the beatles – come together

Illustration – by Jacqui Oakley for a A Circus Mind. When I was ten years old, I started rummaging through my parents old stack of records. They weren’t organized in any particular order, but stacked underneath the television left to collect dust. The two albums that immediately struck me were The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II. I remember laying on the floor with Sgt. Pepper’s in my hand mesmerized by the cover and the bold colors. I immersed myself in the music and all of the backstory of the album, from the recording, how the songs were written, and what was happening with the band on a personal level. I was fascinated with the urban legend suggesting that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a look-alike. Check out this article to begin your discovery of the myth or for a refresher. I repeated the story over and over to my parents, family members, and anyone who would listen as I discovered new clues. It was not only the music that was so captivating but the story surrounding the music that had me hooked on my parent’s generation of rock and roll. It was a real challenge to capture the spirit of this myth in the writing found in A Circus Mind and an exciting trip back to my time as young rock n roll fan. Enjoy!

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