[photogallerylink id=92120 align=left]It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this state of Beatlemania. For me it’s been a life long condition, and there is no cure. Good thing. It’s given me joy, conected me with great friends, and gave me the idea for an unlikely career. When a 15 year old girl in a small town in Ohio decides she wants to be a DJ so she could meet the Beatles…that doesn’t seem like it would be a probable goal. But if you believe in music, you believe in magic.
Seeing [lastfm]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] Sunday and Monday nights at Wrigley Field was amazing. Sunday night I went with my dear friend Alderman Tom Tunney. We were backstage with Representative Mike Quigley, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn. Paul came around for a photo op. As soon as I get a copy of that picture, you’ll see it. Paul was greeting us one at a time. He told the Mayor that Chicago looked great, and asked if he was working for the people. He got an affirmative answer. He met Tom and a couple of others, then I extended my hand to introduce myself and he pulled back, looked at me, said something to the effect of “I know you” (I was in a state of teenage girl shock so don’t have a direct quote) and proceeded to give me a sweet hug. That never gets old.
Before Paul arrived I was asked if this was still a thrill for me. I replyed that my blood pressure was up. If I ever get so jaded that I’m not excited to meet Paul McCartney, I don’t care how many times it happens, then I should just pack it in. I love the fact that it’s still a thrill. There’s no acting on my part. It’s nice to have a passion and a dream and spend a life time on a journey to follow it through. It’s a long way from daydreaming in study hall. The Mayor picked up on the conversation and said he totally understood. When he was working for the Obama administration in Washington DC, he told people that if they didn’t get a thrill walking into the White House, they should get out. There’s a lot to be said for that adrenalin rush. When I saw Paul last year at the White House it was a double whammy…a Beatle in the home of the President of the United State Of America. Wow. My love of this country and my passion for music was a rush of emotion.
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