I was part of a popular challenge on Facebook to share ten albums which have had a significant influence on me, and today was number 2, n complete contrast to yesterday’s number 1 which was ‘La Creation du Monde’ by Darius Milhaud. This is the Beatles:
Here’s the second of the ten albums which have played (literally!) a part in my life; this challenge was from my friend Ros Cuthbert. Like many people my age, the Beatles were a huge influence, and I was tempted to share their first album; that probably influenced my future musical preferences, but the album I’m choosing to share here is Sergeant Pepper. I was given it as a leaving present from my class when I moved from Cambridge where I’d lived all my life, and where all my family was, to Weston-super-Mare, from the East to the West, and i took the LP with me, inscribed by my friends, and played it goodness knows how many hundreds, thousands of times. moving to Weston I met Ros so this album also in a way connects to her!
It was the lyrics as well as the music, and the absolute strangeness of it to my sixteen year-old self when I first heard it. It was like nothing I’d heard before, ever but it became so familiar to me that I’m sure at one point I could have recognised any song by just a couple of notes or a few words! As a writer it had a massive influence on me, on imagery, vocabulary, rhythm and rhyme and above all narrative!