The Beatles released “Strawberry Fields Forever” in 1967. It was supposed to appear on Sgt. Pepper, but it ended up on Magical Mystery Tour. When I was a boy growing up in the 1970s, the FM djs were still playing Beatles tunes and many nights I’d hold the black Magnavox transistor radio close to my ear and whisper/sing the words to the Beatles songs as I fell asleep. “Strawberry Fields Forever,” from the first time I heard it and up to this day, always strikes me with it’s beauty, mystery and joy. How many songs can still affect you forty years down the road?
This evening, my daughter was listening to Magical Mystery Tour in her room so when it was time for her to go to bed, I put on “Strawberry Fields Forever,” crawled into bed with her and we just listened to the song. She softly sang along, in my arms.