Talking Beatles at the Mirowitz Center


Neil Davis leading a discussion at the Mirowitz Center. Image by Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish Light

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would have felt right at home in the multipurpose room of the Mirowitz Center on a recent afternoon, Jan. 24. For one thing, the surviving two members of the Beatles would have been surrounded by their fans. McCartney, 80, and Starr, 82, would certainly qualify for the Covenant Place residence age eligibility. And they’d definitely be familiar with the subject matter of the presentation: an examination of the seminal album “Rubber Soul.”

A group of nearly 20 Beatles fans came to hear Beatles expert Neil Davis offer inside details about the making of “Rubber Soul. Davis, 76, explained that the fab four was faced with a seemingly impossible task in October 1965: to produce a new studio album in exactly 30 days.

Neil Davis leading a discussion at the Mirowitz Center. Image by Bill Motchan

The group spent long days and nights writing and recording now-classic songs like “Nowhere Man,” “Drive My Car” and “Norwegian Wood.” They also experimented in the studio to achieve innovative sounds. The finished album came to represent what many critics and fans consider one of the group’s best. It also achieved success on the record charts, hitting #1 position in the U.S. and the UK.

“It was a perfect storm having four musicians of their caliber working with a producer like George Martin,” said Davis, a member of Central Reform Congregation. “I’ve always been interested in their influences. I love the music, I love how their music changed and they evolved as a group. I find it fascinating.”

Alan Rudolph, an audience member at the presentation, said he appreciated how Davis explained the back story of the songs on the album.

Alan Rudolph

“You made connections that I never knew about, like how they influenced Bob Dylan,” Rudolph said.

One attendee who did know quite a bit about the Beatles beforehand was Linda Markowitz, who saw the group live at Shea Stadium at age 11 in 1966. She arrived at Mirowitz Center event with her Beatles sweatshirt.

Linda Markowitz

“I’ve been listening to them since I was 3 years old,” said Markowitz, 67. “I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl. John, Paul, George, and Ringo—they were my best friends. I know a lot of trivia about them. There’s a Beatles version of the Trivial Pursuits game that has some wild trivia in it, and even some things I don’t know, but there’s a lot of stuff I do now.”

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