Friday, October 14, 2011
American Top 40 Flashback - The Beatles!
I’m not even sure if I can come up with the words to describe how much I love this song. Part of it is memory; the song takes me back to the fourth grade, when I was singing it with my friends, arguing about what it meant; generally agreeing that The Beatles were the four coolest individuals on the planet.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when my son’s high school marching band (that’s the Pleasant Grove Eagles, home of the #1 football team in the Sacramento region) played it at halftime, marched right up to the stands, and a couple of thousand people started to sing and clap along.
To this day, I’m not even sure if the lyrics make any sense, and in the end whether the lyrics make sense is completely irrelevant – because the song really just boils down to this:
Na na na na na na na
Na na na na
Just take a look at Ringo’s face at around 4:43 of this video. That’s all it takes, and that’s all we need. “Hey Jude,” The Beatles, the #1 song this week in 1968.