The Beatles’ Magic

There is magic in this world—and it is pure.

Magic happens when you’re doing what you love, without any thought of the outcome—it happens when you’re immersed in the moment: happily creating, spending time with a loved one, playing music, or reading, or perhaps travelling, or engaging with nature through a sport, or just lying on the beach soaking in the sun.

For me, magic happens through my writing.

My latest novel, Penny Lane, a romance fiction, is now available on Amazon. I had the idea for this book years ago: a novel based on Beatles songs. However, for some reason, I put the notes I had on Penny Lane aside, and wrote my first novel, Best Friends and Bastards, followed by The Girls’ Weekend—both of which are also on Amazon.

I’m very proud of all my novels, but Penny Lane has a special place in my heart. I just knew it was a winner. Why? Because my heart sang to me every minute of every day, week, and month I was writing it.

A few days ago, on October 5th 2012, my husband called me, very excited, and said, ‘Did you know it’s 50 years to the day that the Beatles’ song Love Me Do was released?’

Believe it or not, I didn’t. All the research I’d done on the Beatles and their songs and I had no idea the release of my book would coincide with the Beatles’ 50th anniversary. No idea. I was too busy writing.

You see, when writing a 300+ page novel, there is no way an author can manage to guarantee a release date. There’s the editing, rewrites, editing, rewrites, proofing, rewrites, conversion, book cover, ISBN (international book number, which can take ages), and uploading to Amazon. (Did I mention the rewrites?)

So when, after hubby’s call, I opened my inbox and read an email from my ePublisher saying that Penny Lane was ready to publish, I knew it was meant to be. The Beatles released Love Me Do on October 5th 1962, and my novel was going to be published 50 years later—to the day!


During my research for the novel, it became patently clear to me that the Beatles’ rise to fame was also an act of magic. You call it what you will, there are a plethora of words you could substitute: an act of God, planetary alignment, supernatural power, alchemy, bewitchment, magnetism, prophecy, witchcraft, voodoo, wizardry, serendipity, happenstance, kismet, a blessing, lucky break: to name but a few.

Yes, magic happens when you are doing what you love, or loving what you do.

In the words of John Lennon, life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

No doubt about it, the Beatles were talented. However, by their very own admission, they weren’t musical geniuses when they started! In fact, they couldn’t read music. They just loved playing music. Everything else flowed on from there. They were in the right place at the right time. The final four of the Fab Four met and merged through happenstance.

When asked what it was that made him sign the Beatles up, record producer, George Martin, admitted it wasn’t their music, in fact, he didn’t really like their music, said it was ‘rather uncompromising’. He was enchanted by their charisma. They made him laugh, and he signed them up for their wit alone.

The Beatles loved what they were doing. They were doing what they loved. They were infectious! And how!


Happy 50th anniversary, Beatles!

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