Ruminating on the cover of Abbey Road
In the realm of iconic album covers, the Beatles’ Abbey Road rates up there with only a few others —Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, Beastie Boys’ License to Ill, Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, The Clash’s London Calling, Velvet Underground Velvet Underground and Nico, Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Catch a Fire, Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass’ Whipped Cream and Other Delights (I’m only kidding…kind of…).
So, when it came to putting a FreshKetch together that hinted at how important a role music plays in the Aqua ViTea world (and especially so in my own), I figured what better way than to roll out our ingredient characters on the Abbey Road red carpet. Those characters being, in order from left to right: Sugar, Tea, Yeast, Water and Bacteria.
In true Spicy Mike character, I couldn’t just let things be and place each character on the zebra crossing without also having a theory on who stands in for who. So, without further ado, here goes.
Bacteria and Yeast: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
John and Paul were the main songwriters and they did most of the heavy lifting when it came to crafting the music. Likewise, Bacteria and Yeast are the sole workers in the kombucha universe. Working together in harmony, both pairs create beautiful things. However, things go awry when there is discord and the environment isn’t conducive to the production of awesomeness.
Water: Ringo Starr
I adore Ringo. He’s a bit of a goof, but his drumming is unique and the Beatles wouldn’t truly sound like the Beatles without his particular style of tight and eccentric pounding. He held it all together and was also the most amicable, i.e. like water going with the flow.
Tea: George Harrison
Seemingly the most grounded of the Beatles, Harrison was also fascinated with Indian mythology and culture where some of our teas come from.
Sugar: George Martin
(the“fifth Beatle”, producer)
George Martin is a major reason the Beatles are the Beatles. However, if you weren’t paying close attention you might never know. Like Martin with the Beatles, many people don’t realize what an important role sugar plays in kombucha. Without it, there is no ferment, no organic acids or enzymes. They both played their respective roles in the background, shunning the spotlight and leaving the accolades for the others. No sugar, no kombucha. No Martin, no Beatles.
If you have your own take on who may be who, please feel free to write. We love a good dialogue here at Aqua ViTea.