George Harrison Week

Dhani Harrison works on keeping his father’ George’s legacy.

george_harrisonIn late September, Conan O’Brien devoted a week to the music of George Harrison, in honor of some of his music being re-released. I’ve mentioned before that my realization of how much I experienced George’s loss was much more gradual than the shock of John Lennon’s murder.

Conan Kicks Off George Harrison Week

Beck – Wah-Wah.

Paul Simon – Here Comes the Sun, and talks about singing it with George on Saturday Night Live

Dhani Harrison & Friends featuring Big Bad Delta – Let It Down

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Dhani Harrison & Friends Featuring Big Black Delta -Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)

Dhani Harrison On Preserving His Father’s Legacy. I’m not a watcher of the show, but evidently, Dhani and Conan are old friends.

Dhani Harrison Presents The George Harrison Guitar App (February 2012)

Norah Jones -Behind That Locked Door.

Interesting that everyone, except Simon, picked something from that classic album All Things Must Pass.

Slightly off-topic:

Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and others – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Listen to The Beatles’ isolated vocal tracks for Abbey Road medley

I’ve become newly interested in the Beatles song Piggies since its inclusion in a musical review at church. Here’s the Anthology 3 version. “Harrison’s mother provided the line ‘What they need’s a damn good whacking’, and [John] Lennon contributed the line ‘clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon,” instead of the original lyrics “to cut their pork chops.” Here’s Piggies from the white album.

The Quarrymen – That’ll Be The Day and In Spite of All The Danger (1958)

How to make Beatles pancakes

‘4: John Paul George Ringo’: Beatles release free iTunes EP of solo music.

A signed copy of Beatles’ Please Please Me sells for $36,655.

Two songs for Valentine’s Day

It’s Love by the Rascals, back when they were still Young, features the flute by Hubert Laws. It’s the B-side of the single A Girl Like You, and is the last song on the Groovin’ album from 1967.

I know you romantics might have a difficult time believing this, but not everyone LOVES Valentine’s Day. The idea of romantic love is anathema to them. And I know, ’cause I’ve been there.

For you who hate the day, LISTEN to a song by Beck. This is the 1990s singer, not the 1960s guitarist. Oh, what’s the title? It starts with A, ends with HOLE, and has seven letters. I first came across it when it was covered by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers for the soundtrack to the movie She’s The One. Petty’s version borrows heavily from the original. I love the juxtaposition of the pleasant harmonized melody with the depressing text:
She dangles carrots, makes you feel embarrassed
To be the fool you know you are
She’ll do anything
She’ll do anything
She’ll do anything to make you feel like an…

On the other side of the mood fence, LISTEN to It’s Love by the Rascals, back when they were still Young, featuring flute by Hubert Laws. It’s the B-side of the single A Girl Like You and is the last song on the Groovin’ album from 1967.

I actually bought the CD version of this album specifically for this song. I had it on vinyl – still do, actually – but the fancy new stereo record player that I bought in the late 1980s would automatically eject the side before the song was over. There was very little room between those outro grooves and the record label in the center on Side 2 of the album, and I could get only 3/4s of the way through It’s Love. Maddening. BTW, my OLD record player, which I had to junk, never gave me such problems.

Here’s another video of It’s Love, this one with the trippy lyrics:
“Oh, what a wild sensation
Multiple revelations”
I was always partial to the Whitney Houston song How Will I Know. You’ll find it at this link, along with two dozen more of her songs. Dead at 48. Yikes.

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