Every day from now until Spring, I will play a song from each year from 1940-2020. I’ll also write a little bit about the song and why I chose it to represent that year.
I couldn’t get past this period of time without acknowledging The Beatles. Although I can’t say I grew up listening to their music. I was too young to appreciate them when they were officially a group and in the 70s I didn’t really hear them much because my mother absolutely hated them and would shut the radio off or change channels whenever one of their songs came on the radio. I mean I didn’t live under a rock, I knew who they were but they weren’t really on my musical radar. I was familiar with the Wings/Paul McCartney stuff, just not the Beatles. It wasn’t until I got to high school and college that I ever really got to listen to their albums.
My brother and I got to see Paul McCartney at Arrowhead Stadium here in KC back in the ’90s. We had third-row seats. It was surreal. He sang “Let it be” of course, it was amazing seeing the stadium lit up as everyone held their lighters up. (Kids, that’s what we oldsters used before cell phones) You probably already know this but the “Mother Mary” he is referring to in this song is actually his own mother Mary McCartney who died when Paul was a teenager. Paul also has a daughter named Mary who is a talented photographer.