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Remembrance of George Harrison
29 November 2011
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Tomorrow (or today if you are a hop, skip, and a jump over the Atlantic) is the 10th anniversary of our dear fab Beatle George Harrison. This has been a good year in remembering his life and legacy. But it is still incredibly hard to imagine it has been ten years since his passing.

 

So this thread is just for remembrance purposes and showing our virtual love for the quite Beatle. I can say for definite I will be shedding a couple (or a waterfall) of tears. I watched an old clip of CBS News piece on the day he died earlier today and I started tearing.

 

We love you Georgie and we miss you very much.

Well we all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun.
29 November 2011
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We love you George! God rest your soul!

 

 I can't write everything down because that would take up an entire page and make me cry, so I'm gonna make it short and sweet :)

 

I can't thank you enough for what you've done for the world. You've inspired me to do good for other people, and to help me unlock the real me. 

 

Hope to meet you on the other side….

 

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29 November 2011
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George will always be my biggest inspiration both musically and spiritually. Because of the impact he has had in my life, it opened many doors for me including Hinduism, Yoga and the Sitar. Indian music is a part of my life and between him and Ravi Shankar were instrumental in popularizing many forms of world music including New Age which I love very much.

Thanks George for being my inspiration to play the guitar and for all the great music that you have given us to treasure forever.

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29 November 2011
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Well, it's a really sad day for me, I didn't get to know him, I was 4 years old when he passed away…
Anyways, it's funny that when I was little I didn't like him. I loved only Ringo and Paul haha… But I grew up and George is like, one of my heroes, I do not say it because of the anniversary and stuff, he really is… 

You see, I'm really, really shy. Since 2009. Lots of reasons why. All don't belong in this thread lol. So it's kind of hard to make friends, or to know who really is one and I am a little underestimated too or something like that. When all problems arise, you know who's there? My music (may sound crazy, but yes.) In my music, George is there too, tells me "All Things Must Pass" I have to "beware of darkness" etc. I've seen myself really reflected in him, I don't know, I think he was very wise, and he was the younger one. Sometimes I think I've got a lot of similarities with him…. I would also like to make music, so he's a great inspiration to me in that way too and he's not only a great musician for me. He's a role model. And I hope he is resting in peace. If you made it all the way through this, then thank-you for reading (?) haha. Just wanted to get some things out I guess…a-hard-days-night-george-5 and I hope not to cry...a-hard-days-night-ringo-2

 

You are truly missed George…

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29 November 2011
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Vale:) said:

Well, it's a really sad day for me, I didn't get to know him, I was 4 years old when he passed away…
Anyways, it's funny that when I was little I didn't like him. I loved only Ringo and Paul haha… But I grew up and George is like, one of my heroes, I do not say it because of the anniversary and stuff, he really is… 
 
You see, I'm really, really shy. Since 2009. Lots of reasons why. All don't belong in this thread lol. So it's kind of hard to make friends, or to know who really is one and I am a little underestimated too or something like that. When all problems arise, you know who's there? My music (may sound crazy, but yes.) In my music, George is there too, tells me "All Things Must Pass" I have to "beware of darkness" etc. I've seen myself really reflected in him, I don't know, I think he was very wise, and he was the younger one. Sometimes I think I've got a lot of similarities with him…. I would also like to make music, so he's a great inspiration to me in that way too and he's not only a great musician for me. He's a role model. And I hope he is resting in peace. If you made it all the way through this, then thank-you for reading (?) haha. Just wanted to get some things out I guess…a-hard-days-night-george-5 and I hope not to cry…a-hard-days-night-ringo-2

 

You are truly missed George…

That was beautiful Vale

 

An apple for you :) 

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And an apple for George of course :)

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29 November 2011
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a-hard-days-night-paul-6 That's very sweet of you. Thanks! heart

An apple for you too :) apple01

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29 November 2011
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Dear George.

 

I have a hole in my heart because of you. Everytime I listen to your songs, it's like if you were here with me. But you know it's not really about you. Anyway. People might call me crazy for loving you. You were not perfect, but neither I am. But you were as perfect as you could be.

 

I know tomorrow I have all the reasons in the world to be sad, but I won't, I promise I won't. Just forgive me if I cry. It's hard for us who were left behind.

 

But I don't forget what you tell me all the time... "Beware of Darkness.... Beware of Darkness...."

 

Te amo.

 

PS that was very sweet guys....

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
29 November 2011
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Thank you George for being an inspiration. I'm not even sure what kind of an inspiration either, like I can't really define it. It's something different, whereas John maybe has inspired how I think and Paul has inspired how I hear, what George has inspired is more likely to be found within me than, well, without me. It's the ability to smile or something along those lines, hearing George's warm voice full of emotion.

I very clearly remember hearing about George's death on the radio when I was 13. My family used to own a cottage up in Michigan and at a certain point we had to close the place for the winter and so we drove up there on a Saturday. Since I was young and everything post 9/11 news wise had to do with terrorism this and Osama that, I turned myself off from it and missed the announcement of his death, which was on a Thursday if I remember correctly.

