Last week, I had a conversation with one of the grown up godchildren and they told me that when they listen to ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ by the Beatles, it makes them think about their grandad, their dad and me. There’s a very good reason it might remind them of their father and me but it’s weird that it reminds them of their grandad because he doesn’t much like that one!
Which got me to thinking about the music that we know because our parents listened too it, but that it might not necessarily be the songs our parents love. The Beatles is a really good example for me. My favourite Beatles songs ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’ (originally a Smokey Robinson song and Motown – which makes so much sense) and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. My mother is arguably the reason I know so many Beatles songs, her favourite song ‘If I Fell’, that is not my favourite song, despite how many times I have to listen to it.
Today’s song is not a Beatles song, but The Who is one of the bands that I know because of Ma. She took me to see them too, for the 20th anniversary tour (I was 16).
This is my favourite of The Who’s songs (it’s not my mother’s!)