The Beatles Live On Macklin Levine was born more than 25 years after the Fab Four broke up, but at 12, she has a deep appreciation for Beatles music. "As old as the songs are, you can learn a lot about yourself from the lyrics," she says. And the Beatles help her remember her Dad, too.
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The Beatles Live On

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

I: I believe in adaptation.

I: I believe in a silver lining.

I: I believe that being flexible keeps me going.

I: I believe every single person deserves to be acknowledged.

I: This I believe.

LIANE HANSEN, Host:

As part of our series, This I Believe, educators can go to our Web site, NPR.org, for guidelines on how to use the essays as a teaching tool. Those guidelines have been used in classrooms in every U.S. state and in more than 50 countries. Today's essay comes from one of those classrooms at the Fieldston School in New York City. It was written by 12-year-old Macklin Levine. Here's our series curator, independent producer Jay Allison.

JAY ALLISON: Macklin Levine wrote her essay for her English class last year in sixth grade. She thought of writing about a belief in the value of diversity or in learning from mistakes, but then she settled on a belief, which derives from a moment that sticks with her, a moment tied to her father and to music and memory. Here's Macklin Levine with her essay for This I Believe.

MACKLIN LEVINE: We were really scared when Phoebe took off, but hoped she'd come back soon. She didn't. My friend's dad hiked into the state park behind our house, miles in, posting signs explaining about our lost dog. A day passed, and still no Phoebe. We called and called into the woods. Next thing I knew, my dad climbed into our station wagon and disappeared.

I: My Dad died a few months after my dog ran away, and when I first wrote the essay I was afraid to say that because I knew I wouldn't be able to read it out loud in class without crying. But now when I think of him, I remember his wacky idea to play the family music and how it made me feel like everything would be okay. The Beatles don't exist anymore, but their music will live in everyone forever. I believe in The Beatles because their music brings people together and gives us hope.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN MY LIFE")

ALLISON: Macklin Levine with her essay for This I Believe. When she sent us her essay, Macklin included the lyrics for the Beatles song, "In My Life." She said they speak to her.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN MY LIFE")

THE BEATLES: (Singing) ...not for better, some have gone and some remain.

ALLISON: We hope you'll visit NPR.org/ThisIBelieve to see all the essays in our series. You can also find guidelines for using the series in the classroom at all grade levels. For This I Believe, I'm Jay Allison.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN MY LIFE")

BEATLES: (Singing) ...in my life I've loved them all. But of all these friends and lovers, there is no one compares with...

HANSEN: Jay Allison is co-editor with Dan Gediman, John Gregory and Viki Merrick of the book, "This I Believe Volume 2: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IN MY LIFE")

BEATLES: (Singing) ...though I know I'll never lose affection for people and things that went before. I know I'll often stop and think about them, in my life I love you more.

HANSEN: You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News.

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