So it was a beautiful late autumn day driving through the scenic Michigan back roads, the radio was playing and I heard them talking about the "quiet Beatle" and his death. At 13, I wasn't quite as hip as some of the younger ones on this board and wasn't really much of a Beatles fan, but the guys on the radio played Here Comes The Sun. I just remember looking out at a grassy field covered with leaves and just watching the leaves blow around, and I looked at the trees and felt the presence of the wind. It was weird but it just kind of hit me that it was all in balance with each other. I couldn't really articulate what I felt, but I feel like something changed within me in that moment, I sort of realized that everything was alive all the time and my small, mundane problems weren't really important when life is just so big.

It's a small and perhaps meaningless moment of my life, but it has stuck with me more than other significant things that have happened since. I'd like to think it was the spirit of George Harrison waking me up from my slumber because up until then, I didn't really care about anything.

So thank you George, if not for you, I just wouldn't have a clue.

I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
29 November 2011
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Heck i cant find the words to write, have tried ample times.

George you were and are a legend in how you lived and loved and remained true to yourself in a world of selling out to sell anything. An inspiration to millions your memory and legacy will continue.

 

You are and will continue to be missed.

 

One of my own favourite memories of George was that in the Anthology where he was the main source of humour in what could have become a love-in. He didnt let it be taken too seriously and it made it far more watchable. He was so secure in who he was. Something that is needed so badly nowadays.

 

Im rambling.

 

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29 November 2011
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From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World...

Each person has to find for himself a way for inner realisation. I still believe that's the only reason we're on this planet. It's like going to school again: each soul is potentially divine and the goal is to manifest that divinity. Everything else is secondary.

George, I am missing you today even more than I thought I would. But through the tears, I am smiling as I have your words to use as a guide. I hope like crazy to adhere to those words as much as possible. Thanks for teaching this old dog a new trick.

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29 November 2011
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well, I was inspired by Ali's idea of writing a letter to George. I started it last night and finished this morning in first period study hall. It was a little awkward at first, and I didn't quite know what to say, but at some point everything just started to come out of my mind, almost faster than I could write it down. Wow, I just realized how long this ended up being. Anyway, this is my letter to George.

 

Dear George:

This might be a little rambling, I’m not quite sure how to get it all out, but I’m pretty certain you, having written “I Want To Tell You,” could understand where I’m coming from on this.

So, what I want to tell you is basically a list of the many things I love about you. Bear with me here.

John, Paul and Ringo were all men when you four became famous. Young men, yes, but still adults. I feel like I watched you grow up, from a skinny, adorably large-eared 19-year-old boy to a beautiful man who never quite lost that slight endearing awkwardness, while at the same time becoming so much more confident in yourself.  You evolved more than any of the others over those years, and you really grew into your talent so much. You realized you could not only write songs, but masterpieces, and your songs on Abbey Road, and on All Things Must Pass, once the Beatles had splintered and you were on your own, are some of the best I’ve ever heard.

I really appreciate your ability to “keep quiet at the back” and play your amazing guitar solos without trying to hog the spotlight, for always seeming like you were in your own little world of music onstage. It’s rare to find a lead guitarist who isn’t a showy person. I feel like you tried to be a musician instead of a celebrity.  Yet, you still managed to organize and lead the Concert for Bangladesh, which must have been hard for you, as you weren’t used to leading a concert like that. You had to step out of the background-guitarist comfort zone you’d been in before. It was very brave of you.

You really strived to be a peaceful person, and you were a genuinely sweet and loving friend…Getting in between Paul and another boy to break up a fight back in your Quarrymen days, even though you were much smaller than them, calming John down in Hamburg after Stu died, decorating the studio with flowers to welcome Ringo back after he rejoined during the White Album session. You were almost protective of John when he was in a more fragile state, and you were very much a diplomat between his and Paul’s often conflicting personalities, particularly early on.

And you were also really quirky, which I appreciate. You always did the most random offbeat things, like how you painted Kinfauns. You weren’t a stereotypical anything. Your food obsessions, NASCAR fandom, the gnomes on the cover of All Things Must Pass, the way you could just put everything on hold and spend hour after hour in your gardens …you were a real individual. No-one else is ever going to be quite like you.

You had an amazing sense of humor. We wouldn’t have Monty Python without you. You could be so silly, and you really tried not to take yourself too seriously. You might very well be the only famous musician ever to do something like Crackerbox Palace, and the video for that continues to put a smile on my face every time I think of it. Your amazing wit, in interviews, songs, or the Anthology is guaranteed to make me laugh. You were absolutely hilarious.

But you could be serious too.  Your spirituality has really inspired me. Our religions might seem completely different, but I believe that everyone’s prayers reach the same God, and your faith and passion encourage me to be similarly strong in my beliefs.  Knowing about you has increased my understanding for other people’s religions. I don’t think it matters if we chant mantras or recite Hail Mary’s or just talk to God like a friend. I’m glad that your religion, your form of prayers and beliefs, inspired and stirred you so much.

