Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Farewell, Sir George, and Thanks.
Once we've lived our three score and ten these things begin to happen. The shafts of sunlight which illuminated our lives vanish, leaving only shadows. What would our culture have been without the bold, innovative 90 well-spent years of Sir George Martin's life on this planet? He was an old fashioned 'gent' with no whiff of snobbery. He kept his tie on, but his heart and ears were open. He made us laugh with Peter Sellers and the Goons, and most of all, he opened a sealed door to the wider world for The Beatles, his skill and inventiveness the canvas upon which their brushstrokes would be made. We, the British, and you, the World, should be proud that such a man existed. Thank you, Mr. Martin; your place in cultural eternity is assured. 'And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make ...'