There's nothing like the music of The Beatles ringing through my house.
Video games usually hold no interest for me, but I have to admit, the release of The Beatles Rock Band has me intrigued.
I bought the game for my son, Alek's, birthday, and just seeing him excited about Beatles music puts a smile on my face.
He first made me aware The Beatles were coming to video games months ago, and his anticipation has been growing, and mine along with it.
I spent last weekend watching Beatles movies and documentaries, as another wave of Beatlemania spread.
I was born too late to get caught up in the original wave, so every few years, when the Beatles release movies, music or this time a game, I get caught up in the hoopla.
I am not sure if I'll actually strap on the plastic guitar and try and play along with the Beatles, but I enjoy watching the virtual Fab Four as the game tracks their career.
The remastered CDs are more my speed.
The Beatles have released their entire catalog in what is hailed as new and improved with a more crisp, clear sound.
I have most of their music, but I am a sucker for anything new and shiny and anything Beatles, and this certainly qualifies.
Having yet to earn my first million dollars, I won't be ordering the box sets that sell for $260 or $298 (depending on whether you want the original mono recordings or all stereo sound), but I am sure I will have a few of the remastered classics in my collection.
What surprised and disappointed me is that few people shared my enthusiasm for all this new Beatles stuff.
As I stood around Wal-Mart hoping someone would show up ready to throw down some hard-earned cash, I was a little dejected. Not only was the story I wrote for the paper not as interesting with no Beatlemaniacs on hand, but I wondered if the genius of these four lads was falling on deaf ears.
Even more distressing is the local record store had not had anyone come in and even ask about the remastered CDs.
Economics being what it is, I hope people are saving their money rather than missing out.
I know the release of music has changed, and certainly how we listen to music will never be the same.
Michael Jackson's record sales will never be touched because people don't rush to record stores any more, they download music on their iPods.
My friends and I used to go to our local record store just about every day just to browse through the albums.
Heck, I could spend hours just looking at album cover art, which has all but disappeared because of the smaller CDs. To this day, I can study the album cover of St. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Try doing that with the smaller CD and you'll go cross-eyed.
Despite the lukewarm reception Wednesday, maybe, just maybe, the release of The Beatles Rock Band will spark an interest in kids and more generations will come to understand their greatness.
Who knows, it may even get this guy to pick up a plastic guitar and pretend to be fab.
At least it is teaching my son and others his age the true greatness that transcends time and age.
Patrick Murphy, of Columbus, Neb., is the former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.