It’s not, you know. Love isn’t all you need. Sorry. The Beatles are liars.
Still, ‘All You Need Is Love’ is the title of a Beatles song that was meant to unite the world. And now it’s also the opening theme song to “Beat Bugs,” an animated series streaming on Netflix that introduces Beatles songs to kids with covers from Pink, Sia, and Regina Spektor, to name a few.
Over dinner, I asked the kids if they thought it was true, that all you need is love. These were their unedited responses:
Lucas: “No.” Why not. “Because you gotta take her to a nice restaurant and then you’ve gotta show her your stuff.” Oh, I see. “Then dance with her nicely and then all the rest of it is love. The first part’s money. The second part’s love.”
Abby: “No. You could like someone, but then you get mad at them because they do something truly evil. And love can’t change that.”
Lucas: “Yeah but, Abby, take me and you for example. We fight, and then love wins.”
Abigail: “Let’s not take me and you as an example.”
Sometimes after a long time of love you forget that it’s a verb, that it’s something active that you should work at doing. Too many people love passively, say it out of habit, but they don’t exercise it. I’m going to resist calling it a muscle because ‘Love Muscle’ isn’t a phrase that should ever be said. Just, ew.
The series brings The Beatles’ songs alive through the narrative of 5 lovable bugs who explore their universe, a backyard. The show is geared toward the younger set (think 2- to 5-year-olds) and to parents who finally won’t mind getting the songs from their kids’ shows stuck in their heads.
When my kiddos watched the first episode, which features ‘Help’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,’ I began to sing along. “Mom, how do you already know the words? Have you seen this show before?!” Seriously? It made me realize how much I’m failing these kids on their musical education.
It was also kind of trippy to see the song come alive, as I expect ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ ought to be, given the rumors about its link to the drug LSD.
“Picture yourself in a boat on the river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly…
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes”
It all comes ALIVE in Beat Bugs! It’s hard not to rock out in the background as your kids watch “Rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies.”
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