When I was I kid, I had heard the rumors and hype behind the “Paul-Is-Dead” Urban Legend. This is the Beatles Parlor Game where Paul McCartney died tragically in a car accident and the surviving Beatles hired a replacement who looked and sounded like Paul McCartney. They had supposedly supplied all kinds of clues buried in album covers and backward song message alerting the fans to this mystery. It’s a fun and silly game to play.
I remember scouring the back album cover of the “Sgt. Pepper” album looking for “Paul-Is-Dead” Clues and I came across in the bottom right hand corner a randomly placed lyric from one of the album’s tracks: “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.” It didn’t make sense to me because the back cover of the “Sgt. Pepper” album displays all of the song lyrics. This particular lyric from “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” is already listed within the sequence of the album’s words. I never understood why it was there. Perhaps, it was a message from The Beatles to their listeners about the joy and creativity that was embedded within the tracks of their audio masterpiece.
“A splendid time is guaranteed for all” is a suitable opening into The Pepper Mindset. This upcoming project is a five-part blog and radio series not only commemorating the 50th Anniversary release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles, but also a celebration of the innovative spirit of the band that created this album and how it connects to the schoolhouse today.
The Beatles recorded this album within an atmosphere of creativity, collaboration, risk-taking and positivity. This mindset for innovation truly made a significant impact on cultural and music history. “Sgt. Pepper” is synonymous with being a milestone for creativity. It is the innovative barometer that still resonates today for artists in any medium. Repeated listenings of the album still serve as sonic catalysts for inspiration, creativity and challenge.
What I refer to as “The Pepper Mindset” can also apply to the schoolhouse. The Pepper Mindset is the highly collaborative movement of innovative expression established by The Beatles during the recording of what many consider to be the greatest album of all time. The impact of The Pepper Mindset is resonating in schoolhouses all over our globe. We will bring attention to the connections between The Beatles influential collaboration and the inspiring things happening in the schoolhouse in service and support of kids.
As an educator/principal and unabashed fan of The Beatles, I believe The Pepper Mindset is common ground ripe for exploration and discussion. The connections between The Beatles approach to recording music and the 4Cs of Education (Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking) possess a similar synergy.
In collaboration with Nicole Michael of 910 Public Relations and Lanea Stagg of Recipe Records, The Pepper Mindset will begin officially on May 3rd as five-part radio series with companion blog posts written by yours truly.
Here’s the link to the radio broadcasts: The Pepper Mindset. Our radio world premier is May 3rd at 5:00 p.m. Central/6:00 p.m. Eastern Times. If you miss a live broadcast, then you will be able to catch the archive at the link.
We are truly honored to have some prominent Beatle authors and scholars guest on these broadcasts. Here’s a rundown of the shows:
- May 3-“May I Introduce to You” What Is the Pepper Mindset? with Jim Berkenestadt/Donovan Day
- May 10: “Looking Glass Ties” Headmaster George Martin with Ken Womack
- May 17: “I’m Changing My Scene” Escape from Candlestick Park with Jude Kessler/Marti Edwards
- May 24: “When You’ve Seen Beyond Yourself”-Global Connections with Aaron Krerowicz/Terri Whitney
- May 31: “We Hope You Have Enjoyed the Show”-Making Your Masterpiece with Ed Chapman/Jude Kessler
The Pepper Mindset hopes to be “A splendid time guaranteed for all!” All are invited to sit in with Sgt. Pepper’s Band and enjoy the show.
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