Its a small, complicated word with a tangle of meanings.
Its the title of John Paul Whites new album, his first in nearly a decade, a remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop. Gothic and ambitious, with a rustic, lived-in sound, its a meditation on love curdling into its opposite, on recrimination defining relationships, on hope finally filtering through doubt.
Beulah is also a White family nickname. Its a term of endearment around our house, White explains, like you would call someone Honey. My dad used to call my little sister Beulah, and I call my daughter Beulah. Its something Ive always been around.
Beulah is also something much loftier. For the poet and painter William Blake, Beulah was a place deep in the collective spiritual unconscious.
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