Abbey Road, the road that everyone wants to walk

There I was for the first time in my life, it was a long wait, I could not believe it. In fact, I never thought that I would ever be there because, although I always dreamed of that day, different circumstances of my life prevented me from believing that I could achieve it. But fortunately, I could and finally I was standing in front of the recording studios where the greatest number of musical successes of my childhood and adolescence heroes were recorded. At that time it was obvious that no one could go inside the studios and all the tourists swarmed on the sidewalk to take a picture of the plaque and be able to have proof that they were there when they returned to their homes after the trip to London, among other things, to make a pilgrimage to that sacred temple (I am sure that many fans consider it that way). I prefer to only see the places and I am almost an enemy of cameras and selfies; I think I keep the best pictures in my mind, and they are very good there. But who was with me, the woman of my life is the best friend and ally of the photos. As much as I ask her not to take pictures of me, she insists. Always perfectionist, it takes centuries to find the best angle, the most favorable light, wait for everyone to leave there to capture what she wants as a frame or background ... from a simple photograph! Sometimes I have to wait a long time under the sun or the rain without moving and in the place that she indicates until everything is all and in accordance with what she believes will be the perfect photograph. If I do not, the problem will be huge. And since I love her very much, with everything and my annoyance I cooperate; However, when it comes to something that for me represents an excess and an imitation of what all people do, I always defend my point of not wanting photos posing or doing what, because it is obvious and predictable behavior, is ridiculous. And that was exactly what happened on Abbey Road. Everyone comes with one goal in mind: to take a picture in that pedestrian crossing that The Beatles made famous on the cover of what would actually be the last one they recorded as a band. Returning to the religious sense that many of us give to the Fab Four, before my eyes the prophecy written by John Lennon for this album was fulfilled: "Come Together.”


Yes, somehow, every year for a long time, The Beatles’ fans make a pilgrimage like the one I did at that time. London and Liverpool are the required destinations. They arrive together and they take pictures all at the same time. Long before I arrived, I promised myself that I would never cross that street to take that pathetic photo trying to emulate my heroes. I found it just ridiculous. But discussing with my wife what photos are taken and what photos are not taken with my wife is something else. I was looking at the outside of the studio and in with an X-rays vision, I was going through the walls of that building and in front of me, the 4 musicians I admired most were working in what they surely liked to do more. I imagined the interminable discussions between them and George Martin to decide on how one song or another would be better. And I'm not just referring to the Abbey Road album, I'm talking about everything they recorded there. But the subject of photography woke me up violently from that beautiful vision. "You have to take a picture crossing the pedestrian crossing." No, I answered for sure. "That just a moment, you have not done this trip from so far to miss the moment, it will be a beautiful memory". No. "I promise I'll tell everyone that you were not posing, that I took it casually when you crossed the street and that you did not even ask for it. Think that in many years you will regret not having done it and you will think there was nothing wrong with it". No. After one hundred and fifty thousand arguments (and she has more, but those are enough for me), she managed to convince me to take a photo walking through the famous intersection, just one, it was a very serious warning from me, I did it, I walked on those white stripes and wished that as if by magic the inspiration of those four had come to me to create my masterpiece, but that was impossible, I did not want to look anywhere, my eyes were lost, I did not want anyone to see me posing for that photo, I felt uncomfortable. At the end of the short route, I heard the words I should have guessed from the beginning: "I did not like it, can we take another, please?" Nooo!!! "It's going to be just one more and if you cooperate and do what I ask, it will be the last," I asked myself why I had fallen on the cheat once again? after having accepted the first time, there must no be return and the photo has to be taken regardless of the time, the weather, lunch time, or the fall of a nuclear bomb. The indications began: position the head correctly, put your hands like that, smile a little more, when you get to this point of the pedestrian crossing slow down a bit while walking so I can get a better picture, wait for that group of Chinese tourists (with camera in hand) move a little further from the area because it would ruin the background of the photo, beware of the cars that occasionally pass by; I do not want you to be run over, but if it is necessary that this happens so that the photo comes out well, no worries. After thousands of indications and many minutes that seemed like an eternity because I had to walk that pedestrian crossing a million times more, she took many pictures! and the promise was that it would be only one!!!


I do not know, I wanted to tell a funny story based on this album and my own life since; After listening to something so fine and excellent, words are unnecessary and the only thing that can be recommended is to listen to it forever and treasure it as something sacred. For me, it has always been sad to think that this was the last thing The Beatles created and recorded together and I do not want to convey that feeling to anyone who reads this. Even though I know it's impossible for them to get back together (at least in this world), the musical legacy that the best band of the twentieth century has left us, allows us to imagine them together playing and reliving beautiful and sometimes difficult moments of our lives and, above all, enjoy again and again of endearing and memorable songs that, for many like me, filled all the gaps of past times.

... A couple of photos of me doing this, here I go!!!

Jorge Diaz

Jorge Diaz

By: Jorge Diaz

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