It was 50 years ago today…

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50 years ago today the legendary album that is ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was released by The Beatles.

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I received the album as a gift about 6 or 7 years ago, and being about 11 years old at the time I had no idea of the impact this album, or indeed this band, would have on my life. I listened to it a couple of times and tapped my foot along to the beat, but didn’t think any more of it. But when the melodies started to become more familiar to me, when the lyrics started to reveal themselves to me as the intricate stories and ideas that they had been all that time without me realising it, it dawned on me. This band would go on to change my musical passions forever, in a way that even now is incomprehensible to me. I suppose this album taught me one particular thing that I’d thought was impossible before: a band from another century being able to possess the ability to produce wacky, diverse music that still sparkles and shines today as if it had been written yesterday. So I’d like to thank this album for nudging me into the direction my life has taken since, and I’d mainly like to thank this band for dazzling my senses with their genius that had developed before and after this creation. I’ll celebrate this momentous occasion with another close listening to ‘Sgt Pepper’, to truly cherish its appeal once again and to see if there are any quirks that I’d missed before. How will you celebrate?

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