17 September, 2016.
First of all I want to thank Carla and Craig for providing Yvonne and I with a fantastic experience through their Fathers Day gift to me last Sunday. Tonight we got to enjoy it and I would like to share it with you to the extent that I can, without taking you to the cinema. The gift was a couple of passes to Village Gold Class at Crown. That in itself was most enjoyable, but that was only the entree into their choice of what they thought we might enjoy. A wonderful experience that Yvonne and I cannot recommend highly enough to you.
"Eight days A Week" brings to life again The Beatles. It is Directed by Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham of Happy days fame. You may have seen him interviewed about this recently). It is two and a half hours of pure nostalgia and joy. I defy you to watch it without feeling emotional at times. I know, two and a half hours seems an interminable amount of time in todays fast paced world. Believe me, this is so good, that it ends too quickly. This movie, documentry, call it what you like, is so uplifting that you feel privileged to see it. For those of you that know me reasonably well, you might be interested to know that the only drink that I had during the entire programme, was the glass of wine that was brought to me with our dinner whilst we watched. I didn't want drinks, I just wanted what we were experiencing to wash over me.
When I was a kid, I had my heroes just like every other kid. There was Herb Elliott who was numero uno, Dawn Fraser, Cassius Clay/Muhammed Ali and Terry Bowe, world famous footballer from Kyneton. And then The Beatles came on the scene.
For those of us that were born in the late forties, early fifties, The Beatles were the sound and lyrics that picked us up and carried us through our teens. There were others of course, but none compared with The Beatles. "Eight Days A Week" will confirm that for you, if you have any doubts.
"Eight Days A Week" will roll back the years of your life to when you first heard The Beatles and you will find yourself back in that stage of your life and it feels great. Then as the show takes you through the journey of The Beatles it rolls out your life again through the connection that occurs with the music and songs that you hear and what was going on in your life when each of those number one hit songs or albums were hitting the airwaives. The image and sound production is amazing. For those of you who did not have The Beatles carry you through your teens, you no doubt know how great they were. Believe me you will still enjoy this show for the pure pleasure of watching four incredibly talented indivual singers and musicians. You will also be impressed with the way they stuck together and supported each other. Decisions were based on all four agreeing, not by majority.
We can debate which groups/bands were the best, or which of them was our preference during that era, but no others were as prolific, consistently great or became a phenomenon in the way that The Beatles did. There is one other thing that comes thorugh this film. John, Paul, George and Ringo were higly talented, highly intelligent and we should not be surprised about that. Dills don't become the musical phenomenon of a century of music like they did.
Younger people will enjoy this show as much as any other group. Just go back and enjoy the enthusiasm and sheer talent of these guys. It's unmistakable at any time in history. They were funny, cheeky, enthusiastic, charismatic and super talented. On top of that, they were simply good blokes.