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February 11, 2014

My point is... The Day the Music Didn’t Die

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Nearly everyone who ever listened to the Beatles has a favorite song from some era of the group or solo careers of these musicians and songwriters who shared their emotions and experiences with the world. The lyrics and music of “Let It Be,” “Imagine,” and “War Is Over” are some of the greatest testaments for world peace and inner strength ever penned.

My classic rock music, though not appreciated when my kids were younger, are now some of the very songs that my children listen to now. Both have told me one of the greatest things I ever did was to teach them about “good music.” Whether it be the four-part harmony of my Baptist upbringing or the classic rock song that tugs at a special part of my heart, music is indeed the universal language.

Those memories are why I endure some of the outrageous performances of the annual Grammy Awards each year and this year was no exception. Pitting the two surviving Beatles back on stage together brought down the house and was truly a touch of class that will be difficult to top.

The contributions of this group paved the way for many new artists,  musicians and musical styles. The breakup of the Beatles didn’t end the music — it just gave us different perspectives. The deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison didn’t end the music — it only made it stronger.

 

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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