During our stay in Phoenix last month, Dad and I stayed with Alan and Carrie Heikkala, friends of my father's from further back in time than the Beatles.
Alan and Carrie were wonderful and generous hosts, and have a gorgeous house in Tempe, just Southeast of Phoenix. They have two children: A son, Alec (20), and a daughter, Libby (19). Alec is a sophomore at Arizona State University, not far from the Heikkala household; Libby is a freshman at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. Since Alec lives relatively close to home and visits on weekends, Dad and I shared Libby's room. As it turns out, Libby is quite a Beatles fan. I noticed the album Please Please Me on her bookshelf, along with the film Across the Universe.
Coincidentally, the location of that last stop on my March tour (during which I stayed in Libby's room) is tied to the first stop on my April tour, which happens to be at the Schiappa Branch of the Steubenville library - less than four miles from Libby's current college room at Fransiscan University:
Monday, 4 April 2016, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Steubenville Schiappa Branch Library, 4141 Mall Dr, Steubenville, OH
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.