MEETING A BEATLE

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This actually happened.

Yesterday I was at a rehearsal with David Crosby in LA. He and his band are getting ready for the tour that starts next week. Partway through the rehearsal, David stepped outside for some air. A blue Corvette pulled up and the window went down. The driver was Paul McCartney.

“Hello, guys,” he said, smiling.

It was one of those moments where time seemed to stand still. The day before, while flying to LA, I watched Ron Howard’s new film “Eight Days a Week,” a masterful tribute to the Beatles that shows how Paul, John, George and Ringo became the biggest musical stars in history. And there I was, face to face with one of them.

Turns out Paul was rehearsing in the studio next to David’s. A couple hours later, he invites David and his band to join him in studio. I follow David. Paul greets everyone. Then he and his band go right into “Junior’s Farm.”

You should have seen me with the poker man
I had a honey and I bet a grand
Just in the nick of time I looked at his hand

Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go
Down to Junior's farm where I wanna lay low

These guys are jamming and I am one of a handful of people in a studio. My feet are tapping and the hair is up on my arms. The only thing I can compare this to would be having Babe Ruth show up at my Little League game and saying he’d like to take a few swings.

But not even the Babe makes you want to twist and shout.

Next, Paul sung “Drive My Car.”

Asked a girl what she wanted to be
She said baby, can't you see
I want to be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between
Baby you can drive my car
Yes I'm gonna be a star
Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I'll love you

When he got to the signature line – “Beep Beep’m Beep Beep, Yeah,” I was struck by the fact that people around the globe – in Russia, Australia, South America, Iceland – can sing “Beep beep’m, beep beep, yeah.” Paul and John wrote lyrics that became a universal language. It’s a language that puts smiles on people’s faces. What a gift!
Then he played one of the happiest songs I know – “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

Desmond has a barrow in the marketplace
Molly is the singer in a band
Desmond says to Molly girl I like your face
And Molly says this as she takes him by the hand

Smiling as he played, he looked at us and invited us to sing along.

Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on
Ob la di ob la da life goes on bra
La la how the life goes on

It is one of the most surreal moments of my life. I’m actually singing along with Paul McCartney. Ob la di, ob la da, life goes on.

David Crosby has given me one of the most memorable moments of my life – a private audience with the man whose music has shaped so much of the culture that was my upbringing.

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Jeff Benedict is a best selling author of 14 books and a television and film producer.  His latest book — QB: My Life Behind the Spiral (written with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young) was a New York Times bestseller. He is currently writing the biography of Tiger Woods. He is a producer on the forthcoming motion picture “Little Pink House,” starring Oscar-nominated Catherine Keener with music by David Crosby.  To book him for a speech or private event, contact Ellis Trevor at ellis@chartwellspeakers.com

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