Soundtrack of Our Lives

The joys of youth, the magic of music, captured in photographs.

BY WAYNE MAIBAUM

“Beatles in Surf” by Charles Trainor, courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery.

A recent exhibit at Soho’s Morrison Hotel Gallery, curated by Julian Lennon and showcasing some never-before-seen photographs of The Beatles, reminded me of why we still love them. For 50 years, The Beatles have been credited with social change, from setting fashion trends to spurring the fall of communism! But for most of us, their importance is more personal: simply put, their music makes us feel good, restoring the promises of youth and providing a universal connection that transcends age, race, religion, politics and all such superficial barriers. (Imagine!) Our basic human emotions—love, loss, longing, regret, elation—continue to resonate in each resounding melody. And mysteriously, the older we get, the more we seem to get it.

“Beatles in Limo” by Curt Gunther, courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery.

“What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key
I get by with a little help from my friends…”

“Saving up your money for a rainy day
Giving all your clothes to charity
Last night the wife said
Oh boy, when you’re dead
You don’t take nothing with you but your soul…”

 

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