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July 24, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Beatlemania

She loves them

Sir Paul McCartney flashes a peace sign as he walks offstage at a packed Safeco Field Friday, during his "Out There" tour. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.]

Sir Paul McCartney flashes a peace sign as he walks offstage at a packed Safeco Field Friday, during his “Out There” tour. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.]

I am writing in protest of Justin Moyer’s column on The Beatles. [“The Beatles: Let them be,” Opinion, July 22.]

I am a teenager, and I like the Beatles. There is nothing wrong with modern teenagers who like the Beatles.

Was the sold-out Paul McCartney concert last weekend not enough to convince him that there are still many people who would be loath to “let them go?” Moyer seems to think modern society has outgrown the Beatles, and he is wrong.

There will never be a time when we outgrow the Beatles. They transcend era for a blatantly simple reason that Moyer seems to miss altogether: The Beatles’ music is good. That is all there is to it. That is why people still listen to them.

Asking us to “kick our Beatles addiction” is the equivalent of asking a symphony to stop playing Mozart’s pieces because they “just weren’t built for our times.”

The Beatles continue to define generations and change lives. As long as people recognize quality music, the Beatles’ legacy will remain.

Long live Beatlemania.

Lily Robinthal, Vashon Island

He’ll cry instead

Has anyone heard of the musician Justin Moyer? I don’t know what qualifies him to make the pronouncements that “[The Beatles] just weren’t built for these times … The Fab Four are overrated.”

As if to lend credibility to these statements, Moyer makes sure we know that he “started making records in 1996,” and that he still performs “regularly.” Perhaps Moyer has other music credentials he hasn’t mentioned that might make him some sort of expert?

I think Moyer is just a frustrated musician, and I would color him green with envy.

Mary Naum, Seattle

Comments | Topics: beatles, george harrison, john lennon

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