The Perks of Being A Wallflower is not a particularly great book. But there is one aspect of it that really affected me. It was the part where he describes listening to “Black Bird” for the first time.
I have related my experiences with the White Album many times for many people. For much of my life it has served a secret and mystical purpose. The first time I listened to it, and Black Bird, my family was out of the house. I was curious, because when my father spoke of it, he did so with reverent tones. I soon discovered why.
It’s a record that means a lot to me, and it explains a lot of my feelings and thoughts, but it also describes some of the people that I know:
Nate – Rocky Racoon
Phil – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Millie – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Jeff Taxdahl – Julia
Grandpa Wayne – I Will
Evilena Rene’ – Dear Prudence
I’m sure this doesn’t make any sense. Just go off by yourself, and listen to that record.