PaulRingoMy local paper didn’t make enough room to include Paul and Ringo’s appearance at the Grammy’s last night.  Or the fact they played together (although Ringo needed back up).

My daughter has said men shouldn’t sob, so I limited my reaction to their appearance with waves of tears.

One wave for watching the boys play together.

One wave for watching Yoko move along to their music.

One wave for realizing just how important BeaTles music has played in my life.

As PARADE described it: “The crowd went wild for Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney during their surprise joint performance at the Grammys tonight.  The two BeaTles were slated to perform separately at the show, but producers hadn’t revealed whether they would be reuniting on stage—so the crowd erupted in cheers when presenter Julia Roberts announced “Sir Paul McCartney…with a little help from his friend, Ringo Starr!”

“The legends came together to perform McCartney’s upbeat single QUEENIE EYE.  Their performance was epic enough, but it was just as amazing to see Yoko Ono grooving along in the audience. She was joined by son Sean Lennon — John Lennon and Ono’s only child.”

So there was Yoko and Sean moving to the groove – although not quite sitting NEAR Paul and Ringo.

Enough to make a grown man cry.

John had another son – Julian – and that produced another wave of tears from this author as my mind went back in time.  HEY JUDE started out as HEY JULES – a tribute to Julian during the time Yoko was not welcome by everyone at Abbey Road.  The son of John and Cynthia Powell must have felt the pressure, for Paul wrote, “Remember to let her into your heart, Then you can start to make it better. . . . . The minute you let her under your skin, Then you begin to make it better.”

I cried last night because it took me decades to hear that other side of that story – I had been a Yoko-hater for way to many years.  Last night, my heart filled with remorse.  Tears of joy to see Paul, Ringo, Yoko, and Sean “together.”  Another set of tears for my FORMER bad feelings against Yoko.  It had taken me way too long to “let her under my skin” and “start to make it better.”

BeatlesSullivanEVERYONE should “start to make it better” February 9 when CBS re-creates BeaTlemania on the stage where it all began.  As The NY Times announced, “CBS to air BeaTles tribute on anniversary of Fab Four’s legendary ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ gig. . . . .  50 years to the hour after it originally aired.”

Portions of the show are being filmed as we speak, using many of the artists from the Grammy show last night – so it should be quite the celebration!

My ex moves further away from the BeaTles with every word I write about the mop tops.  However, she CAN sing along with every track on PHOTOGRAPH.

I hope she plays Ringo in her truck today.

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”




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