Saturday, April 7, 2012

Across the universe.

Of the few odd fortnights when you sit down and let out a sigh for none of the moons in particular, just a sudden act of simple contentment which surprises you,too. You blink a little more often with a silly grin on your face trying to realize the sudden lightness in your head, which has generously stopped buzzing.
Almost as if the universe was listening, the next track beautifully tunes on to a familiar, forgotten Beatles song. You literally roll your eyes at thin air, a mental salute at impeccable timing.

The head starts bobbing to the slow beats of Come Together and you can almost see yourself right in front of you, dancing to that very song with your closest pals into the night, the laughs, the girls shrugging off their heels and the boys loosening their ties. You remember the three pairs of hook ups around you and the thirty or two hiccups around the dimly lit terrace.


Michelle starts playing, and you're taken back to that one particular yellow afternoon when it was hot as hell and you were stranded in the middle of the road with a pair of torn green flip flops. That afternoon was your first proposal, ever. Well you saw one, anyway. A boy on his cycle with quiet lilies tucked in his school bag while the girl looked down at her feet blushing, who finally said Yes.
Boy, you remember fist punching the air and walking past them barefoot, grinning like a madman with eyes as big as almonds.

And the next thing you know, you find yourself standing in the corridors of your old school with the English teacher you literally preached; listening to stories of her time and her lady secrets hidden into yet another Beatles number. You remember her humming to Love me Do and complaining about how your friends and you have not a clue of the real songs by them Mc.Cartney and the boys.. about how Ringo would always be the Star. The first and the last time your 53 year old English teacher looked like a little dreamy girl to you.

"You say goodbye, and I say hello...hello hello hello! I don't know why you say Goodbye, I say hello" was the first and the only line of Hello Goodbye you remember of the one real drunk night in a far away city with a friend who's as good as a stranger, now. It was a happy night, and they were good times, and all good things came to an end, and you left it at that.
"You say goodbye, and  I say hello.."

And finally, the song your mother sang to you since you were five.. Lovely Rita, probably one of your youngest and oldest memories. You laugh at your mother all by yourself tonight, remembering her pretending to play the piano like a drunk man every time she sang the song with her checkered apron on and red platforms.

The night rolls on to the last song.. you know it's the finale when you hear the song of young days and younger hearts singing to And I Love Her. He was the one boy and you were the one girl, and that was the one song. And you keep telling yourself it doesn't make your heart skip a beat, still. You keep telling yourself that it was long time ago, and you just keep telling yourself a lot of things. And finally, you give up and smile.


.........and once silence fills in the room again, you realize how stiff your body's become from sitting on that chair for a while now, you come back to reality and grow up all over again.
Yes, sir. You grew up with all those songs. And whoever you are, make sure that 'one odd fortnight' happens a little more often, and make sure you salute those four boys with impeccable timing. Make sure, you remember those songs, cause the universe is listening.
The universe is listening to The Beatles, right now.
 


(Because I'm in my yellow submarine..yellow submarine..yellow submarine.)
-Nil.

38 comments:

  1. What beatles does to you.. It does to me too..
    Cheers! :-)

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    1. Oh, it does to everyone :)
      Cheers, right there!

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    1. I know just the theme for Guina's terrace party :)

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    2. Jai Guru Deeeevaaaaaaaaa Om :]

      Done.Done.Done.Done.

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    3. Nothing's gonna change my worlddddddddd.

      :)

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  3. Love the Beatles it was great here in the UK when Beatlemania hit the world.

    Happy Easter.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Beatlemania it was, Beatlemania it is, and Beatlemania is shall be :)

      Happy Easter to you too, Yvonne!

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  4. I absolutely loved Across the Universe, the movie!
    The sings are timeless :')

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    1. Timeless, ageless, evergreen,
      :)

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  5. Lady I is love the Beatles, jaja. This is amazeballs.

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    1. Word be word.
      I'm book marking 'amazeballs' for further reference =D

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  6. Well im not really that big a fan of the Beatles (no reason as such), but Ive heard people talk about them almost reverentially, and well, this post is no exception! :)

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    1. They're the kind of exceptions that compel us to never make an exception whilst bragging about good music :)
      You should give them a try, sometime!

