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While My Guitar Gently Weeps
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Zig
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21 August 2014 - 4.17pm

PeterWeatherby said

As I've said elsewhere on this site, I would highly recommend Simon Leng's book, While My Guitar Gently Weeps : The Music of George Harrison for anyone who wants to better understand George's spiritual journey and how that directly impacted his songwriting (not to mention what amazing contributions this "quiet Beatle" made to the group as a whole).

Thanks for the recommendation PeterWeatherby. mal-evans

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21 August 2014 - 10.23pm

Double the recommendation, its a fascinating book excellent which gives you a great insight to George. First book i read on him and made me want to read more so i am.

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22 August 2014 - 1.38am

Sucha lovely line from the Kinfauns demo:

"I look from the wings at the play you are staging

As I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging"

Such a lovely line!

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22 August 2014 - 2.07pm

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 It tugged at me the first time I heard it. Beautiful.

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22 August 2014 - 2.10pm

I first heard this in Rock Band and I really liked it. (Though I like the Anthology version better)

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22 August 2014 - 2.28pm

thisbirdhasflown said
Sucha lovely line from the Kinfauns demo:

"I look from the wings at the play you are staging

As I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging"

Such a lovely line!

I had only listened to a few songs of the Beatles and I had this (is this the Love version?) one downloaded. I listened to the song on my way to uni and was struck by the unexpected words towards the end when John says : "Dab the mic on the piano, and quite low, this, just keep it in like, maracas you know.  You know those old pianos. Okay we're on." I didnt quite get it at first and I hadn't listened to any of the Beatles normal voices or seen their interviews or googled their pictures...in short I wasn't really a fan then. That was the first time I heard John's voice and to listen to it so unexpectedly (something not common in todays songs, leaving the trails of dialogue in the beginning/end of the song- I am so happy Beatles left these gems for us) felt very surreal, although I didn't know at that time which of the Fab Four had sung it but in my heart I knew it was John. It was after this that I downloaded more songs, watched the interviews and so on.

Of course when I got to know that George had sung it, I naturally assumed the voice to be George's. Just today these words "Dab the mic..." came to my mind and I googled them to find out from here that they were actually uttered during A Day In The Life's recording (I haven't watched all of the Anthology) by John. I feel so happy to have guessed it right the first time.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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23 August 2014 - 12.20am

thisbirdhasflown said
Sucha lovely line from the Kinfauns demo:

"I look from the wings at the play you are staging

As I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging"

Such a lovely line!

Actually, the version that you're referring to that contains those lines (from Anthology 3) is Take 1 in the studio, not Kinfauns.

 

This is the Kinfauns demo:

 

The Kinfauns version does have some pretty similar lines:

"I look at the trouble and hate that is raging
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
As I'm sitting here, doing nothing but aging
Still my guitar gently weeps"

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15 October 2014 - 5.53am

Who doesn't love this song?  Now I know it's Geroge's baby….  it's his song I'm not trying to take anything away from him…  but like many Beatles tracks it's a mix of all of their talents.  I was messing around with my keyboard the other night, playing the beginning of this song, and then looked this up on Youtube:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....Q&

feature=youtu.be

 

I never realized that the piano part goes through the whole song.  There's so many elements to this song that I never noticed it before.  It's a "guitar track" for sure, but I have to give Paul credit for this piece.  It is beautiful, even on it's own.  heart

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15 October 2014 - 11.32am

From Rock Band

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15 October 2014 - 6.39pm

I never really thought about the piano after the amazing intro either until I was watching The Concert For George the other day. Paul was playing on WMGGW and it made me wonder the same thing.

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15 October 2014 - 7.29pm

Uff, I never knew there was more than the intro. I tried listening to it before and I do know it was in the first verse, but I thought it stopped after, "I don't know why..." 

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16 October 2014 - 12.27am

Mr. Kite said
I never really thought about the piano after the amazing intro either until I was watching The Concert For George the other day. Paul was playing on WMGGW and it made me wonder the same thing.

That's the first time I thought of it too!  I didn't realize what a lovely piece it was on it's own until I looked it up!  

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16 October 2014 - 2.43am

They were all 'on song' ………..galvanised by Eric's presence no doubt.

 

I wouldn't say they raised their game for this but I wonder if Eric had played on a another few tracks how he might have influenced them………I mean even Donovan's rudimentary Traverse finger-picking plays a big part in 'The White Album' and throughout 'Abbey Road'

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16 October 2014 - 10.16am

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………I mean even Donovan's rudimentary Traverse finger-picking plays a big part in 'The White Album' and throughout 'Abbey Road'

That was all John's playing although Donavan taught him the technique.  When it comes to trying to copy his style I don't find it rudimentary. :-)

Loved that piano!  I've always noticed it but it's really nice to hear it isolated like that.  The Rockband tracks rock! 

 

It sounds like it could be Paul's voice.  What do you think?  It sounds like it's really miked up for the piano part and he just sings a couple of lines of George's song on that take.  

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16 October 2014 - 10.44am

That little run up he does after the  'I don't know how..' the second time round is great.  (1.18)  I've never noticed that on the original if it's there.  I think the piano gets quite low in the mix at that point.  It would be great to hear it remixed with the piano up a bit.

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16 October 2014 - 11.55am

Too bad it was like pulling teeth to get him to play it.  a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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16 October 2014 - 5.53pm

Duke_of_Kirkcaldy said
Too bad it was like pulling teeth to get him to play it. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

For the White Album you mean?  Or the concert for George?

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18 October 2014 - 1.45pm

Good observation! The piano track sounds really good, I liked this video. This is one of the reasons I love The Beatles' songs: there are many details on their music that it's not possible to notice if you don't pay a lot of attention. 

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19 October 2014 - 2.53am

LongHairedLady said

Duke_of_Kirkcaldy said
Too bad it was like pulling teeth to get him to play it. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

For the White Album you mean?  Or the concert for George?

The original recording, of course.  It's been fairly well-documented that neither John nor Paul were taking the song seriously until George brought in Clapton... and suddenly they were on their best behavior.  ahdn_paul_01

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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy said

LongHairedLady said

Duke_of_Kirkcaldy said
Too bad it was like pulling teeth to get him to play it. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

For the White Album you mean?  Or the concert for George?

The original recording, of course.  It's been fairly well-documented that neither John nor Paul were taking the song seriously until George brought in Clapton... and suddenly they were on their best behavior.  ahdn_paul_01

"of course"?  Well pardon me for asking.  a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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