Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is George Harrison’s beautiful “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”:

Cirque du soleil’s interpretation.

And here’s Carlos Santana’s lovely rendition:

When someone asks me “Who is your favorite Beatle”, I tell them the Beatles are my favorite Beatle. But deep down I know that is not true. It’s George I saw in concert. It’s George whose albums I bought. It’s George I listened to in The Traveling Wilburys with his buds, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

Sure, I listen to John when I want to let my intellectual and political side out. I listen to Paul if I go dancing. I listen to Ringo just for the fun of it. But it’s George that most appeals to me. Especially the post-Beatles George. Among my DVDs, I have the “Concert for George”, performed one year after George’s death by many of his friends including his best bud, Eric Clapton.

“While my Guitar Gently Weeps” is among my all-time Beatles favs. It tops the list that includes “Norwegian Wood”, “Help”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “You’re Gonna Lose that Girl”, “Nowhere Man”, “Michelle”, “Lady Madonna”, “Girl”, “Things We Said Today”, “I Feel Fine”, “Get Back”, “The Ballad of John and Yoko”, “A Day in the Life”, “She’s Leaving Home” and “Fool on the Hill”.

 

Uncle Bardie’s Weekly Music Pick: Jumping Jack Flash / Young Blood

It’s Thursday again. You know what that means. Uncle Bardie’s Weekly Music Pick. Uncle Bardiie gives a double thumbs up to this week’s selection. Leon Russell performing with George Harrison at the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, “Jumping Jack Flash/Young Blood:

Leon Russell can really kick butt. During the seventies, this Oklahoman gave us some unbelievable music, combining the energy of rock ‘n’ roll, soul, blue grass, gospel and blues. He could do no wrong. And in Joe Cocker, he found the perfect vehicle for his song, “Delta Lady”. As a songwriter, side musician and record producer, Leon made a steady living. But it was as a live performer that he put the WOW in wow. There was an energy to his performance that was unbelievable. As this piece of video shows. Leon is a force of nature. It was a thing of beauty to watch Leon show his chops.