I Wanted To Hold Paul’s Hand

Paul McCartney was without a doubt my favorite Beatle. Those puppy dog eyes and mop-top hairdo that fringed his eyebrows. That charming smile. Yep. I was going to marry him. Then he saw her standing there. Linda. And that was that.

Throughout the sixties, Paul and the Beatles played the soundtrack of my youth — from the sweet Love Me Do to the psychedelic adventure Strawberry Fields Forever. Their music led the tumult of the times as they helped define a counterculture that questioned beliefs about race, sexuality, women’s rights, Vietnam and so forth. Then one day John Lennon was shot (1980). And George Harrison died of cancer (2001). The Beatles remain the best-selling band in history.

Now Paul will make his way to Tampa’s Amalie Arena for a July 10th show, part of his One On One tour. He’ll be returning to the city for the first time since 2005 when he played at the same venue, then known as the St. Pete Forum.

If you are one of the fortunate ones to land a ticket to this rock concert that promises nearly three hours’ worth of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, drop us a line and let us know what it was like. What was your favorite part? The best songs? Did it trigger special memories you wish to share? Send your thoughts about the concert or the Beatles’ impact on you to Terri@LifestylesAfter50.com. We just may publish them.

In honor of his visit, we have two pages of Paul tribute activities for you inside – a full-page, color-in image of the artist as well as a Paul McCartney trivia game prepared by our music writer, Randal Hill.

In our June issue you’ll find a story about how exoskeletons are helping paraplegics walk once again, a guide to hurricane season, information on the Florida Silver-Haired Legislature, Father’s Day recipes and remembrances, the juice on coconuts, gardening mistakes and much more.

Looking for some travel ideas? Plan a day trip to the Dunedin Fine Art Center which is hosting a multifaceted quilt show including a traveling exhibit of winners from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. And consider a summer trip to the cool mountains of Canada where you can see some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet while riding the Rocky Mountaineer train.

In the meantime, the Beatles said it best: All you need is love. We might add: And something good to read.

                Terri Reeves, Editor




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