The White Album, when creativity occurs in clusters

I continue with my review of the official discography of the most beloved rock band in the world, The Beatles. This time I will talk about The White Album, although in reality, I do not know what to say after all that has been said. I could say it is the favorite album of many and that caused a great impact the year of its release, given the generosity of the quartet of Liverpool to give us so many songs in one delivery. Obviously, there are lights and shadows between song and song; nevertheless, it is more than confirmed that the balance it keeps between all that is published on it, makes it a work to be treasured throughout the life. The inclusion of extremely endearing themes, plus the band's attachment to the pure and effective rock of the time, makes it more than irresistible. I do not think that the album could be classified as a work of concept as if it were its predecessors Revolver and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, because, definitively, it must have been impossible to string together each of the songs to be part of a whole. In that sense, The White Album, is a conventional album, with the great advantage of containing many and varied themes, which makes it unforgettable. It must be recognized that, in order to fulfill that great undertaking, they had to resort to guest musicians who, although they did not obtain the credit on the album, years later and after hundreds of authorized and unauthorized biographies, we have known that this was the case, way it talks about several aspects that the members of the band crossed at that time, and those aspects are the ones that I would like to address. First, the workload. Not only did John Lennon and Paul McCartney would have to fulfill the commitments acquired voluntarily or involuntarily, but they also had to satisfy their needs as composers, trying to create the best songs for the band. The competition was healthy, although sometimes among musicians it is difficult for coexistence to be as good as possible, so, with everything they had to offer, plus the desire to write a better song than their partner the number of topics they wanted imposing for the disk must have been enormous. Imagine everything that was left in the inkwell either for later discs or else, so that they would never be published. If the dumbbell of these two composers had decided to work together on all the recordings of their songs, they would never have finished. So, for the same reason, inviting other musicians for the rehearsal and recording separately of some subjects was a success. Anyway, I do not think there's anyone who can say that the style varied in anything from their other albums. The hallmark of the "Fab Four" is present in all the themes and none of them demerits in quality.


For this historic moment of The Beatles, the creative genius of George Harrison was already a reality and after the brilliant songs he composed for Revolver, a place for his songs was mandatory. I think that's one more point to consider about the gigantic workload since things were not like they used to be when almost everything revolved around the compositions of Lennon and McCartney, while Harrison's performances were a little more marginal and organizing work was much simpler. In addition, almost all the songs of The White Album were no longer the simple songs of Rock 'n Roll, its preparation required more time. Continuing with George Harrison and his creations, I'm sure everyone will agree with me that his best contribution to the album is "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", which became a hymn for many, that even our times, a great part of the musical guild, honors it. The sweet and sad melody, accompanied by a supreme arrangement of guitars to end with the solo guitar one that invites us all to close our eyes and watch so many images of our lives pass while their guitar continues to cry, is a religious experience.


In particular, I really like the fact of Lennon's vocation for rock in the songs he included for the record, although "Julia" deserves a special mention because it contrasts with that harsher style of the other songs. It is also to be appreciated Paul's ambition to get the most beautiful passages in some of his tracks. "Blackbird" represents a huge achievement for any artist. With just one guitar and his voice conquers everyone's heart. A letter to which we can give as many meanings as we want and a melody that nests in the heart of those who listen to it forever. How many composers have wanted to reach those levels of excellence and simplicity and have never achieved it. And so, we continue listening to this generous work and we find ourselves with a bit of everything.


It will always be a source of happiness for me to dust off the old The White Album and enjoy it as if it were the first time I've heard it. The reason is simple: I always find new things to analyze, to talk with friends or simply to enjoy the experience of rediscovering the band I admire the most. Unlike other albums, I think I can play it from beginning to end and without skipping a single song, even though there is not much connection in many of them. I think it's part of the magic, but above all, of the enormous work they did in those moments and allowed them to conceive an album with abundant songs, all of them with a very particular aesthetic, but at the same time, all with a common denominator: a lot of creativity I do not want to say goodbye without first mentioning the song "Sexy Sadie", which is undoubtedly one of the best compositions from the musical point of view (probably the lyrics does not like to everyone, to me yes) created by John Lennon, I do not get tired to listen to it and play it on my guitar. It is fantastic. Well, actually I could spend whole hours mentioning each of the songs, I like all of them and they provoke me in general, a lot, a lot of happiness.

By: Jorge Diaz

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