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Mary Chapin Carpenter still remembers the first time she heard the Beatles. The song was "Penny Lane," and she was about six or seven years old, listening to a transistor radio late at night in her New Jersey home.
"When I hear the slightly out of tune upright piano intro to the song, it brings me back to that day," she says.
These days, too, Chapin is still a fan. She made a tape that includes the Beatles tune that she plays when she goes running, and also took a tour of Liverpool, visiting all the landmarks around the actual Penny Lane.
With the passing of George Harrison last week, it truly is an end of an era. "Now we are experiencing as a culture the passing of artists that very much are a part of the lives and culture of baby boomers," she said. "When we think of the Beatles and about that time in our lives, we feel eternally young. But the truth is, time is passing."