July 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM
The legacy of The Beatles
Mean Mr. Moyer
Justin Moyer clearly feels that the influence of The Beatles has lingered beyond its intended shelf life. [“Column: The Beatles: Let them be,” Opinion, July 22.]
In response, let me begin by saying that anyone who says The Velvet Underground is on the same level with The Beatles needs to have his credentials checked at the door.
Let me continue by saying I know from experience that 12-year-olds are going to listen to what 12-year-olds want to listen to. If they’re listening to The Beatles, that speaks for itself.
I’ll conclude by saying that, for all the hoopla and hysteria that ushered in Beatlemania, it always has and always will be about the music. From the pure beauty of “Here, There and Everywhere,” to the surpassing psychedelia of “Strawberry Fields Forever,” pesky reminders of their brilliance abound. That this elicits head-shaking or hand-wringing makes it no less true.
Lew Witham, Seattle
Across the generations
Justin Moyer’s column poses a strange request in asking us to forget The Beatles and move beyond their legacy.
I simply ask: Why? The Beatles remain popular today among baby boomers and subsequent generations primarily because they wrote great, groundbreaking music. Their sound spanned across love ballads, cutting-edge rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelia, and remains popular today because of its diversity.
Should Moyer also ask us to forget Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Irving Berlin, simply because other talented musicians have followed? Their legacy also spans the ages and remains fresh and timeless today, just as that of The Beatles.
Jim Rymsza, Seattle
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