16 May 1980

Today-math, core, french, ia, + science. Tut/TJ/EC. I got a letter back from Northwest Territories & New Hebrides. Dad came over with a lot of his stuff plus good papers + I got a Beatles 1967 record Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon. *  A 

* Craig is first formally “introduced” to Beatles [1] 

[1] This asterisked footnote was added some time later. This date had the most influence on my life during my teen years. Children of my generation heard “Octopus’s Garden” regularly on “Sesame Street” and I even remember singing “Yellow Submarine” in primary school. Although I had certainly heard about the Beatles by the time I was fourteen years old, I had had up till then no moment where I put on an entire Beatles album and listened to it. My father, recently divorced from my mother. was leaving us and running away to Florida to escape the arms of the Canadian authorities. (Only in retrospect did we realize this.) Before he left, he dropped off a box full of LP records. I went through them and pulled out those that I wanted. I had recently read in some music book or a book of lists that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band had been voted the number one rock album of all time by a group of music critics. I decided to give the album a listen and it changed the rest of my life. It was an album unlike anything I had ever heard, and I played it from start to finish over and over again. “A Day in the Life” was my favourite song on the album. There perhaps is no better introduction to the music of the Beatles than the Sgt. Pepper album. It made me a lifelong fan, and from that moment on I was hooked. I would buy a new Beatles album every two weeks with the meagre money I earned from my paper route. Imagine the treat my ears were given, with new Beatles music on a regular basis. I often couldn’t decide what album to buy since the Beatles’ catalogue was so vast. The two best summers of my life were the summer of 2000, when I lived in Helsinki, and the summer of 1980, when I “discovered” the Beatles.    

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