Abbey Road’s 1936 Hit: Bach

I’ve been listening to a lot of classical music lately, mostly because the absence of words makes finding my own that much easier. Last night, while researching upcoming historical events — funny phrase — for this very site, my Spotify shuffled over to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007.”

You know this tune — even if your only exposures to classical music are film and TV, you know it; it’s one of the most famous pieces of music in the world. To refresh your memory, here’s Yo-Yo Ma performing it.

See? That song. Again, it’s super famous — but it wasn’t always this way.

Though Bach penned his cello suites between 1717-1720, these tracks were neglected for over two centuries; they didn’t gain widespread exposure or popularity until 1936, after cellist Pablo Casals, who stumbled across the music in a vintage shop, recorded them at Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles and Pink Floyd later recorded. Soon Bach’s 300-year old Cello Suite No. 1 was inescapable, becoming one of the most hottest singles in the world — or something like that.

You know, just in case you’re interested….

Friday Vibes Video: Sweet Baboo

The world seems pretty chaotic these days, but Welsh musician Sweet Baboo’s track “Let’s Go Swimming Wild” reminds us that sometimes, if we’re really lucky, “Out of mess sometimes comes great success.” And if not, at least we always have cats, of which there are many in this video.

See you Monday y’all!