Crossing the road can be hard
by Katie Gotta
Throughout my life no band or artist has influenced my family more than the Beatles have. I grew up with my dad in the front seat of our 2000 Mazda Minivan asking for family opinions on what our first song would be for our weekly two hour drive to Wisconsin. My favorite of “Blackbird” always lost to my dads favorite of “Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band“, and not too long later our whole family would be blasting “Hey Jude“, screaming it at the top of our lungs. It was a weekly tradition throughout my childhood, and from it, my dad has had the greatest influence on what music I have grown to love. Music has become what unites us together, and with the UK being so invested in it’s pop culture history I’ve had so many moments so far on this trip where I immediately call my dad and gush about what just happened. Today was a day that the 8-year old me in the back of our mini van won’t soon forget (and neither will my dad due to the 500 pictures I immediately sent to him).
I write this sitting on my bed in our London flat as it gets darker and darker as night approaches, but just this morning in the light of day I was able to see so many of the most important landmarks of Beatles history. While seeming incredibly casual in the moment, the more I reflect on the day, the more overwhelmed with emotion I become at the sites I was at today. Hearing about the bands memories growing up, where they lived, and how much these places have had an effect on their lives means so much to me. Seeing the apartment owned by Lennon for decades was mind blowing, and knowing that they wrote so many masterpieces that shocked the entire world in that tiny space just feet from me was just unbelievable to see. So many of the values that the Beatles instilled in their music still resinate so much with me today, and now I can say that I’ve been to so many locations that make the Beatles what they are.
“Remember to let her into your heart, then you can start to make it better”