It was a German (!), an old friend from Hamburg (!), Klaus Voorman, who designed the Grammy-winning album cover (“album cover?”, I hear you ask? “What is that?”).
The music was (partially) inspired by the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds – which had (partially) been inspired by Rubber Soul. Throw in a third album, Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, and his response, in 4th Time Around, to Lennon’s Norwegian Wood, and you have three of the best albums ever recorded, all being released in one year, and Revolver on this day, 50 years ago.
Pretty complicated, right? And no, I’m not a walking music encyclopaedia. It took me hours to put that puzzle together today. Really.
“Not the best use of your time, Reinhard, if you don’t mind me saying”, you might say. “Haven’t you got better things to do?” – and I wouldn’t entirely disagree with you.
Only that doing these un-productive, pretty useless, things from time to time really make our life worth living. If we were just concerned about being productive all the time we would become machines. What makes us human, what makes “life” life, and not just existence, is doing things, at times, that are un-productive.
In fact, I suspect that the sometimes exclusive focus on productivity and metrics and turnover, the “University of Enterprise”, is leading us into a world where life is only valued if it produces a return on investment.
What kind of life would that be?
One of Pádraig’s best hours in the week is that of his Music Therapy. One of my best hours was sitting in on a session. There were no measurable things happening, as far as I could tell. But there was real magic in the air and an engagement that was incredible. Worth living for.
Life is worth living. Even, or maybe especially, if the outcome is just the pleasure of living it.
Wouldn’t you agree?
(And being able to listen to 50-year old Rubber Soul, Pet Sounds, Revolver and Blonde on Blonde is one of those pleasures of life.)