Sunday, 13 May 2012
The Beatles Childhood Homes
A few days ago I was in Liverpool. Whilst there I visited the childhood home of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I didn't know much about the Beatles, only that I knew some of their songs and that they were an awesome band in the 60's. I learnt so much more that day. Because I was inspired so much I thought you might want to hear some of it too.
John's home was the most privileged out of all of the four band members. The house was in a leafy suburb away from the centre of busy Liverpool. He was raised by his Aunty because living with his mother was too unsettling. Under his Aunt's protection he was raised with the expectation to do well and study hard at school. His home was stunning, so quaint like the houses were in the 50's. But the room that inspired me so much was John's bedroom. There in that little space, John played away for hours on his guitar, away from his Aunt's disapproving ears, and there he wrote songs that would reach every corner of the world!
He didn't care for education and thought that as long as he could read and write, he was happy. He met Paul who lived a little further away on a council estate which I visited also.
His living room was most moving. The carpet was made out of the ends of runners that were sewn together and the wall paper was made of three different scrap ends of paper that nobody else wanted. There was a piano in the corner of the room where the family would sit and sing together. It was a small house but worn away with love and use as any house should be.
The fact that both Paul and John's mothers died brought them closer together. They began making music together and formed the Beatles with Ringo and George.
And I thought, that no matter what people place on you, whether it is the expectation to be successful in someone's eyes or to never be expected to get any further in life than a factory worker- you can achieve whatever your heart tells you to- what you were born for!
Some people are so obsessed with education that they think it is everything that a person could possibly want or need in life. It is useful, yes, it can be powerful, yes, but so can other things in just the same way. When my parents decided to home-school my sister and I they had little to no support from both sides of their family. Other people looked down on us because we weren't doing things the way everyone else did it or were worried we weren't doing it 'properly'. But at the end of the day it is what you do for others that matters- what you do for God. I know how blessed the western countries are to have such easy access to education, but it is the person that counts not their station in life or how much money their high job pays them.
Though John and Paul's childhood were tragic in some ways, they managed to use the bad times as a strength and they rose far above anyone's judgements. I will take their homes, stories, and music everywhere I go in my mind. And whenever I hear a Beatles song, I shall be whisked back to that day of powerful revelation and truth. I shall be brought back, personally, to John and Paul's story. A story that started in their homes and which I feel so honoured to have looked in upon.
The Bottom Line- Hold your head high, don't let what others think control the way you are, live for a higher purpose and finally, follow what you were made for!
God bless everyone who has a gift, and wants with all their heart to use that gift- have faith and step out into what you know you have been called to do!
"That guitar is okay John, but you'll never make a living with it" (John's Aunt Mimi)