When you're young, you lack any sense of the impossible.
That explains how my brother talked me into jumping off the roof of our house wearing a parachute he had sewn together out of bed sheets. And why we spent an afternoon standing by our quiet street corner looking for a dangerous vehicle we heard about on the news.
But perhaps the most audacious thing we ever attempted was to judge the best Beatles album of all time. As any true Beatles fan can tell you, even King Solomon can't choose between "Abbey Road" and "Sgt. Pepper," not to mention "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver."
Nevertheless, we had the summer at our disposal so we sat in our room and listened to each song on every album. We decided we had to do this to be completely fair before we assigned a rating to each individual song. From there, we averaged the ratings of all the songs to select The Best Beatles Album of All Time.
"Help!" would have won, but the U.S. release of the movie soundtrack inexplicably sandwiched orchestrated tracks between The Beatles songs. Thus, a 5 rating for "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" was negated by a 0 assigned to the strange Indian strains of "The Chase."
Thus, we were conflicted even then about our selection of "Rubber Soul." Sadly, we had no way of knowing the British version of "Help!" contained none of the orchestrated tracks and instead presented the album as The Beatles intended, but that's a topic best left to another blog.
The show coincides with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' invasion of America. Perhaps you were lucky enough to have watched "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. Maybe your parents were enraged when John Lennon said The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. And if you played "Revolution 9" backwards, then you definitely have a Beatles story busting to be told.
Stay tuned for more details about the contest and the tribute concert, which is a fundraiser for the Victoria ISD Education Foundation. I serve on the foundation board so you can be sure this benefit will "Please Please Me," but we want to hear from you, most of all.
You can buy tickets for the Victoria show at the fine arts center box office or on the foundation's website. In the meantime, start thinking now about your favorite Beatles memory. You'll enjoy the trip down Penny Lane.
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