So Let Me Introduce to You […] Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

So Let Me Introduce to You […] Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Taking your mind off is something everyone should do, no matter which kind of job, routine, daily life or duties we have to deal with. Of course, the better your life is, the higher are the chances to find some free time and energy to invest in such “out-of-the-ordinary” activities. I mean, working 10 hours per day, doing an arduous work, with hungry children at home waiting for you to come back with some food in your hands, leave a little room for entertainment. But, although every PhD student I have ever met, use to complain a lot (myself included), we have to be honest and face the hard reality: is not the worst job we could have chosen! I know it is hard to admit, but there are plenty of other jobs where people is under a lot of stress, both physically and mentally. And, even though doing research puts you under a lot of stress due to several reasons, it cannot be comparable with many other harsher professions. So, if one has the privilege to take some time and include in the weekly agenda a whatsoever recreational activity, well, he/she should remember how lucky he/she is and do it! It is a strong advice!

Now, I am in the position of giving this advice because I am actually doing it and the list of the benefits one can obtain from doing it is endless. Sometimes, one can choose a simple activity, something which could be done easily at home, such as writing, painting, dancing, working out, cooking and of course listening to music. Listening to music: it is such a great entertainment, and moreover, it is available almost to everyone. Could be live music played with simple and rural instruments, could be electronic music, a YouTube playlist as well as an old-fashioned vinyl turning on a LP player. Yes, music is a huge word, it implies thousands of meaning and applications, hundreds of styles, singers and groups. Each person has its own preferences, but there is something, some group, some singer, specific albums which are recognized as milestones in the music’s history. Among them, The Beatles are recognized worldwide as (one of) the best group ever; at least for their influence on everyone else who composed an album after the 1967. What happened on that year? More precisely, what happened during May of that year? Well, the 26th of May of 1967, The Beatles released their eighth studio album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This piece of art is ranked, by several and different sources, as the best album ever done by any musician from the fifties, till now. Listening to it is simply amazing. When this album plays, you could either focus your attention to the hundreds of technical details set into it, or you could just let it flow, simply appreciating the melodies holding and carrying you through the stories narrated along the whole length of this composition. I have listened to it more than hundred times, but every time is different. The feelings change from track to track, within each track, from verse to verse, and according to your daily mood. It is surprising how 39.52 minutes may be able to generate always different emotions. It is –definitely- Art. So, when we feel the need of escaping from our routine, the need of doing something which could ease us, we don’t have to go that far. We don’t need long distances to travel, or big museums to visit. Sometimes we could just take advantage of some music, as it is, and the peacefulness will come with it!