Now and Then

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Fifty six years ago, The Beatles asked one simple question. They wanted to know where all the lonely people came from. My latest theory is that the lonely people came from being fulfilled. 

As The Beatles’ discography closes with a life-altering song, “Now and Then,” I am prompted to reflect on what John, Paul, Ringo, and George have taught me. The deep, thought-provoking music video of this final goodbye has left me with endless questions. At the end of the day, we have ourselves, which leaves us with an inevitable sense of loneliness. “Now and Then” came into fruition over almost six decades, indicating the lingering of loneliness; it was there 60 years ago, and it’s here now and then. It’s ironic, isn’t it? “Now and Then” encapsulates the feeling of distraught isolation, but was made through togetherness. Ringo and Paul mourn the loss of their soulmates, being that music is a soulful journey, together. Late John Lennon’s vocals are isolated through the use of modern technology (one of the few things I believe it’s good for), and blended with Paul McCartney’s current day vocals, leaving listeners with an iconic duo shaped-hole in their hearts. If that wasn’t already enough, the chorus, in context of Beatle history, is accompanied by the most heart-wrenching, gut-turning lyrics: 

“Now and then

 I miss you 

Oh, now and then 

I want you to be there for me 

Always return to me”

Returning to the world-renowned question The Beatles struck the world with in “Eleanor Rigby,” the lonely people come from togetherness. “Now and Then” ties together 60 years of love, madness, and good fu**ing music. It also incorporates the brutal grief Ringo and Paul have had to experience with constant reminders of their lost ones; the ones who made it to the top with them, through it all. Paul McCartney opened The Beatles discography on a count in “I Saw Her Standing There,” and turned the open sign off with a count in on “Now and Then.” Thank you for the music. I will miss The Beatles, now and then.

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