used to keep singing From Me To You ( except I’d say, “Just call on me, and I’ll send it along – With love, from you to me”. Hey. I was four.) Also, A Hard Day’s Night, Can’t Buy Me Love and Ticket To Ride.
I still love The Beatles. Every few months, I go through a phase where they’re all I can listen to. The one after I watched Across The Universe (brilliant, this) lasted the longest. The movie helped in a way, because let’s face it, their discography is exhausting to comb through. But once I got into “discovery-mode” , I couldn’t stop.
So, let me make this easy. A list of my favourites –
- Because [Abbey Road]
- Blackbird [The Beatles – White Album]
- Eleanor Rigby [Revolver]
- Happiness Is A Warm Gun [The Beatles – White Album]
- Hey Bulldog [Yellow Submarine]
- I Am The Walrus [Magical Mystery Tour]
- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band]
- Oh! Darling [Abbey Road]
- Penny Lane [Magical Mystery Tour]
- Revolution [The Beatles – White Album]
- Something [Abbey Road]
- Strawberry Fields Forever [Magical Mystery Tour]
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps [The Beatles – White Album]
These guys are one of those bands that have a sound, and yet – don’t have a sound. By that, I mean that you can always tell when it’s The Beatles playing, even though they’ve gone through so many different phases, musically, that there’s something in there for everyone. Really. All you have to do is be patient enough to find an album you like – and once you do, let me assure you, their songs refuse to get unstuck. They’ll play on loop inside your head. Even now, after all these years, when I know every word, every guitar twang, every drum beat – I still go around humming one of their songs days after I happen to hear it playing somewhere.
Also, I’ve found that the “Once a Beatles fan, always a Beatles fan” really does seem to hold true.