CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE BEATLES AND THE INFLUENCE OF THEIR LOVE SONGS ON STUDENTS’ EMPATHY
The article describes and analyses the cultural heritage and the Beatles mania phenomenon.
Explorations and expressions of love have dominated the lyrical content of popular music for decades, to the extent that the love song can be said to be the archetypal pop song. A detailed division of “love styles” has been proposed by the psychologist John Alan Lee, who suggests that there are six distinct styles of love. Through a consideration of the application of his typology to the lyrics of popular songs, it can be seen that the categories he has identified have relevance musically, as well as socially and emotionally. When these insights are employed in the analysis of songs written and performed by the Beatles, significant differences are seen in the approach to love between the group’s earlier and later material. It is argued that these are not random variations, but indications of the ways in which their personal experiences and professional evolution were reflected in the nature of their music.