Let’s take A Moment Day 59

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Not surprisingly, all four members of the Beatles went on to have successful solo careers.  Ringo Starr has toured with many different musicians under the heading of his All Starr Band.  And each year on his birthday, July 7, Starr asks his fans around the world to either say or think thoughts of peace and love at noon to “create a wave of peace and love across the planet”.  This movement grows more each year, and since Starr will be 80 years young this July, I hope even more people and countries will participate in this beautiful act of kindness for a man who has given us all so much.

Peace, remember peace is how we make it,
Here within your reach
If you’re big enough to take it.”

Ringo

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Ringo Starr:  “It Don’t Come Easy” (1971, written by Richard Starkey).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Happy 75th Birthday, Ringo Starr!!!

Beatles drummer Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr, turns 75 years young today.

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Copyright 2012 by Michele Antonio

His career in music started over 50 years ago when he replaced Pete Best as the drummer of the band that was about to become known world wide as “The Fab Four”.  Starr was the lead singer on several Beatles’ songs including “With A Little Help From My Friends“, “Yellow Submarine” and “Octopus’s Garden“.

After the Beatles reign as the greatest band on earth ended (yes I wrote that!!!), Starr had several solo hits including “It Don’t Come Easy“, “Photograph” (co-written with George Harrison) and “You’re Sixteen“.  The latter two hit number one on the charts in November 1973 & January 1974, respectively.

The younger generation may also know him as “Mr. Conductor” on the “Shining Time Station” PBS series & as the narrator from the first two seasons of “Thomas and Friends”.

Earlier this year Starr was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, having already been inducted as a member of the Beatles in 1988.  During the last 25 years he has been touring with his “All Starr Band” featuring a revolving group of musicians.

I was lucky enough to see him live twice at the theatre on Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY.  The first time was during the early 1990’s and the second was in 2012.  The pictures featured in this post are from the second show where I was 10 feet from one of the Beatles!!!

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Copyright 2012 by Michele Antonio

Thankfully, Ringo is still making music which you can listen to (while wishing him a happy birthday) here.

How do we thank a Beatle for EVERYTHING he has given us?  Music was never the same from the time we met him and the other lads from Liverpool via “The Ed Sullivan Show” on February 9, 1964.  A mere “thank you” seems inadequate.  I, for one, am eternally grateful!!!

Happy birthday, Ringo!!!