The Guitar Train Stops to Honor Moms
In honor of Mother’s Day, Quirky T is thinking about songs relating to moms. Her three all time favorite musicians – The Beatles, Phil Collins, and Gloria Estefan, all have mom related songs.
One of the bonds between John Lennon and Paul McCartney was the fact that both lost their moms while young. Paul’s mother, Mary, died of cancer in 1956 when Paul was 14 years old. John’s mother, Julia, was hit and killed by a car in 1958 when John was 18 years old. Both referenced their moms in Beatles songs.
John wrote the song “Julia” about his mom. The song was on “The Beatles” album (also known as The White Album) released in 1968.
Paul’s Beatles reference to his mom is more famous than John’s but also more misunderstood. In “Let It Be”, Paul is singing about his mother, Mary. Many have believed Paul was singing about Jesus’ mother, Mary, and gave the song a religious connotation that Paul had not intended.
Paul also referenced mothers generically in another Beatles song, “Your Mother Should Know” which was released in 1967 on the “Magical Mystery Tour” album. One scene from the movie of the same name that still stands out to me is the scene where The Beatles dance step down a grand staircase to the song, “Your Mother Should Know”. They looked elegant in their suits and I liked the choreography of their steps.
“Mama” by Genesis is a dark, creepy song that is most likely not about any of the band members’ mothers. So rather than dwell on that song in a post celebrating Mother’s Day, let’s mention a more appropriate Phil Collins reference to mothers. In the 1982 he did a fun cover of The Supremes’ song, “You Can’t Hurry Love”. That is a much more comforting, optimistic vision that the one I am left with of Phil Collins scarily singing “Mama” live in concert.
Gloria Estefan is the mother of two children, Nayib and Emily. She celebrated them by writing a song for each of them. “Nayib’s Song (I Am Here For You)” was on her 1991 CD, “Into the Light”. For her second child, Gloria wrote “Along Came You (A Song for Emily)” which was released on her 1996 CD called “Destiny”. Both songs are sweet songs describing her love and concern for her children and how much they mean to her.
As a child, my mom sang Beatles songs to me so that is probably why I’m such a huge Beatles fan. On another track, she also went through a phase where she constantly played Barry Manilow records. That is why I know the words to most of his songs and I appreciate him.
Guitar Train passengers, what songs do you remember your mom singing to you when you were a child? What music was playing in your home as a child? Tell Quirky T how that impacts you today.
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