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COLUMN SIXTY-SEVEN, JANUARY 1, 2002
(Copyright 2002 Al Aronowitz)

THERE GOES THE SUN

It was sometime after Remembrance Day, 1963 in Canada. Just as I was defusing a few post-assassination tantrums (but only coz JFK coverage had pre-empted the Three Stooges on my local station), a friend's older sister put on a brand new record called I Saw Her Standing There.

I heard the guitar solo, and the "Star Club" echo the fifth Beatle George had so expertly applied to it from upstairs at Abbey Road Studio Two.

For the first time in my life, little eight-year-old hairs started standing straight up upon the back of my neck.

Come the following February 9th, I'd see the guitarist himself in black-and-white action, hear that solo first-hand, and my archeology texts forever went back on the shelf, replaced by a makeshift Gretsch Country Gentleman immediately fashioned out of my dad's spare tennis racket.

My first "guitar," and my first (air) guitar solo.  And my first guitar hero, lighting the way strong and true towards a future I really have to give him quite a lot of heartfelt thanks for.

"And you know what I mean."

God bless you, George.  ##

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