I was 9 years old on February 9, 1964... fifty years ago yesterday. Yet, over all those decades, I can still remember the moment, sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of our black and white TV set, just a few feet away, when Ed Sullivan barked out the words: "The Beatles!" He practically did a pirouette when he announced them.
The screaming began, then the music - Paul delivering the first two words acapella: "Close your..." By the time he sung the word "eyes" and the throbbing rhythm kicked in, I was mesmerized in a way I'd never been before as a young boy, and have rarely been since.
I didn't quite know why at the time, but it felt like the world had just changed, right then and there, right before my eyes, in my very own living room, and in millions of living rooms around the country. It didn't occur to me at first that there could possibly be anybody who wasn't thrilled at the sight and sound of The Beatles, that there could be anyone not embracing the change they were announcing through their songs.
In fact, it turned out that in that particular line of reality, there would be many not embracing the change. Much tumult, social upheaval and many violent deaths, even eventually of one of The Beatles, would continue throughout the decades to come. But nonetheless, we have arrived to the day that John, Paul, George and Ringo, as part of the "first wave," heralded for those 10 years during the Sixties.
Now, we are in 5D, at the threshold of a Golden Age, a time where John Lennon's lyrics, sung in the first satellite telecast of a musical performance, now are an anthem for how we'll be living.