This past weekend, some family friends and I visited the beautiful Whistler, Canada! It was a lovely getaway and to my pleasant surprise, it included a few Beatles charms along the way.
On our first full day of the trip, we decided to take the gondola up the mountains. With the weather treating us right, I was able to wear my Meet The Beatles! t-shirt which I recently scored on a shopping trip to the Japanese clothing store, Uniqlo (which were only available in the men’s section). Check out my shirt below, standing in first place!
“GOLDen slumbers fill your eyes” ❤
While I wanted to strut around the mountain tops of Canada all day in Beatles spirit, it did become colder the higher up we went, so I had to put on a sweatshirt eventually.
Later that evening, I spotted a silly shirt from a souvenir shop in the Whistler Village:
They all appear to be “bear” foot in this rendition of Abbey Road.
Last but not least, on our last full day of the trip, we went to the Farmer’s Market in Blackcomb Village where we spotted a “punny” popcorn stand: Sargent Poppers Kettle Corn. Sadly, I was running pretty low on cash towards the end of the trip and had to pass on the kettle corn. But it sure smelled good and had a great name.
Back in November, a few coworkers and I volunteered at an event to raise money for a charity. At this event were donors from the world-renowned video game company, Bungie. For those that don’t know, Bungie created the videogame Destiny in which Paul McCartney helped compose music for the game. One of his many contributions was his original song for the game “Hope For the Future.” The second I discovered that employees from Bungie were at the event, I made it a goal for the evening to chat with them and ask if they personally worked with Paul during the project.
For the sake of privacy, I will not list any name or gender of the employee I spoke with; I will neutrally refer to them as “X”… It wasn’t until the very end of the event when my coworker and dear friend encouraged me to finally approach the group of Bungie employees.
Me: nervously “Hi, this is kind of random, but umm… I’m a really big Paul McCartney fan…and I, uhh–“
X: “OH my goodness – Paul is SO sweet!”
X: “I never met him in person, but I communicated with him via email”
X went on to talk about how kind Paul is and what a treat it was to have him work on their project a few years back. Our encounter was short and ended with an endearing hug and me in theatrical tears. See below for an action shot:
My coworker and dear friend is a firm believer in energies and world connectedness. As he put it – I was so overwhelmed with joy because I “dabbled in Paul’s energy.” After all, I was only one degree of separation from him at that moment in time.
Everyone at my work knows that I am a HUGE Beatles fan… even the mailman! You might be wondering – how does our mailman know about my Beatlemania? Well, a couple of months ago, my coworker and I decided to have a little screensaver competition at our desk jobs. My coworker, being a Pink Floyd fan, decided to put a picture of the band as her computer screen’s background while I used a picture of The Beatles for mine. We then went on to ask our coworkers, including the mailman, to vote on which screensaver they preferred. This sparked a conversation with our mailman, for he was surprised that someone as young as myself could be such a dedicated fan. (oh and for the record, my screensaver won by a landslide).
Anyways, one day in April when our mailman dropped in, he gave me a newspaper article advertising an art showing for animator Ron Campbell at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery in Bellevue. Campbell has had an incredible career of 50+ years in the animation field. Some of his credits include The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and what caught my eye the most, The Beatles animated TV series and animated 1968 film “Yellow Submarine.” I had to go see his work!
All artwork pictured was created by animator Ron Campbell and displayed at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery.
Campbell’s art showing included original works from “Yellow Submarine” and provided the opportunity to meet the animator himself. To my surprise, he did not meet a single Beatles member while working on the TV series and film. He actually created his work abroad at his home in Australia at the time, while the Fab Four was busy pursuing their own work (AKA blessing our ears and souls with the greatest music of all time). Not so surprising, one of Campbell’s favorite Beatles songs is “Yellow Submarine.” Campbell was warm, inviting, and passionate. It was an honor to meet an animator who has shared his art with the world all these years.
