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Yesterday: A Day in the Life

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A tribute to one of the greatest yesterdays ever, these Beatles statues in Liverpool bring a tear to this old man's eye.  I hope to be able to visit them one day real soon.

A tribute to one of the greatest yesterdays ever, these Beatles statues in Liverpool bring a tear to this old man's eye. I hope to be able to visit them one day real soon.

Yesterday: A Day in the Life

Om.

Yesterday took me down to Strawberry Fields, but I couldn’t stay there forever. Still, while I was out I found myself in the midst of a day in the life that featured Donovan, Mal Evans, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Michael Nesmith, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ringo Star and an entire orchestra. It was pretty damn cool, really—a fantastic video set to an iconic Beatles tune of what looks like a party attended by lots of famous, influential folks in an era of musical and psychedelic drug experimentation...

Check it out for yourself right here:

A Day in the Life

Yadretsey is for me the seltaeb connection played slow as you can go and sometimes in reverse.

Luap saw surlaw eht, the walrus was Paul. Paul is dead, daed si luap, paul is dead, daed si luap. And so on no os dna.

Don’t ruin your needle with that. Or worse (forbid!) scratch your priceless vinyl.

The Beatles were singing the song John and Paul wrote about The Day: John went first and then Paul woke up and got out of bed to sing along. When Paul finished his part, John came back strong and carried it to the crazy, climaxing end where The Chord finally came together and echoed across the universe for close to 40 seconds. What a finish: that wham, bang, thank-you-very-much, 9-take, piano-pounding phenomenon that ended the day shortly after we determined how many holes it took to reach capacity at the Royal Albert Hall. I wonder if today it’s still in the vicinity of 4,000. Or if it’s still standing, even.

The Chord

I could never say that nothing’s going to alter my existence because the first time I heard that song, those words, those lyrics, that chord, it all changed me forever…well, maybe it wasn’t just the one song, perhaps it was instead the collection of songs—a collection of experiences called Beatles songs and albums—that changed me. From the first time I listened to a Beatles LP end-to-end I aspired to create something close to that great.

Across the Universe

I hope it’s not too late.

I’m still making that chase.

Meantime, though, I thought it was pretty cool (or at least interesting) to learn in the course of the past couple days that Beatles roadie Mal Evans was one of the three people (John and Ringo being the others) who finally resolved that mad orchestral buildup (which was Paul’s idea and what Beatles’ producer George Martin called an “orchestral orgasm”) and struck The Chord at the end of “A Day in the Life.” It was also sad to learn that he (Mal) was shot by L.A. police officers in 1976 at the far-too-young age of 40. Too many yesterdays left unlived. Not so very unlike John, I guess: 40 years old and taken away by a bullet.

Dammit.

Ringo’s still with us, though, the sole survivor of the trio who simultaneously slammed the ivories for that iconic dénouement. Paul is with us, too, of course, but he wasn’t there that day at the studio when John, Ringo and Mal put the finishing touches on the dub.

Yesterday I’d say those troubles seemed closer, not so very far away, really. Depending, of course, on how you define yesterday…like if when you say yesterday you mean yesteryear or in years gone by. Days gone by, long gone, far away. Those troubles were up close and personal then, now it seems as if they’re gone to stay. Kind of.

The intense pain that follows the shock and hurt of the loss is long gone, but the what-might-have-been still lives on. John was shot 40 years ago on 8 December 1980, but every time I hear “Imagine” or any of the multitude of Beatles’ songs on which he’s the lead, I think about the might-have-been. So, I guess in that way, yesterday is here to stay. Always will be.

And when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree

There will be an answer, let it be

For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see

There will be an answer, let it be

— Paul McCartney / John Lennon from “Let it Be”

Yesterday looms
As you look
Over your shoulder

And the yesterday
Before
Is even colder

But “you have the wherewithal to be what you wanna be in the near proximity to where you are.”

That’s what Paul said, anyway. So, let’s run with that.

So enjoy this day today, no matter what yesterday to you might be…because today is the day that tomorrow’s yesterday will be.

Keep that in mind…

Jai Guru Deva.

Paul on Writing "Hey Jude"

© 2021 greg cain

Comments

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 05, 2021:

Greg, what an amazing article and response to Brenda’s “yesterday” prompt. The Beatles were a big part of my life growing up. I remember the excitement and mayhem when they came to Australia the first time I was about seven) 1964. One of my first albums was a Beatles one. Thank you for sharing.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on March 05, 2021:

Sha Sha - That reminds me of something else very Beatles, too: “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?!” Haha!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on March 05, 2021:

Ms. Dora - oh, me too! I really do hope I get to see them up close and in person one day soon.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on March 05, 2021:

Brenda - I hear about the 40-year anniversary on the news one day back in December. Freaked me out when I did! That we can still feel something so powerful after four decades...well, that speaks volumes about the impact he had. And also thinking that we are just a few among many who probably feel that way...well, it makes it even more astounding. I am thankful for the indelible memories.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on March 05, 2021:

Sha Sha - once again, and as always, thanks for your positive support and comments. I love hearing from you! I was a frosh in college, young and homesick...and then John was shot and killed and it felt like I’d never be able to go home again. “Imagine” is one of those songs that brings back that entire time for me...so I guess it’s kind of like a theme song for me, too. Anyway, thanks for the kind words and also for dropping by once again. Be safe and be well.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on March 05, 2021:

Bill - ditto! They were and shall remain the GOAT. I will forever be stopped in my tracks when I hear one of their great songs and begin to sing along. Perhaps that’s much to my wife’s chagrin...but it is what it it is and always will be. Good week, my friend.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on March 05, 2021:

Brenda - thanks for the inspiration and also for the great comment. This sort of brought me out of “hibernation” a bit, so I’m really grateful to you for that. Have a good week.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 05, 2021:

Brenda, as of this past Wednesday, I've been on this earth for 64 years. I don't realize how old I am until I hear something like John Lennon has been dead for 40 of those years!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 05, 2021:

Your reminiscing tale is beautiful, well-written. To say that the Beatles impacted the world is an understatement. I hope you get to visit the statutes.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 05, 2021:

But...i was a bit older. Still love their music...great job putting those memories back in our hearts.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 05, 2021:

Shauna...i couldn't believe that 40 years has passed either!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 05, 2021:

Box, I've been wondering where you've been lately. I should have looked to yesterday in order to find you!

I love The Beatles, always have. John Lennon is my favorite and Imagine is my theme song. I can't believe he's been gone for forty years! That boggles my mind. I was devastated when he was killed.

I love this post, my friend. The Beatles are part of who I am. I've been enamored with them since I was six.

Yesterday was a very good year.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 05, 2021:

They provided the musical score of my teen years, and I will forever consider them the greatest musical group of all time. Period. End of story!

Loved this, of course!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 05, 2021:

Greg,

I am astonished that you took one little word, "Yesterday" and created this wonderful article.

The Beatles were by far one of my favorite groups.

I don't think I will ever forget the day John Lennon left us behind.

40 years ago...Wow! I must be getting old.

I don't think it's too late for you to pen a masterpiece.

We are all hopeful we can jot down the words to the next best song.

"Imagine" will play on in my heart for as long as I am alive & later if I can take it with me.

Thank you so much for writing this article from my tiny prompt.

I loved reading it. It has brought back several memories.

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