Hello , everyone! Welcome from Brad from Old Days New Ways! So many of you like our Facebook page (over 2,000, wow!) and I love interacting with all of you. I wanted something a little more customizable, however, as I have music and videos and more that I want to share with you! So I decided to start using the blog capabilities of our new website to reach out to you more personally.
I want each post to share something cool about the time I grew up, and especially as it relates to today! The Old Days in the New Ways.
To start off, let’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of my favorite albums, The White Album by The Beatles!
A little history, thanks to the Vinyl Rewind youtube channel for consolidating all the information for me! The White Album is actually The Beatles’ self-titled album, and the cover wasn’t always blank white! Recording on The White Album (TWA) started on May 30th, 1968. What made this album special started in the studio. Instead of figuring out the songs, practicing them, and then recording them once; the band figured out the songs pretty much on-the-fly! They’d written the lyrics during their stay in India where they explored meditation and spirituality, and when they came back they booked open-ended sessions whereupon they would work in the studio until they felt they were done for the day, or that the song was done.
This process is really cool, as it allows song to come about more naturally and collaboratively than usual, but it’s a lot more expensive and sometimes a song just doesn’t come together. The only downside to this was that, at the time, the Beatles apparently weren’t getting along very well. Their performances were fraught with criticism, and Ringo even left for a time! That never seemed to affect their teamwork on each others songs. We forget that they were best mates! The others convinced him to come back, though, and they eventually finished on October 14th, 1968. The album would later be released on November 22nd, 1968. November 22nd is my Son’s birthday! Although he was born much later.
This album had many songs which would become hits/favorites among fans. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Blackbird to name a few. The songs on the album are as varied and interesting as you'd expect from the newly-inspired spiritual Beatles. My top three (in no particular order) are
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
& Savoy Truffle.
The White Album remains one of The Beatles' most famous works, and for good reason. This was the highlight of their career, when they were pretty much the biggest band in the entire world! It's hard to believe it's been fifty years already.
Listen to The White Album Here!