**As you will know, The Beatles, are widely respected as one of the most originally prolific and creative Musical Groups of the last Century. **However a while ago, a friend of mine who is a Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and an Oxford Graduate Composer famous for Film and TV Series Themes, got together and made a TV Documentary about The Beatles Words and Music.
In it, the Professor read a great many excerpts from The Beatles original songs. But then took you for a journey through the History of English Literature, revealing the true origins, of many of the turns of phrases and connections of words and ideas utilised by John Lennon in his Lyrics. It was an utter revelation, incredibly interesting, and simply divulged the mysterious manner, in which we are continually absorbing cultural elements of the world around us without ever realising it. It just happens, and is an entirely human phenomenon.
Similarly. The Composer explained how many of the Introductions, Cadences, Phrases and Chord Progressions in Paul McCartneys Music had their origins in Music of the past he would have grown up hearing as a child. Some of the illustrations involved Church Music and Hymns! Now, no-one is suggesting that Lennon and McCartney plagiarised the work of others, not in any way at all. Rather the point is that what we allow ourselves to be regularly exposed to, will be taken in often at the level of the subconscious, and absorbed by our physical senses, and then locked into our memories to influence us at some point, to shape our future thinking and feelings without us realising it.
One day, as Lyricists or Composers, when we are firing on all cylinders, with our 12 cylinder brains, in a really Originally Creative Mood, our synapses will be flashing away, and ideas will float into our mind, unbidden from our memories that we believe are entirely original to us. However, they are often in fact, slivers of the past, elements drawn from previous experience that unconsciously inform and direct our thinking and influence and shape what we are now in the process of Creating.
I do not write this to suggest that Lennon or McCartney were anything other than an original ‘tour de force’ of The Music World. Rather, to make the point that if such people as The Beatles are influenced in such a clearly profound manner. What hope is there, for us as ordinary people, that we will escape the effects of negative cultural influences if we choose to deliberately and repeatedly expose our subconsciously inner beings to their subtly powerful, colouring and dominance.
In Psalm 45 we read. “For the director of music. To “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song. My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” His heart had been dwelling on good things, and now his pen simply overflows with all he had been carrying in his heart. There is a chain linked together here that what he dwells upon in his heart, stirs him to speak about it, and then what he has spoken, overflows into his writing. What we think about, affects how we feel, and then how we feel, affects how we act and also react.
What I am attempting to portray, is that we should be careful what we take into ourselves, and realise that we are influenced by our cultural environment, far more than we are probably prepared to openly admit, even to ourselves. When an influence has a well recognised negative source we should guard our Spirit, and be alert to the potential dangers we are exposing ourselves to.
Many years ago, a friend of mine who at the time was the Top Session Drummer in the U.K. was invited by Brian Epstein to join The Beatles to replace their current Drummer. He turned the job down, because then The Beatles were not known outside Liverpool and he was a busy London Session Player. retrosellers.com/features138.htm
Later George Martin replaced The Beatles drummer as he wasn’t up to the task. But this wasn’t the reason that Brian Epstein had wanted to give my friend the job. The truth was that Pete Best’s (their Drummer then) mother didn’t get on with Brian Epstein, a homosexual, and she didn’t like her boy working in the seedy Clubs of Hamburg and gave him stick.
**You see, when we have good Moral values, something inside us won’t accept what isn’t right! ** And this point extends to taking responsibility for the type of media we expose ourselve to as well.
Paul McCartney has a home on the South Coast of England, not too far from where one of his old Abbey Rd Recording Engineers settled, and quite close to a Christian Recording Studio I have used in the past that is well equipped with Vintage Microphones and Superbly Equipped. Sometimes he has gone there to Record, and once invited the whole staff to a Major Music Awards Festival to sit at the Front Table and Dine with him.
**Being a Christian, can get you to the Top Table, with the Worlds Major Music Stars, in Major Award Festivals.
Unfortunately, being a Pop Star, will not get you through the Gates of Heaven.
To Dine with The Lord.**