A Day in the Life at OTA

Today, like most days, members of the OTA family are busy helping to change lives. Whether supporting our students, our franchises, and/or each other, each day at OTA is cacophony of events and not easily explained.

Then I came across the article, How the Beatles wrote a ‘Day in the Life’ in the May 2017 issue of The Atlantic.

Many would argue that A Day in the Life, a prolific Beatle’s song on the second side of the St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is one of the best songs ever written. But when writing about the song for the article, the author had a difficult time figuring out everything that was really going on without taking the fun out of it. He wrote:

  • A Day in the Life is an elaborate production, filled with sophisticated George Martin and Geoff Emerick musical trickery (distortion, echo, dubbing, reverb). An orchestra plays, and then one singer’s voice gives way to another’s—John’s worldly reflections transitioning to Paul’s sketch of domestic memoir, and then back again—before orchestral cataclysm and a final resting place. The song has so much happening that when I casually listen I feel the accumulated effect, but attempting to really figure out what’s going on, I fear may take the fun out of it. (taken from https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/05/how-the-beatles-wrote-a-day-in-the-life/527001/)

I love this explanation because that is exactly how I feel when trying to explain what’s going on at OTA during any given day. I fear that I too may take the fun out of it. So as not to be a killjoy, I have decided to let the amazing photos (that our very own extremely talented and creative photographer Jason Gonzales took), stand on their own, for now anyway. Because sometimes we just need to feel what's happening, or rather see it, rather than try to explain it.

In the meanwhile, keep a look out for a new series called "A Day in the Life" in which you will get to see an up close and personal look at the people of OTA, one person at a time, one day at a time.

In this way, you will get to revel in both the intricacies and the accumulated effects of the daily happenings here at OTA and complete the sentence for yourself…or not.