Experiment: Two Words

By |2013-07-31T03:21:51-07:00July 27, 2013|1968, George, George Harrison|

George Harrison, 1968 GEORGE HARRISON: I wrote "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at my mother's house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes...the Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there's no such thing as coincidence—every little item that's going down has a purpose. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book—as it would be relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up [...]

Four-string serenade

By |2015-01-15T11:48:13-08:00January 31, 2008|George Harrison|

The most moving part of Concert for George was when Paul came out to sing "Something," accompanying himself on ukulele. (George loved the uke, and was a member of a George Formby society.) It was so moving that, a year or so later, I misremembered the scene, and thought Paul had performed "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," fitting in a sly joke on his choice of instrumentation. Maybe my misremembering was a wish. Not long thereafter I saw uke maestro Jake Shimabukuro play an astonishing version of "WMGGW," on this widely circulated video. http://www.youtube.com/v/puSkP3uym5k Postscript: Uke-Beatles fans, make sure you learn all [...]

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