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Monday, February 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, George

“I think people who can truly live a life in music are telling the world, 'You can have my love, you can have my smiles. Forget the bad parts, you don't need them. Just take the music, the goodness, because it's the very best, and it's the part I give.' ”-- George Harrison

I remember where I was when I heard that John Lennon was shot. It was in the evening and I was watching Hill Street Blues. The program was interrupted to broadcast the news, and I told my mom, who was in the den, talking on the phone.

I don't remember where I was when I heard that George Harrison had died, but I do remember how instantly my eyes filled with tears and how terribly sad I felt.

I was never old enough to be influenced by the Beatles when they were together, and when George released his first solo album, All Things Must Pass, I was only three. But for some reason, I always loved George, even before I knew anything about him.

As a person I was drawn to him, and as a musician, I appreciated him in all of his incarnations, from the "quiet" Beatle to his Dark Horse days, to the Traveling Wilburys.

I don't know what it is about some people that draws us in, makes us feel like we can instantly relate to them, (maybe we see something of ourselves in them?) or how we can feel attached to people we will never really know, but that's how it is sometimes.

What I love about this video (besides the song) is that it's pure and simple. It makes you remember the days when music came on actual records.

Official George Harrison website (lovely)
Wikipedia entry about George
Rolling Stone article about George's greatest moments in music
The Traveling Wilburys website
George's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
BBC pages devoted to George

His last words: Love one another.


Anonymous February 24, 2008 at 10:16 PM  

I just love that song. Thank you for sharing.

koolricky February 25, 2008 at 7:16 AM  

Thank you thank you thank you!

tangobaby February 25, 2008 at 9:23 AM  

Hi Johanna and Koolricky,

How lovely! Something else we all have in common.


studio wellspring February 25, 2008 at 2:55 PM  

this may be no surprise to you, he's my fave beattle too.

tangobaby February 25, 2008 at 2:58 PM  

I guess, at this point in our relationship, I would be surprised if he wasn't!

Shall I guess your favorite song? Or you can play it for me.