You Know You Should be Glad
The Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964
They were about joy, excitement, and pleasure.
It was less than three months after the Kennedy assassination.
Just to briefly buzz in on this weekend's whir of nostalgia around the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show: As many have noted, it was less than three months after the Kennedy assassination, bringing across the Atlantic a whiff of much needed fresh air, a reacquaintance with joy we all had been craving since November 22, 1963.
They represented youthful hope
The Beatles were simply the biggest thing in the world, short of nuclear fear. They represented a sea change -- in music, in culture, in democracy itself. They weren't always comfortable with having that effect. 'People said the Beatles were the movement,' Lennon later said, 'but we were only part of the movement. We were influenced as much as we influenced.' True, but the Beatles were a key part of that movement. They represented youthful hope, and they represented the new social power that rock & roll might achieve -- a power not only to upset but to transform. The world was changing -- or at least it felt that way -- and the Beatles served as emblems of that change.
..and life undimmed by tragedy.
Youth is life as yet undimmed by tragedy. And the finest flower of youth it to know the lesson in advance, undimmed.
They were like a rainstorm,
But don't call them cute. They were about joy, excitement, and pleasure.
They're mild compared to what we can hear today, but in 1964, these were unambiguous musical emulations of sexual climax, aimed smack at a teenage audience, which did not miss the point.
In performing on Ed Sullivan, they presented the process of self-enjoyment in the very act of affecting and being affected by others.
The notion of life implied a certain absolute of self-enjoyment...The enjoyment belongs to the process and is not characteristic of any static fact.
In “Nature Alive,” the eighth chapter of his last book, Modes of Thought, Alfred
The possibility of play is politically subversive. It gives hope.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
Don't we all need metaphors to live by?
The Metaphor Maker is the story of a young woman in search of "a metaphor to live by." Spring 1968. Berkeley anti-war activist and would-be poet Madeline Prescott embarks on an inner quest: a spiritual journey born out of grief for a brother lost in war, a country whose leaders are cut down by violence, and a family torn apart. In a coastal town bookshop filled with odd and comforting characters, Madeline finds a temporary nest in which to heal, re-imagine hope, explore romantic love, and discover her own poetic voice. Madeline's quest is set in one of the most turbulent times in American history, when middle-class youth felt more passionate about ideas than financial success. Philosophy was in vogue; poetry was everywhere. Women were just finding their voices. The Metaphor Maker ultimately portrays the power of empathy, hope, and generosity of spirit in a pluralistic, rapidly changing world.
You know you should be glad
You think you've lost your love