Till There Was You // The Beatles
I really, truly, positively, literally cannot name a favorite Beatles song. Most of my favorites tend toward the later, psychedelic era, so my default answer is “Strawberry Fields Forever.” But there are a dozen other candidates.
Every once in a while, I listen to their catalog from beginning to end and rediscover stuff I forgot about. And while I favor the mid-to-late period stuff, there are gems in the early part that move me deeply. With The Beatles, their second album (depending on how you categorize it), was recorded quickly, just as Beatlemania was taking root in the brain stems of girls across the world. It’s about half covers—here’s Paul singing a number from a Broadway musical, of all things.
Listen to this boy sing this beautiful love song and tell me you don’t understand what the fuss was about. I’m about ready to throw my panties at him, too.
Oh, and dig George’s old school archtop-inspired guitar solo. Le swoon.