Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
A famous quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel ,“Timequake” says it best.
“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did’.
The meaning and intent of Global Beatles Day
“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love, you make”
Global Beatles Day is a love letter from the world- to the Beatles
GBD (founded 2009) is a day honoring and celebrating the phenomenon and ideals of the Beatles, collectively and individually, for their gifts to the world including, but not limited to, their promotion of peace and love, of truth and youth, and of the expansion of human consciousness. More specifically, GBD commemorates the Beatles music – their promotion and expansion of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, world music… and especially their collective and personal exploration of a myriad of musical ideas and innovations.
The Beatles paved the way for global changes in personal expression, fashion, imagination, sex, and art. They had as much or more impact on global society than anyone of their time.
The reason for the date of June 25th , and why it’s a “Global Holiday”
“All you need is love” is a song written by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first performed by The Beatles on the BBC produced program, Our World, the first live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries via satellite and watched by 400 million, the program was broadcast on June 25, 1967, The Summer of Love.
Global Beatles Day is not intended to be a consumerist holiday nor is this a day of “fandom.” It is about the messages that “float downstream” in the Beatles’ music and lyrics.
As of today, the group has 500 members of varying ages from all over the world. The growth of this group has spread by word of mouth with no other form of publicity other than Facebook and Twitter.
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About Global Beatles Day
It was in the year 1960, on a foggy island found Nor-Norwest of Spain that music history changed forever. Four young proto-gods came together to form what would be one of the most influential rock bands to ever come out of England, if not the entire world. We’re speaking, of course, of the Beatles. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. These four boys came together to change the world one song at a time.
While they started their career like most musical groups, playing cheap dive clubs all over their home town of Liverpool, their manager was an artisan of his craft and helped guide them to rise to their potential. Their explosion in popularity came on the heels of their first hit song “Love Me Do”, and love them we did, it didn’t take long before the entire world was caught up in Beatlemania.
Global Beatles Day celebrates the huge influence they brought to the world, not just with their musical sounds, but with the values they professed and believed in. Throughout their entire career they promoted the idea that we could all live in a peaceful world, built on the ideas of truth, love, and reaching beyond the boundaries of current human consciousness. Through their music they instigated changes in the ways people express themselves, fashion trends, sex, art, and the embracing of the imagination.
How to Celebrate Global Beatles Day
The Beatles give us a lot of material to work with when it comes to celebrating a day dedicated to them. Perhaps on Global Beatles Day you can show up at work dressed as your favorite Beatle, or just spend the day listening to your favorite Beatles album. Trips down to your local crosswalk with a group of friends can serve as an opportunity to recreate the cover of the Abbey Park album.
With a lot of creativity and an encyclopedic knowledge of the Beatles discography, you can probably produce a quote from a song throughout the day to suit just about any situation! Even better, get together with a group of your buddies and throw ‘Yellow Submarine’ in the media player, and watch a psychedelic trip through one of the most famous albums of all time!
The Beatles still stand as one of the most influential bands of all time, famous all over the world to this very day. The prevalence of them in the worldwide culture can be seen in everything from choices of music for movie backdrops to jokes that are made around the world, from visual to audio. Global Beatles Day is a great time to remember these pioneers of the music industry, and honor the change they brought to the world.