Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be headlining an upcoming benefit show — and yes, they’ll be performing together. The Charity Begins Within concert, benefiting the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, will also include Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye Lavette, and Jim James. The April 4 show marks the first time McCartney and Starr will perform together since 2002, and the first time I’ve ever really considered spending $80 on a concert ticket.
The David Lynch Foundation promotes transcendental meditation in schools. According to the foundation’s website, the practice “is a simple, natural, effortless, easily learned technique practiced silently for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed. During the practice, the mind settles down, experiencing finer levels of thought, until it transcends the finest level of thought and experiences the source of thought, pure consciousness — the unified field — the source of the unlimited creativity and intelligence expressed in human life and in nature.” No word on how it affects ones strange meteorology tweets, but the organization says that transcendental meditation “is not a religion or philosophy and does not involve concentration, control of the mind, or change in lifestyle.”
McCartney and Starr helped popularize transcendental meditation in 1968, when they studied under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. If they need a mantra for today, might I suggest “Let’s tour together”? Maybe the change you want to see by changing the we’re-not-touring-together stance? Just putting it out there.
That’s not the only good news today for Beatles fans: You can now earn a masters degree in Beatle-ology. Liverpool Hope University is launching a degree program called “The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.” Finally, journalism is no longer the masters degree least likely to help you find employment!