Musically, the Beatles were my first love, a launching pad into the reeling ethos of 60s music and all that followed. As I ventured far from Meet the Beatles and Sgt. Peppers into the pop frontier and beyond, I never forgot John, Paul, George and Ringo but I wasnt consumed by them, either. Ive come around, though. Now, as my daughter listens to the Beatles with fresh ears, I follow suit, wondering if anyone could have known back then how timeless a tune like Eleanor Rigby would remain, years later.
I think a lot of folks feel the same returning pull of that old, primeval gravity, and thats why the annual Beatles Sing-Along led by music trivia master Jim Bernath endures in the 21st century: Its damn fun to sing Beatles songs out loud with others of your kind. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
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Scheduled each year to coincide with the anniversary of John Lennons death, the free sing-along begins today at 2 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street; Bernath provides lyric sheets and hosts the proceedings. All you need to bring is your heart and a strong voice; for details, call the Merc at 303-294-9281.
Sun., Dec. 6, 2 p.m., 2009