Yes, context does count, in pictures and in words

Beatles pic with ringo cropped out

Let’s consider the importance of context.

Context allows us to put things into perspective. It helps us delve beneath the surface and understand deeper meanings.

In life, context nourishes spirituality. In writing, context rasps away the mundane and the mendacious.

In the video below, context allows us to understand that Ringo Starr doesn’t usually play the piano while wearing mittens and sitting in the snow in Norway; that the music was added to the video later even though he’s mouthing the words; and that the video was shown in 1971 on a BBC show called “Top of the Pops,” which featured a dance troupe called Pan’s People.

Context allows us to know that Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey and that children of the 1980s might know him as one of the narrators for “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.” Context allows us to understand that the term “Fab Four” is an alliterative reference to the Beatles, a band that, as you can see in the picture above, had three members: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon.

No, wait. Isn’t someone missing?

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