So even after the start of the shit storm, and even after he told Paul he was leaving the Beatles, John still took the time to tell Paul he loved him, nice.
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Things like this make you realize how complicated that relationship was. 40 years later and it’s still largely a mystery, and therefore still fascinating. It’s undeniably true that they loved each other. What if they had not let their egos and pride get in the way, what if they had acknowledged that their lives had changed as individuals, they had wives and children and so on, and agreed to make the Beatles an ongoing concern but not a 365 days-a-year affair? What if they had agreed to meet once a year for a few weeks, without spouses and distractions, to make an album, to catch up as the oldest of friends, to be Beatles, and in the rest of the year to do everything else (solo records, non-musical projects, etc.), in other words simply acknowledge that the boys’ club days were over, that the days of absolute ambition and superhuman focus, so much easier to achieve in one’s 20s, were gone for good, but realize that’s no reason to throw the whole Beatles thing away? What would have happened?
Yes, they had a complex relationship yet through it all there was a deep admiration and a heartfelt love that endured amidst the slurs, jabs & barbs. The Beatles have often said that they were as close as brothers and they counted on one another. That type of bond is very strong and survives circumstance and distance.
Very sweet postcard. : )
I’m not sure I would have liked for them to meet once a year and catch up and be the Beatles though. I don’t know, but one of my favourite things about them is that intensely close relationship they had with each other. And as it happens, that relationship was so intensely close that when it went wrong, it was just as intense, although sometimes in a negative way. But I’m glad they exploded with each other, rather than have their relationship gradually fizzle out, and mean less. And it’s postcards and behind-the-scenes moments like these that show the love never died, nor the thoughts of one another. They always were, and still are I believe, a massive part of one anothers lives – even when not in presence.
Sophie: I’m not sure I would’ve liked it either, their becoming “professionals” in a way, going about the job of being the Beatles year after year. I was just wondering what would have happened. I think I too prefer to have only the records of their youth. In that respect, they probably broke up at exactly the right time.
It will always provoke thoughts about what could have been. We will never know. They were the best
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