I never realized


The other week I was listening to “The Beatles A-Z,” a program on XM Radio’s 60’s station. They have interview clips mixed in with all the other things they play. One of the clips was from a 1980 interview with John and I was stunned to hear it and realize that he was starting to lose his Liverpool accent by that time. He was no longer rolling his “r”s at all; he pronounced them like an American. Which makes sense, as he’d been living in the U.S. for, what, eight or nine years by then?
I had to think for a moment why I’d never noticed this before and then it struck me that it’s because that was probably the first time I’d ever heard audio of John speaking following his house-husband period. Thinking it over, I’m pretty sure all the interview clips I’ve ever heard/seen before now have been circa 1974 or prior. It made me sad that there were all those years where he was saying things that no one will ever hear now. I know that’s strange. Also it made me sad because that was it. How he sounded in that 1980 clip, that’s how he’ll sound forever. There’s no way we’ll ever know what his voice would have sounded like in 1990 or 2000 or 2005. I hate that that’s where it ends. There should be more.


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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