Sunday, January 30, 2011
Walking With the Beatles
I am enjoying the iPod nano I got for Christmas. I ripped some of the CDs I own, and synced them to my iPod. I bought a few songs from the iTunes store. And then I asked my son Jake for some classic rock music. After deciding that it wouldn't work well to burn CD's from his MP3 files on his computer, he referred me to our friend who is an IT guy by profession and has extensive music files. He gave me access to his shared files. Then when I had trouble downloading some of his music, I emailed him and he sent me a program to download which allowed him to take over my computer. He then found the problem and I watched as he moved my cursor and showed me how to do what needed to be done. Cool! It's kind of a slow process, but I'm working at it a bit each day. I thought it would be cool to have a few Beatles classics, and in selecting "a few", I ended up with 30! I am rediscovering the Beatles. When they made their rise to fame, between 1962 to 1966, I was in college. We didn't have music systems in those days, and the only popular music I got was from the radio, station KJR. Besides I was busy studying much of the time. In 1966 I became a first year teacher, struggling in my fourth grade full of kids from the projects. In 1969, I became a new bride, married to the guy across the hall, and then moved to another school. (Yes, they made me move). I left teaching in 1972, the year the Beatles broke up, and in 1973 I became a new mother. So I never really paid much attention to Beatles' music. I was busy. And besides, I was a good girl, and they were into drugs and all of that, so I didn't know if it was OK to like them. Last week, with Beatles music playing through my earphones, I went for a walk in the park. The words were fun, the beat was perfect and I walked and walked. It was great! I just walked to the beat a bit too much, and now I'm back on the stationary bike again until my heel settles down. I have a Ticket To Ride, but I'd rather be walking down that Long and Winding Road to Penny Lane. But Here Comes the Sun and I say Good Day Sunshine! I'm going out for a short walk anyway. I'll Get By With a Little Help From My Friends!