You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
‘Let It Be’ provides healing 50 years later
Apple Pie and SalsaMarch 5, 2014 | 4,119 views | 1 comment
Recently the whole country, or most of it, commemorated the arrival of “The Beatles” 50 years ago on Feb. 7, 1964. They had a special on them on national TV.
Several years ago while riding in the car, I heard the song “Let It Be” for the first time, that I could remember. I thought it was so beautiful! And I was surprised that they were playing it on a radio station that usually plays just popular music. The next time I heard it (and this is not easy for me to write) was when our oldest son, Louie, was on hospice care at home. After years of suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and frequent trips to the hospital, his family decided that they would take care of him. There was nothing more they could do for him in the hospital. They supplied them with a hospital bed to make him as comfortable as possible. His family surrounded him with things that he loved -- posters of the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs, and his favorite music by “The Beatles.” (I gave him a rosary of wooden beads from the Holy Land that had been given to me.)
Louie was only 8 years old when “The Beatles” came but he grew up listening to them. Many a time he would shut himself up in the room that he shared with Larry and spin around to the music. Not all of us got to see what he was doing. Sara got nosy one time when we were in the back yard and she went up to the window and peeked in. He caught her by surprise when he threw a punch at the screen. She didn’t do that again, but she told us what he was doing.
On one of my frequent visits with him, he was listening to “Let It Be.” Now I knew that it was by “The Beatles.” I still don’t know how I could have missed it all those years. And I still thought that it was a religious song until a while back when I saw an interview on TV with Paul McCartney. He was explaining how he came to write the song. He revealed that in 1968 he was going through a difficult time in his life. He had sensed that the group was breaking up. He was partying hard and sometimes had trouble sleeping. I wasn’t sure that I could remember all that he said so I looked it up on the Internet and found the story on MattAndJojang Blog.
Following are excerpts from his story: “Then one night between sleep and insomnia I had the most comforting dream about my mother who died when I was only 14. When she died, one of the difficulties I had as the years went by was that I couldn’t remember her face. So in the dream 12 years later my mother appeared and there was her face, completely clear, particularly her eyes. And she said, ‘Let it be.’ It was lovely. I woke up to a great feeling. It was really like she had visited me at this very difficult point in my life and gave me this message, ‘Be gentle, don’t fight things -- just try and go with the flow and it will all work out.’”
Paul goes on to say that he went over to the piano and started to write a song. He said, “Mary was my mother’s name.” One of the other members of the group hated the song, even after some revisions, “because of its apparent Christian overtones.” Paul continued, “It became a comforting, healing statement for other people too.” As a Catholic I would like to imagine that it is my Blessed Mother Mary speaking to me, giving me motherly advice.
Our beloved Louie went “home” peacefully just a few minutes after Henry and I came home for lunch that fateful Saturday in June 2005. He was so blessed to have his loving wife and all his children taking such wonderful care of him. It helped that all five of his daughters are trained in the nursing field. And the hospice team was so caring. Louie is still very much missed by all his family and friends.
A lot of you probably already knew the story behind the song, so this is for those that might not have known. This is one of those songs that is music for the ages. And it can be a healing tool if we only do what it says, “Let It Be.”
Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email is email@example.com.
Your Opinions and Comments
Lia C Flores
March 6, 2014 7:13pm
Share your comment or opinion on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
South Texas Living Archives
Behind the lens: Cover photo (August 26, 2015)
Cody Johnson to rock Nixon Feather Fest (August 26, 2015)
Dance in Geronimo (August 26, 2015)
Enjoy Fall Feast in Garfield (August 26, 2015)
Franklin Mint (August 26, 2015)
Got prayer? ‘War Room’ does (August 26, 2015)
He’s lived a sweet, gentle life (August 26, 2015)
Kerrville Fall Music Fest Sept. 4-6 (August 26, 2015)
LV prepares for Hammerfest (August 26, 2015)
Memories soar during Honor Flight (August 26, 2015)
St. Hedwig Legion plans Warrior Cry fund-raiser (August 26, 2015)
Whit’s Initiative donates to children’s home (August 26, 2015)
A window to their world (August 19, 2015)
Behind the lens: Cover photo (August 19, 2015)
Gillespie County Fair, horse racing meet (August 19, 2015)
LBJ autograph (August 19, 2015)
Lutheran youth plan donation fund-raiser (August 19, 2015)
Purchase tickets for veteran fund-raiser (August 19, 2015)
Receive blessing, sundaes (August 19, 2015)
Remembering Coach Henry Tomerlin (August 19, 2015)
The importance of vaccinating your pets (August 19, 2015)
Tickets on sale for Wild Game Dinner (August 19, 2015)
AgapeFest is Aug. 22 (August 12, 2015)
Age Well, Live Well event (August 12, 2015)
Back-to-school carnival (August 12, 2015)
Barbecue benefit for Logan Saenz Aug. 16 (August 12, 2015)
Behind the lens: Cover photo (August 12, 2015)
Bible study in Verdi (August 12, 2015)
Falls City alumni celebrate Beaver Roundup (August 12, 2015)
Free family recycling event (August 12, 2015)
H-E-B invites Texans to shed pounds, gain dollars (August 12, 2015)
Hear country tunes in New Braunfels (August 12, 2015)
Labor Day campout (August 12, 2015)
Play bunco in La Vernia (August 12, 2015)
Prescription-free healing pleasures of summer (August 12, 2015)
Remembering the Farmer’s Daughter Dance Hall (August 12, 2015)
Sunday Country Dance set for Aug. 16 (August 12, 2015)
Tabletop radio (August 12, 2015)
Three Oaks Ice Cream Social (August 12, 2015)
Behind the lens: Cover photo (August 5, 2015)
Classic cookbook (August 5, 2015)
Farmers Market in Loire (August 5, 2015)
Floresville Leo Club Back to School event (August 5, 2015)
Get set to get wet at Splash-O-Lympics (August 5, 2015)
Hear Chris Rybak at Czech Gala (August 5, 2015)
Pilgrim Opry is Aug. 8 (August 5, 2015)
Prom date grows into enduring love — 15 years later (August 5, 2015)
Rey Feo group to award scholarships (August 5, 2015)
Savor: Lemon Pesto Mason Jar Pasta Salad (August 5, 2015)
St. Gerard Rummage Sale Aug. 8 (August 5, 2015)
Stockdale Leo Club fund-raisers (August 5, 2015)
The Floresville, Wilson County story from days gone by (August 5, 2015)
‘The’ rock wall: Searching for answers (August 5, 2015)