Ah, The Beatles. Hands down, my favourite band. Like thousands of others, they influenced and inspired me in ways too deep to describe.
It’s hard to believe that next month marks 50 years since their first historic visit to America, after which the world was never the same. Their influence still resonates today. Their fans are fans for life.
Many of those Beatles fans don’t understand how kids today would rather listen to Miley Cyrus than The Beatles. I believe those kids are missing a lot too, preferring her empty, prefabricated music over those history-making Beatles songs.
I think I understand why though.
I grew up in the 70s/80s. Memories of The Beatles were still fresh. After John Lennon’s murder in 1980, interest in the band intensified on a massive scale. And you know, that interest has never really subsided.
So take your average kid from 1980. If you had tried to sell them on a song from 1930, chances are they would turn their nose up at it. 1930 might as well have been thousands of years ago.
Just as much time has passed since the 60s. Little wonder that a young person from 2014 would consider a song from 1964 archaic and not relevant to their generation.
All we can do is educate them without being preachy and belittling. And unfortunately, Beatles fans have a notorious reputation for shoving their music down the throats of new recruits. That passion is great, but don’t be surprised if little Timmy doesn’t show immediate interest.
After all, The Beatles are still huge, 50 years later and with only half of them still here.
Will today’s artists have that endurance? Time will tell.
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Richard Todd is a novelist, screenplay writer, and social media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.