I got a beautiful new copy of Abbey Road on 180g vinyl last Christmas. It’s one of only three records in my collection that did not have an owner before me. This record came to me with no stories tucked away between the grooves, so it’s high time I made my own.
I never understood the importance of a record having two sides until I played this one. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” spirals downward into a pit of seemingly inescapable despair, collapsing in on its own gravity, until by some divine act, the pain stops. Now, the listener must stand up, walk back to the record player, and have the courage to drop the needle again. The first few notes of “Here Comes the Sun” are possibly the greatest sigh of relief in the history of recorded music.
It was this same sigh that I breathed in this morning when I walked outside, saw the blue sky, felt the sun’s warmth through my sweatshirt, and knew that winter was over. For those of you who live in New England, we really have had a “long, cold, lonely winter”.
The Spring air is an invitation and a call to action at the same time. It says “There’s work to be done”. Spring is the time for seeding and fertilizing. It’s the time to get the bike out of the basement and start riding again. It’s the time to repair the damage that winter has left in its wake. Spring is a time for rebirth, and it’s worth the effort.