Like it happened yesterday, I remember hearing, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) while rolling around in the big cardboard box. For your enjoyment, here is a video montage of that song.
In addition to She’s So Heavy invoking special memories, the words to the song Come Together held a certain fascination for my friends and me.
While at cheerleading practice there was repeated group singing of the phrase “Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease.”
Besides Lennon and McCartney’s genius displayed throughout the album, George Harrison, known as the “quiet Beatle” raised his voice and stature with me because Something and Here Comes the Sun were among my favorite songs.
Thinking back, I remember being delighted that these were George’s songs. Harrison, the lead guitarist, had been totally eclipsed by Lennon and McCartney as a songwriter up until Abbey Road.
Then, that now famous 16-minute medley on side two totally perked-up my ears because I had never heard anything quite like it.
(Memo to the young’uns out there in web-land: In ancient times record albums had two sides and you actually had to get up off the couch and turn the record over. Yet another example of just how tough life was in the 60s.)
Further enhancing the Abbey Road musical experience was the raging pop culture question: “Is Paul Dead?”
We would sit around and carefully examine the now iconic Abbey Road album cover for any new clues that could resolve on-going mysteries like, Why was Paul barefoot? What did the license plate mean? Was that Paul’s funeral procession depicted on the cover? As we played the album the mysteries deepened.
Now it is time for you to sit back and listen to Abbey Road while sipping a glass or two of Erath Pinot Noir. If you have never tried this fine, smooth Oregon wine, you are in for a treat and Costco sells it for $14.99.