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Sharing a Love for Music with Children at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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My love of The Beatles started; well I can’t remember a time that I didn’t love The Beatles. At 4 I announced that one day I would marry Paul McCartney, he was about 38 at that point so you knew it would happen. I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard that John was murdered and one of the saddest days of my life was when I was old enough to realize that I would never ever see The Beatles live in concert.
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It’s one of those bizarre things in life, seeing people going to concerts of their ultimate favorite bands but never being able to go to yours. Mind you I have been to a lot of concerts. In my 20’s I would go so often that it became a joke amongst my friends as to whom I was going to see that coming weekend. I would go, know a few of the songs, dance, sing and have a good time but it was more about the concert experience than who was performing. I stopped going to concerts about 10 years ago. I had my share of beer being spilled on me, traffic getting in and out of the venues as well those people who stole my seats and refused to leave them even after I showed them my tickets. I wasn’t in my 20’s and I was over the concert scene, then I was given the opportunity to see Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. I was on the fence about it. I’d seen other tribute bands and well once you’ve seen one haven’t you seen them all? Also I wasn’t up for all that came with a concert. I mentioned it over dinner to my family and my husband thought it would be an amazing experience for my 9-year-old son since he too was a Beatles fan (he really had no choice, I had him listen to the Help album for the 9 months while he was in the womb). When my son found out we were going he was ecstatic so I decided to make it a special date night for just the two of us.
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Prior to finding out where Rain was performing I was a bit anxious about the scene and crowd so when I found out that they were performing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA) I was elated but still didn’t know what to expect. When we arrived to the SCFTA crowds of people with Beatle shirts were already lining up to get in. I had been to the SCFTA to see shows before and this definitely wasn’t the scene in the past.
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Once the doors opened, we headed upstairs to the Orchestra Terrance to take part of a photo opportunity to cross Abbey Road (being a Beatles freak I have one from the one in London).
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After our picture we headed to our seats and waited for the lights to dim and music to begin. From the second they took the stage they were The Beatles. Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome. There were points of the concert that I totally forgot that they were a cover band and thought they were the actual Beatles. I had never experienced a concert like that. I sang every song knew every word, knew what the next beat was – I had never had that experience with any other concert.
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I finally knew what it was like to see my ultimate favorite band and sing along to some popular song and some not so popular ones. Yes the Beatles do have some lesser known songs and for those of us who have listened to every single one of their songs we know them and can sing them word for word, lyric for lyric. I sang so much that my throat was raw the next day. The best part is that while I was rocking out to Revolution I looked over to my son and he had this look on his face that I had never seen. He was looking at me like I was a complete rock star. I wasn’t his mom for that moment but a peer who let loose and was having fun. I wasn’t the only one singing mind you, most of the people at SCFTA were fans, not just T-shirt wearing fans, but also the ones who went to one of the Beatles concerts in the 60’s fans. The auditorium was filled with people of all ages and most of them were singing along with me. You felt the love and joy and seriously were transported back to a time when politics, culture and music collided and changed the world completely.
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To learn more about Rain – a tribute to the Beatles, please visit www.raintribute.com or to see a list of upcoming shows at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts please visit http://scfta.org/home/default.aspx

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.
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