Welcome to my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts for 2019. It’s going to be an interesting month for me as I try to squeeze out 1000 words per day (except Sundays, of course) about things that are on my wish list. This could mean things I want to do, things I want to see, places I want to visit or experiences I wish I could have. So, there might be travel posts, book posts, lifestyle articles – anything that takes my fancy. These blogs will be interspersed with my usual reviews and business stuff, so normal service is continuing, just with a little bit extra. Today is A for Abbey Road. I’m not really talking about the album, although you can’t mention the street name without thinking of the album. I’m talking about the location itself and in particular, the famous zebra crossing. From the album. So, I suppose it is about that?
I’m not a particular Beatles fan. I like a lot of their earlier stuff but I find some of the later songs a bit too “extra” for my own tastes. By that, I mean that they started writing about themes that weren’t universal, so I can’t relate. I Am The Walrus, anyone? I just don’t get it. Maybe you had to be there… I know I will get pelters for that, especially from older people, but my heroes are from my own time. I like a song that I can listen to and think, yeah I know exactly how they felt when they wrote that. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t admire the fact that an artistic concept on an album cover can become so universally appreciated. Read on to find out what I mean.
The reason I have put the street, and the crossing in particular, on my wish list is because I am an Earthcam fan and I love to look at Abbey Road on Earthcam. For those who don’t know, Earthcam is an app and website that shows webcam footage from various locations around the world. It’s mostly tourist destinations but there are some set up in bars in New Orleans and Dublin and weird places like in front of a fake snowman in Michigan. There seems to be nothing happening except a bunch of turkeys occasionally getting fed in front of the snowman. There’s also some cameras set up in aquariums. My personal favourite is the Shark Cam. The Abbey Road webcam is set up on what looks like a street light and it points to the zebra crossing.
There’s something really amusing about watching the webcam situated just a short distance away from that iconic zebra crossing and seeing tourists walking across while their friends wait at the other side of the crossing taking their picture. What is it about that particular camera that appeals to me so much? I often ask myself that question. From sunrise to sunset, tourists visit this crossing in London and recreate an artistic concept that has become famous to all ages and nationalities. That’s really cool. For me, it’s cooler than the music on the record and I’m more a fan of the album cover and hype created around it (ie, the rumour that Paul had bare feet because he was dead?!) than the songs.
Next week I am visiting London for the first time since 2006. I can’t tell you how excited I am. There are so many things on my wish list that I want to do in London, although obviously my wants and needs are below Luke’s on that list. That’s motherhood for ya. We want to ride the London Eye, visit the Shrek Experience and go to Paddington Station, where Luke will probably be disappointed not to meet the real Paddington Bear, but I hear there’s a bronze statue of him so hopefully that will be enough.
So, after we’ve done everything that he wants to do, I am hoping we get some time to make our way to Abbey Road and take some pictures on the crossing. I want to look around for the Earthcam and if I can find it, I’ll wave it at, and hope that somebody somewhere is watching at that time. And then, I’ll post pictures on my blog of me, being a really uncool tourist, striding across the zebra crossing on Abbey Road. If only it was going to be so easy to tick off everything I’m writing about during this challenge from my wish list.
I’m already finding this challenge more difficult than expected. I had a lot less to say about Abbey Road than I thought I did, but hopefully you’re still reading and aren’t too bored. Perhaps if you’ve been there, you’d like to comment about your own experience of visiting, or maybe you’d like to share a memory about the album itself. Remember to leave a link to your own A to Z Challenge! I’m keen to visit as many blogs as possible during the next month. And if you have time, please remember to visit my other site, where I’m writing about the A to Z of Nanowrimo.
Tomorrow is B for Broken Heels.