To celebrate the 4th of July last year, my boyfriend, some close friends and I went up north to the beautiful Anacortes, WA. For those who do not know, Anacortes is a quaint and beautiful coastal city in the northwest region of Washington state. The city has unique charms to it, one of which includes the Anacortes Cinema. This is a historical looking movie theater, decorated with large murals illustrating iconic characters from classic films. I went for a little scavenger hunt, hoping to find a Beatles mural… I was thrilled to stumble upon a replica of the Yellow Submarine from The Beatles 1968 animated film:
Another gem we were lucky enough to come across was Alley Cat Antiques. This store has a plethora of antiques ranging from home decor to clothing, but most importantly, music. Naturally, I began to dig through their vinyl selection in search for Beatles records. Once I came across an Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of The Beatles HELP! on vinyl, I knew I needed to purchase it. However, before purchase, my friends, who are far more rational than me, brought up a good point that perhaps the vinyl quality was damaged or no good. The store owner was kind enough to set up an old record player to test the quality of the record. We all anxiously awaited for the result and the second we heard the beginning of “Ticket to Ride,” we all screamed with joy and sang along. What a successful thrift shop find!
Inside the vinyl cover includes film stills from the movie:
The evening concluded with a fireworks show by the water. Once we arrived at the venue, to my surprise, there was a live band covering Paul McCartney and The Wings’ “Band on the Run” and up next was “With a Little Help from My Friends” by The Beatles. It was a 4th of July celebrated with loved ones, fireworks and Beatles memorabilia… all with a little help from my friends.
August 25th, 1966, The Beatles performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historical concert, the Seattle Mariner’s hosted a Beatles Tribute Night at Safeco Field last summer! My boyfriend and I teamed up with another couple to celebrate the event.
My dad had a clever idea to wear t-shirts that spelled out Beatles-themed words. We would proceed to create 3 sets of shirts where every 3rd inning we would peel off a layer to expose a new word. Starting off the night, we spelled “LOVE” and captioned the photo “[g]love is all you need.” Come the 3rd inning, we revealed our next layer which spelled “PAUL” and captioned the photo “take me out to the PAUL game.” By the 6th inning, we displayed our final layer, “HELP,” which unfortunately was needed for the Mariner’s by this point in the game.
Along with our t-shirts, I created popsicle-stick heads with The Beatles in 1964, 1969, and Paul aging from 1964 to 2012. In total, we had 12 of these popsicle-stick heads and eventually passed them out to other fans seated in our section.
The Seattle Mariner’s gave out Beatles themed fleece blankets at the game, which you can see pictured below:
I am not sure which is greater – the amount of times I danced to Beatles music this night or the amount of times we were captured on the jumbotron!
For Halloween this past year, I brought my fandom to life… I dressed as a 1965 teen with Beatlemania! My costume consisted of light pink oxfords, black tights, a black pleated skirt, a baby blue collared button-up, “The Beatles” white crew neck purchased off of Amazon and most importantly, binoculars. I gotta get a good view of those mop tops!
My friends and I celebrated Halloween with food, games and laughter. The night concluded with a costume contest, which was won by yours truly.
When graduation season came around, I immediately started brainstorming how I wanted to decorate my cap. Obviously, I knew I wanted it to be Beatles themed. After much thought, I decided to go with some of my favorite lyrics: Let it Be. A friend and I went to a local Michael’s art supplies store where we found gold sparkly letters, 3D flowers and a “groovy 60’s” themed scrapbook decor set that included an acoustic guitar. Perfection!
Not only is Let it Be a beautiful song that makes me ugly cry every time I hear it, it is also a motto of life I need to live by. Post-graduation brings immense pressure and curiosity as to what my next move in life will be. I just have to keep moving forward, pursuing things I love and Let it Be.
Back in May of 2016, I had to pick up my cap and gown for June graduation. To my surprise, there was a professional balloonist at the pick-up station. He was creating fun animals and Husky spirit objects for soon to be graduates. When the balloonist asked what I wanted, all I could think to say was “I don’t know… I am a really big Paul McCartney fan.” He continued to chat with me, asking which parts of Paul’s life-long career are my favorite. I went on to explain that I appreciate every aspect of his career (The Quarrymen, The Beatles, Wings, solo work and collaborations) and also the work he continues to do in the present. As we spoke, I began to catch on that he was making me a Sir Paul with his balloons! Not only did he make Paul, he even made him playing a UW colored bass! Needless to say, I carried the balloon with me all over campus that day and even showed it off to other students in all of my classes.
Clearly, Paul is my favorite Beatle. Who is yours?
I hope Paul is ambidextrous…