While yes, with a prompt of “Yellow Submarine” today, I do have that Beatles song stuck in my head, I unfortunately got distracted since it’s close to dinner time and ended up with a yellow-ish sub sandwich instead. As for the Beatles song, Paul McCartney wrote most of it and it was meant to be a children’s song, with easy to sing and remember lyrics. While he was heading to sleep one night, what I can only assume was his inner child whispered, “it would be nice to be on a yellow submarine where all your friends are with a band.” And so, history was made. I have to agree with this idea and adore the whimsical thinking it evokes. I’m quite sure my own inner child would have thought it equally cool to live inside a submarine sandwich also, as long as I could invite all of my friends, of course. There’s also a psychedelic animated Beatles movie of the same name which came out a few years before I was born. The music adoring residents of Pepperland are experiencing a siege by the Blue Meanies, and only the Beatles can save them. It’s definitely a movie written entirely by one’s inner child, and has become a much-loved cult classic.
There were lots of weird and wonderful movies and shows like Yellow Submarine that showed up in my youth. From the late 50’s through the 70’s, it seemed that everything created was directly from the mind of the creator without a lot of editing. And most of the earlier gems were still playing when I was a kid. My favorite was watching Twilight Zone episodes, and Philippe and I started rewatching some of them together. Well, I was rewatching them as he hadn’t seem them yet. The stories and situations are odd and incredible, but the messages are perfectly timeless. And as I watch them, I realize that stories like that wouldn’t be made in quite the same way today. There’s a charm to a simple story well-told versus the over-produced approach to much of what can be found today. There are more tools and toys that can bring a story to life, but the life I always adored came from the mind of the creator. Or, most often, the creator’s inner child. It’s the same reason why I loved listening to singer/songwriters from the 70’s, long before the world invented autotune. If singing in tune isn’t actually your thing, then try some other wonderful creative outlet instead. Or, better yet, just sing off-key and be proud to be YOU!
There’s a lot more persona-making today than in the past. Crafting a person that’s not quite the person you really are, but the one you can easily invent to replace that person. I’ve struggled with this from the moment I started this blog. I’m just me. I don’t have an alter-ego or a superman costume waiting for me in the corner of a phone booth. I say whatever comes to mind without editing and that’s really not how you’re supposed to DO things these days. But, I have a love and a penchant for the past. Those days when technology was just a thrilling possibility and stories still had to be penned by hand and could even have wonderful little errors as well. Don’t get me wrong, I adore all of the things that technology can make happen. But, I don’t want technology to change who I really am in the process. I don’t want to be someone better. I’m happy and delighted to be perfectly flawed, silly, and childish me! Perfection is weird to me as it seems to exclude all of the interesting bits. I will most definitely never achieve the fame of the Beatles, but I love that they always created songs from the heart. Wildly catchy songs that I’m still singing to this day, while I imagine just what it might be like to live in a yellow submarine.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Recommended6 recommendationsPublished in
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!