Blogging From A to Z Challenge: P
Photograph– Ringo Starr- 1973
As I’ve been participating in the A to Z Challenge, I wanted to stay mindful of the fact that not everyone is a major Beatles/John Lennon fan- like me. I planned on making an effort not to get too Beatles-heavy in my song choices but I honestly never thought I would make it this far without using at least a John song. And then to realize that the first Beatles connected song I used would be a Ringo song? I really didn’t expect this!
Ringo Starr co-wrote this song with George Harrison, his former Beatles band member. I chose this particular video because Ringo is performing at the incredible Royal Albert Hall, with George’s son Dhani at the Concert for George. It’s touching to see Dhani, looking so much like his father. It’s a nostalgic song and maybe not the best of Ringo’s performances but touching all the same.
What a way to begin a photo challenge post, right? Cee’s Black and While Challenge: Back of Things called this song to mind. Unless you are a big Ringo Starr fan, you might not know it. He wrote it in 1971 and his former Beatle band mate, George Harrison produced it. At one point it made it to the number 2 spot in Britain and Canada and number 9 on America’s Billboard Hot 100. This song is pure Ringo, if you know what I mean and are familiar with his solo pieces. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing really but the word “back” in the title.
Although I could have taken this challenge in many different directions, I have a habit of taking photos of the backs of my family. At times they have little patience with posed pictures and me trying to capture the moment. I have found that sometimes the best pictures come when the subjects don’t know their picture is being taken!
In honor of his 75th birthday, Ringo Starr asked people to send out a message of “Peace & Love” at noon wherever they live. Isn’t that just like him? This is his 10th year celebrating in this manner.
While John Lennon will always be my favorite Beatle, Ringo is probably my #2. And it’s not because he’s a drummer, although I do love my percussion!!!!. It’s his personality. He just exudes PEACE and LOVE. He might not be the greatest singer or song writer around but he makes up for it in COOL.
A few fun Ringo facts:
– My sons’ introduction to Ringo was when he played the narrator- Mr. Conductor on the children’s television show- Thomas and Friends.
– In addition to being a musician, Ringo is also an artist! You can check out his work at Ringo Starr Art. It is quite original; a cool thing about his art is that 100% of the proceeds benefit The Lotus Foundation.
– On Ringo’s 1973 album, Ringo, 3 of the 4 Beatles (Ringo, John and George) are featured in the song written by John Lennon- “I’m the Greatest”.
Happy Birthday, Ringo!