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    2. Wow, you worded that really well :O
      Oh i have heard some of their songs. I love I wanna hold your hand, Hello Goodbye, Twist and shout, Here comes the sun and All you need is love. But Im not a obsessed with them as a group, I guess! I dont know why though :P

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    3. Maaaaaaan, you just got me listening to those guys again after mentioning such yummy hits all over again!

      And oh well, saves you an addiction I guess? Cause Beatlemania ain't nothing less :P

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  7. You know my favourite Beatles song is Yellow Submarine! No matter what I'm doing or where I am, it brings a big wide smile on my face. :) My mum's favourite song is also Lovely Rita, can you believe it? There must be something about that song man!

    And did you like that movie, Across the Universe? I thought it was pretty okay but I absolutely loved their version of I Wanna Hold Your Hand. :)

    Yet another one of your lovely posts woman! Loved it! :)

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    1. I know, right. Yellow submarine is the kinda song that makes you swing your head irrespective of wherever you are!
      And haha I think it's a 'Mom thing' as far as Lovely Rita goes :)

      Sadly, I haven't watched the movie! (Yeah, I know. Pffft right.)
      I shall, I shall. Now that I've got two references of the movie in a single post!

      And thank you so much Tangled Up :)

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  8. BeatlesLoveBeatlesLoveBeatlesLove <3
    I grew up with Love me do playing around the house on Sunday mornings too. My dad was a die hard fan of the Beatles and the Carpenters :)
    Love your posts lady, absolutely do :)

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    1. Yeah, I can relate to that. Our dad's generation and before are the guys who experienced real Beatlemania, I guess. What we have is the heard and heard-all-over-again numbers behest of the legendary music those guys made :)

      Haha thank you! Thrilled, I be :)

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  9. Beatles...ABBA...Simon&Garfunkel...
    Aah music-o-manic.

    ~Antara

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    1. And those be called the Golden stuff, brother.

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  10. I was listening to songs as I started reading this post. When I say the Beatles, I skipped the songs in my iPod for a Beatles song. I couldn't get one. While I was completing the post, "When My Guitar Gently Weeps". I was like "Hell Yeah. This is what I was waiting for". :)

    Nice Post btw. :) Lovely Read. :)

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    1. So glad I could help, Ajay. Will surely watch out for your post :)

      Thank you, so much!

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    www.imagination19.blogspot.com

    Take Care and keep writing. :)

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    1. Oi! Dint see this comment out there. (you're fast :P )

      And woohhooo, thank you! You're much too kind and a generous follower. Thank you, am humbled :)

      I be on my way to check the award out!
      *does the happy dance*
      =)

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    2. Yeah ! I get that a lot that I am fast.

      You're welcome. :)
      I hope you like the award. :)

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    3. Absolutely loved it and honored.
      Thank you, again! :)

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  12. I like, no, actually I LOVE the beatles...And oh, I haven't yet watched the movie.....
    Willl do tht.

    I like how they end up cheering you up, no matter what is the mood...And how even there sad songs are not sad.

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    1. I haven't watched the movie, either! The title was basically meant to be that of the song, Across the Universe.
      But yes, the movie's on my To-Do for sure.

      And SO perfectly put. Even the sad songs aren't sad.
      :')

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  13. I said something wrong and now I long for yesterday.
    Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
    Now I need a place to hide away
    I believe in yesterday


    I grew up with Yesterday. </3
    Blackbird, Strawberry fields forever & While my guitar gently weeps - are next best favs! :)

    Even though Beatles are definitely not my fav band (Pearl Jam it is for me.. :) - I am totally a electric guitar riffs person!), some of their songs make me wish I was living in the sixties.

    ~ Annie.

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    1. My point, exactly. Given a choice, I'd trade anything to land up in the sixties, in the strawberry fields where there is nothing to get hung about.. :)

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  14. Bro,this needs to have a like button.Too good.

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