Normally I post a song each week on Monday but this week I’m going to do something a bit different (mostly because every single video of Paul McCartney closing out the Olympics Opening ceremony that I might’ve posted is being taken down by YouTube as fast as it’s uploaded.)
But watching that performance (and who else could cap it but the person some have described as the single human being who’s brought more happiness to this planet than anyone else), I wondered if the London 2012 organizers missed a wonderful opportunity?
What if they reached out to the children of the Beatles who are musicians and proposed a one-off tribute to their fathers to lead in to Sir Paul’s performance? (At least one of whom had already been musing about just such a project earlier this year.)
Imagine the lights going down and then all of a sudden Sean Lennon, James McCartney, Dhani Harrison and Zak Starkey are on stage. Lennon barks “One-two-three-fah!” and they kick into an even more up-tempo version of “I Saw Her Standing There” than the original! They follow that with “All You Need Is Love”, the song the Beatles debuted during one of the earth’s first worldwide television broadcasts. Then, they could either leave the stage or stick around to back-up Sir Paul as he did his couple songs to cap the night.
It would’ve hit so many notes – the Olympics’ theme of being about global unity and that young people are the future, it would’ve emphasized Great Britain’s role as a cultural heavyweight with the Beatles as the ultimate example. And it would’ve simply been really fucking cool.