Spotify is everyone’s best friend. Or better, mine. I don’t know anymore of a life as a commuter without it. But my life has taken me, for reasons I will explain in details in the next lines, to use Spotify to listen to basically the entire Beatles discography for the last month: not just the most famous Beatles songs, but a full and exclusive immersion into their musical world.
And this is how my life has changed.
Songs, but also books, videos and movies by The Beatles.
Why would I incessantly play The Beatles on Spotify in my car, during my 1-hour daily commute, as well as watching to the video of Hey Jude every single night after dinner?
Kids, or better, my kid. OK, we have a pretty musical family, with grandparents playing gigs as well as dad constantly air-drumming (and doing the actual drumming as we got an electric kit). There would be plenty of other contemporary bands children usually get into: Rihanna, Drake, some boy band or some trapper. I don’t even know how it all happened, but my son developed a true and deep obsession for the Beatles: everything he does is in his head connected to what John Lennon did, or the date of birth of Ringo, or when Paul McCartney will be playing next. If we go to the public library, it is books about the Beatles and John Lennon I have got to search for him, not any of the Disney stories, so much so, he even likes them more than Spiderman, and dropped Harry Potter from the things he can’t live without. We ended up watching The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour film, something a kid probably grasped better than me.
The Beatles: A daily routine
Forgot to mention, my son is 5 years old. Bedtime stories became books such as ‘Il sogno di John’- by Marco Giorgi (John’s Dream), where he got to understand the meaning behind the video and the song Imagine by John Lennon and how Yoko Ono contributed to make it into what it is. He also stopped watching cartoons altogether and demanded after dinner would completely be dedicated to listening to the Beatles, watching every night a video he had never seen before, ending the session just before brushing-teeth time with the one and only Hey Jude. At school he started tormenting his teachers with information about the Beatles songs and albums and started teaching his classmates some of the most memorable Beatles lyrics too, with very little success though, unfortunately.
Spotify and the case of The Beatles
All these led to one thing: my Spotify started being set to the Beatles constantly, and even when I happened to be on my own, I would end up listening to them, without realising I was.
And on different fronts, it has been the best thing that has happened to me after discovering ASMR. The premises to this were rather peculiar as in the previous month I had listened to the angry bars from Eminem, who happened to have just released a surprise album: I feel that somehow his anger might have found a way to transfer on me, plus, the constant traffic and failures of modern life did play their part in ‘agreeing’ with his anger.
One of the culprits in this The Beatles full immersion is also the way Spotify works, playing the role of main culprits in making me a very happy bundle of joy too. What Spotify did to me is rather unexpected. I don’t own a premium account, which means I should have been hearing adverts every now and then as I listened to the Beatles album. Not only that, my The Beatles discography full immersion should have been interrupted at times by so called ‘related’ artists, the suggestions Spotify decides to sneak in while you are listening to your favourite artist; but it did not.
Back when I was trying to learn the lyrics of ‘Not Alike’ from Eminem’s Kamikaze, Spotify would in fact interrupt my memory exercise with stuff from XXX Temptacion, for example. When playing the Beatles on Spotify, this was not the case. And there is only one possible explanation to this: The Beatles joined Spotify only recently and arranged a special agreement with the music platform. In just over two years, The Beatles numbers on Spotify are proof that they are making plenty of people happier, and it isn’t just me or an older generation of fans.
What is it that makes me a happier person when I listen to entire Beatles discography?
Spotify aside, there’s more than an advert free listening experience behind my unexpected lack of mood swings. Even if I have never been to one of their concerts, even if I don’t really own any of the Beatles albums, I can swear I know the Beatles lyrics off by heart, I wasn’t even much aware of it.
I believe it’s in the fact I could rely on those lyrics, notes and sound I had heard all my life, that I have found my music comfort, a safe place where I could go to and feel home. My brain didn’t even have to work that much to sing along, and words such as ‘Take a sad song and make it better’ would quietly slip out of my mouth even if that was probably the 150th time I heard Hey Jude.
But isn’t this the principle behind any type of therapy? Finding something that makes your anxieties go away?
Try it, and let me know. It worked for me.
(and after listening to the Beatles for a month, I’ve picked my favourite song, here it is)