This past weekend, Sirius XM played the top 100 Beatles songs, voted by their listener. During a busy weekend, while in the car, Ann and I had a chance to listen in segments. I love to hear the story behind the music. What inspired the song. How many sessions did it take to get it ‘right’. What instruments were used, among other great trivia.
I heard the segment starting with song #7 and the Abbey Road Medley. My favorite stretch of Beatles music is Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End (all on Abbey Road). I could listen to that over and over. I started to guess what were the top songs heading to #1.
The car radio made us button pushers. We do the same with our smartphones. We look for something fun and familiar that matches our musical taste or instant boredom; then, we push a button. We were discussing that when the song In My Life came on. We both said, “it was a song you would never push a button.” How many songs or memories would you never push a button?
We went about our chores and errands and we missed the final segment of the show. Since I had not listened to the entire 100 list, I figured that Yesterday, Hey Jude, In My Life, and Let It Be had to be there.
Back at the house and finished with errands, I looked up the top 100 and realized that 95% of those songs were complete listens. I would not push a button. They worked and brought back memories that were created years ago. How could the 229 published Beatles songs all be so different?
That got me to think of how quickly we move from one thing to another because we are bored or unfamiliar. I’m somewhat guilty but have learned that taking in the whole documentary or podcast is a discipline that usually pays off. I’ve always called it: “Listen To Learn Just One Thing.” Start collecting your ‘One Things’ and build a stable of insights and ideas you can use for a lifetime.
In a rut? Is it groundhog day, every day? Then think of how you can create something new each day. The Beatles did it with every song. Unique, fresh, different. Move from your same old routine and refresh, tweak and improve you, and the world around you.
Bonus: Link to the 2020 Sirus XM Top 100 Beatles Song List https://bit.ly/3mof7Ci