Copyright 2011 Eckhart Landes
The essay abstract as an ebook – The Beatles, the music and their famous melodies
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - A big music love from a personal background.
Chapter 3 - Everything started with Bach
Chapter 4 - The Beatles come around
Chapter 5 - Why are the true music giants missing today? (For me)
Every era brings with it change and new creations. Whether they are of much significance, or after a few years disappear into darkness, is not in our hands. All that remains is history – history of the times. ...
Music is both a witness to contemporary history and an expression of the soul. In situations of inner need, fear and grief, it is possible for a person through music, to find a path to fulfilment. It is a way of finding a valve which acts as a solution and a release, and it also offers a chance of survival. At this point, music becomes a driving force and influences personal and cultural changes within society. Music has something religious about it like it was sent from the heavens above. Whoever listens to and actively takes part in music is a smaller step nearer to heaven. For each individual it can create more than just emotional experiences - it can create a completely new world.
Abstract of the ebook:
A big music love from a personal background
With a loud "Yeah, Yeah,
Yeah", the Beatles in the
60s conquered the world.
Who on earth doesn't know
them - the big hits of 4
mushroom heads from
Liverpool; "Yesterday", "I
want to hold your Hand",
"Help" and many more,
inspiring the youth of the day, creating a revolution and defying a more traditional middle-class world. With their songs they shook up drab living rooms and presented, in their casual way, anything usual as upside down. The "Rolling Stones" and other music groups also belonged in this league. Almost everybody heard them on the radio or on vinyl publicly, or in their quiet little room because fathers and mothers could not endure the "scream and shout". It was a time of change and the long-awaited transition of traditions and conventions had come. ...
Everything started with Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), the great musician of the baroque era, the accomplisher of the counterpoint composition form. The most simple example of this form is the canon, and is reflected perfectly in his compositions, for example, in the great fugues of his organ works or in
the “The Art of Fugue”. It is constructed from strict musical rules and is generally recognised by experts as such. ...
Nowadays, one can reach out for these recollections at any time again in the form of canned music, where for decades a powerful branch of the industry has been quenching peoples´ thirsts for reminiscing. And exactly in this time of the mechanical reproducibility of music did the Beatles fit in so well.
The Beatles come around
What is most prevalent about the Beatles` music is their rhythms and beats. How many others played from a desire and an urge to communicate and entertain? They served a music industry which was, in the mainstream, about entertainment.
The rhythmical and danceable elements in rock 'n' roll, as well as the beat music that came from it, are the elements that reached the masses and those that are so well-appreciated in almost all social ranks.
But also here, the special part of their music lies in the melody. In contrast to the "Rolling Stones", The Beatles, in their peak blossoming period of worldwide fame, are known under renowned pop groups rather as romantics than ´the wilder´ ones. The charm of their melodies and their musical presentation got youngsters 'melting away'. Their melodies expressed exactly a mental state of desire for love and being accepted. They became projection screens of unsatisfied longing and sounded out a wish to break away from old traditions. ...
Today, when Paul McCartney sings, plays and performs old Beatles songs with his band, the audience stands in tears, and when a sentimental lump in the throat cannot be overheard, it's McCartney himself fighting back the tears. It's then that I ask myself what it is that touches people in such a way that they burst into tears over and over again with songs they've already heard a thousand times before? It's not very different to how I feel too.
Why are the true music giants missing today? (For me)
The Beatles songs rather than the Beatles themselves, belong for me, to the more pleasant side of my life. Meanwhile, we know that to become a legend and to stand in the limelight carries a price, and also that the circumstances and conditions required for a song to keep fresh and lively for years are not easily created.
For these reasons, I think today, in our fast-moving time in which everyone can do everything that music and songs hardly have a chance to become evergreens and keep going strong. Originating from calculated profit and greed, grown in the test tubes of a huge multimedia-music industry, younger folk get to dreaming of becoming glittering and famous pop stars.
As made-up acts, they will never be able to go the way, or very seldom, of authenticity as with bands such as the Beatles or Rolling Stones. And not to mention, the works of J. S. Bach or Mozart.
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