Annie and I had a special Daddy/Daughter date on Saturday night — I took her to see Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band in concert!
As you probably know, I’m a huge Beatles fan, so I’ve been looking forward to introducing my kids to The Beatles ever since I became a dad. The thing is, introducing your kids to something you care about is a little stressful. There’s the worry that they might not like it, or that you might turn them off it by coming on too strong. And then there’s the issue of timing. Introduce something too soon, for example, and they might not fully appreciate it. Heather and I are both huge Back to the Future fans, and we spend far too much time discussing the perfect time to introduce Annie to Marty and Doc.
So, with all of that said, I’ve tried my best not to push The Beatles on Annie. I’ve enjoyed watching her fall in love with music, first with Yo Gabba Gabba and later with Taylor Swift, but I haven’t forced her to study The Beatles or droned on about how important they are. She’s long known daddy loves The Beatles, though, and about a year ago she started asking questions like, “Are they grandpas now?” “Who sings this song?” Her ears also perked up when I played certain songs — especially “Yellow Submarine” — and she asked me to play them over and over. This I did gladly.
Annie’s transition into a little Beatles’ fan was also helped along by our bedtime routine. Ever since she was a baby I’ve sung her to sleep with the John Lennon penned lullaby “Good Night” that closes the White Album. Annie loves the song and has even started singing along with me each night. When she asked where the song was from, and I told her it was a Beatles’ song sung by Ringo, she was impressed and asked to hear more Beatles songs — especially ones by Ringo.
Six months ago tickets went on sale to see Ringo, and I bought a couple in hopes of taking Annie even though I wasn’t sure if she’d be able to make it through the concert or be overwhelmed. Because I wasn’t sure if she’d be up for going, I kept the concert a secret from Annie until the day before. I sprung the news on her right before I left for work, and her reaction was everything I hoped for — her mouth fell agape and she screamed, jumping up and down. An hour or so later Heather texted me to say that Annie was STILL talking nonstop about going to see Ringo with her dad.
On the big night Annie picked out her best rock concert outfit — her “cool” overalls and her favorite hat — and we took a photo together before we hit the road:
Since the concert was at The Greek near Los Feliz, I took her to a restaurant Uncle Kyle recommended called Home. She was very excited and didn’t stop talking the whole time we were there — especially since I’d pointed out the building in Los Feliz that was Walt Disney’s original studio on the way in. Annie was a hit at the restaurant — the waitress told me that I had the cutest date of anyone there, and I definitely agreed.
When we got to The Greek and I handed our tickets to the usher I was presently surprised to discover our tickets were down front! I’d bought the tickets so long ago I’d forgotten I’d nabbed great seats instead of just so-so ones.
We settled into our seats — about five minutes from show time — when Annabel announced she was starving (you know, despite having just polished off a full meal and dessert). I hustled her over to the concession, worrying the whole time we would miss the start of the concert, but thankfully we got back before the concert started.
Once Ringo came out Annie screamed and cheered louder than anyone. She was very excited and danced to every song (Heather later told me Annie had said she wanted to “do a lot of dancing”).
The night couldn’t have gone better — Annie’s energy never flagged, and she never asked when it would-be over or said she wanted to go (as I worried she might). She got to hear her favorite song, “Yellow Submarine,” and at the end of the concert she even gave me a big hug and thanked me for taking her.
It was a special experience for me to be able to share this with Annie, and I hope it was for her too. Ringo and Paul are getting up there in age, and won’t be performing too much longer. I hope one day she looks back and thinks it’s pretty cool that she got to see a Beatle live and in person — and with her old man by her side, no less.
Ringo was my fav. I remember their first appearance in the USA…omg! I was very young, but I understood it was a magical night even though I did not yet understand the full impact they would have in the world of music. Lucky Annie! How precious these daddy/daughter dates are for both of you!
What a wonderful experience for both of you!
When my son was small, we introduced him to the Back to the Future cartoons. He loved them!
Seriously, that last photo is one of the very best I’ve ever seen on this website. Absolutely frameable.
Buuuuuttttt…. Did she sing along to any of the songs?
Seriously – sounds like it was a magical night. And yes – that last photo is heartwarming.
We saw Ringo in concert in Chicago at Northerly Island in 2008, I think? It was a great night. I had goosebumps through most of the show. The next year we saw Paul McCartney at Citi Field in New York – also incredible. Annie has a great memory to look back on.
Happy Birthday, Ringo!!
So sweet! What a special memory for the two of you to share. (And let us know what you decide about the timing of Back to the Future…)
I say no time like the present for Back to the Future! (Whoa, that’s a lot of time frames in one sentence!)
Absolute Dad Awesomeness!
Loved this post and the beautiful experience you two shared together…so utterly precious!!!
You and Heather are amazing parents and reading this blog also teaches and inspires me as a parent – thank YOU!!
Oh, and, Annabel has the BEST fashion sense of any girl her age, not to mention adults too!
Rita A says:
This is freakin’ awesome!! I can still remember my dad’s cassette collection of road trip songs when he and I would make our annual treks to where ever…. There’s nothing better than a great relationship with your Dad! You go Mike with ur bad dad self!
Happy Birthday to Ringo!
Awesome! I saw Ringo and his All Starr Band in Bend, OR last summer, it was epic!
what a fun daddy daughter date, Mike. I love how you were able to share something you love with her!! (and how she ended up loving it too!!). What a precious memory shared between you two.
Daddy/daughter dates are so special. I’m sure Annie will remember this night in the years to come. Such a special memory! My husband is a die-hard Beatles fan as well and he insisted on playing Beatles songs to my belly while I was pregnant. But really, how could you not love the Beatles?!