By Victoria Lynn Hall
Years ago a stranger posted in an online music forum I followed about how they explained The Beatles to their child: John, they said, is the Beatle who loves humanity; Paul is the Beatle who loves Animals; George loves God; Ringo loves children.
This apt but simplified description speaks to the mythic proportions these ordinary men with extraordinary talents reached as a band and a cultural phenomenon. But the Beatles were not just individuals and were so much more than the sum of their parts.
The title of “the Fifth Beatle” has been bestowed on many different people (former band members Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe, manager Brian Epstein, Producer George Martin, the list goes on…) but to me, the Fifth Beatle is the spirit of the music they made together; A force that was first their muse that inspired and drove them to make their music and then, through that music, a muse to almost everyone who’s heard it, through generations now.
All because some guys from Liverpool decided to become a band.
In the Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group, which takes inspiration from Kerri Romeo’s Wonderland Campaign series, each member has chosen their “mission possible“: that one endeavor we hope can be our positive contribution to the world.
Sometimes, when I am alone and overwhelmed by the chaos of our world, my mission possible seems both impossible and not enough. But when I meet with my community I am reminded that I’m not doing it alone and that my mission is just one of many. Like members of a rock band, each of us focusing on our own tasks in collaboration creates something new; that combined element that then becomes its own creative force in the world, just like music does…
What if John, Paul, George or Ringo had convinced themselves they weren’t enough? What if they had lacked the courage or the confidence to pursue their mission possible? How different would the world be without The Beatles?
I’m so glad I don’t know the answer to that. I’m so glad to know that when I find myself in times of trouble, I can hear their words of wisdom and remember that life flows on within me and without me and know that all I need is love.
This episode was inspired by Kerri’s recent Wonderland Campaign post, “Tunnel Visions“.
As I mentioned, our Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group members each chose a “comfort song” and an “inspiration song” in our last meeting and I made this YouTube playlist with our selections and also the ones Jesse chose in this episode.
The movie that Jesse was thinking of that explores the political activism of John Lennon is The U.S. vs. John Lennon.
I talked about Ozzy Osbourne being influenced by The Beatles, he speaks of it in this short video.
Jesse talked about this recent interview with Lindsey Buckingham on WTF with Marc Maron.
In this video clip from George Harrison’s last public interview, he talks about his support of the Natural Law Party and some of his views on politics, consciousness and healthcare. If you know me at all, this should leave no doubt in your mind as to why he is my favorite Beatle.
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.