You also drew so much power from your music. The intensity of your commitment to it, how much you pushed yourself to create beauty, really moves me. Yesterday, when I was watching a video of you singing Beware of Darkness at the Concert for Bangladesh, I saw the raw emotion on your face, the way the music twisted your features slightly, the way you closed your eyes as you sang and swayed slightly. You were almost not a performer, but a conduit for your music. The way it flowed out of you—your talent was like a force of nature. And you were so inventive, too. Your willingness to try new things, your love of Indian music that was in no way ingrained in your culture, how innovative you were on the guitar, and above all how much you loved your music was unbelievable.

 I think what I feel the most about you was that you were so brave. You had a certain dignity, that’s the only word I know to describe it.  You were always yourself, and you didn’t let anyone tell you who you should be or what you should do.  Though you must have despaired at times, you always had the most amazing strong spirit. After you were first diagnosed with cancer, when you held the press conference outside the gates of Friar Park, and you told a reporter that you weren’t going, that you weren’t dead yet, that was so brave of you.  You fought the cancer, and you were winning, and then you were stabbed, a horrific unfair thing that makes me shake with anger. But you survived. You kept your spirit even as terrible things were happening. You protected Olivia as she protected you, and your sense of humor still showed even when it must have seemed like the world was ending. You got sick again, of course, and it was downhill from there, but you kept your dignity, I think. You kept your strength, even when your body was very weak, and your hope, even when there didn’t seem any cause for it. And when it was finally all over, you left us with your final words, to Olivia: “love one another.”

 So, in the end, what you gave me, and the people you knew, and all of us, was love.

We love you too, and we miss you. Wherever you are now, I know you’re happy. You were an incredible person when you were with us, and you have inspired so many, including me. I’ve written your last words on my hand today, ten years after you left us, and if anyone asks me, I will explain what they mean. I will try to draw not only from your words, but from your music, and from your life. If I could have any ability in this world, it would be to live with dignity as you did. Thank you for being who you were.

Hare Krishna, George. We love you.

Julia

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That is beautiful a-hard-days-night-ringo-5 It truly is. I'm sure George would have loved to receive a letter like that

29 November 2011
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dear George.!
I know you can't read this, but even though I've never met you, you play a huge part in my life. I would do anything to turn back time and help you quit smoking before it'd be too late.

we miss you.! apple01 heart

 

 

29 November 2011
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George, You were always searching for inner peace and striving to become a better person. I know you are in paradise with your sweet Lord,  Surrounded with loved ones who also left this world for their spiritual journey.  The Mystical one who grew so much as a human being and influenced so many.  It's hard to believe 10 years have gone by since you left us in the Physical World.  Your beautiful songs and words of wisdom will always live on in our hearts. Hare Khrishna.  "There was never a time you didn't exist or will cease to ".heart

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29 November 2011
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I can't read these without tearing up. I really don't want to go to class with red eyes. But from what I've read, these are all testaments of how George and the Beatles have really touched our lives. It's extraordinary how someone who we have never met and will never get to meet has such an impact on our lives. It's really wonderful.

I don't have much time to write a long letter to Georgie, so I'll make it short an sweet:

 

Dear George,

I don't exactly remember when I realized you were more than the "quite Beatle". I found out how beautiful your soul was and how much love you were willing to give to anyone. You opened your mind to everything and for that it made you look at life in a whole new way. I know you said "Beware of sadness", but I can't help but feel sad about the fact that you were taken away from this planet all too quickly in life. It does bring peace to know you accepted it and were ready for it. I can only try to emulate the courage, strength, and love you did throughout your life. Your musical talent is something that can't be replicated. You will be forever missed not just today, but everyday. All of your fans will continue to listen to your music and spread the love that we all should share. I need to wrap this up before I start crying like a baby. Thank you George for a wonderful life of love, spirituality, and music. On behalf of all of your fans, we love you Georgie heart

 

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minime said:

That is beautiful a-hard-days-night-ringo-5 It truly is. I'm sure George would have loved to receive a letter like that


 

Thank you, minime.

PennyLane, if you need to cry, it's okay. I've cried today. If you don't want anyone to see you, you can go to the bathroom.  Your letter is very sweet too. I can't read anybody's without tearing up either.

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
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Those were very beautiful amazing letters guys... but let's not be sad! apple01apple01

 

Remember, this life is too much for us to be sad. a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

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George... what to say...

Oh screw it, I'll just say it. This is a day I think everyone will remember.And, a little poem to George:

George, all things end

however, they ended early,

much to early for you.

 

Things should never end

by the devil's hand

but for you it is true

we shall never forget

 

We shall never forget

What is was you meant

when you wrote your songs

 

When you spoke, we listened

we care about you always.

So George

I ask you one thing:

 

How's The Food in Heaven?a-hard-days-night-george-10

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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mr. Sun king coming together said:  

How's The Food in Heaven?a-hard-days-night-george-10

Okay, THAT made me laugh. Thanks for cheering me up. apple01

you're right, mith. it's all too much. today's been bittersweet. I'm trying to remember, not mourn, which is why writing the letter helped.

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
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All this was very touching. Almost made me cry. And like someone already said, it's just so beautiful that George touched so many lifes, and some of these people didn't even get to know him. That says a lot about him... 

 

And Mr. Sun King, I loved the question! a-hard-days-night-george-10(And your poem of course!)

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