Oh, George. My first crush. I was three years old when I fell in love with George Harrison, and he’s the one true celebrity crush that endured all these many years. I still can’t talk about his death of lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58. Too tragic and too early. George was just so beautiful and his songs with the Beatles were always my favorites. The sound of his guitar; his minor-key melodies, hisvoice, captured my heart in 1964.
A lovely example is “If I Needed Someone” from the Rubber Soul album.
It took me all day to get this post up. I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I just have a difficult time writing about certain people or topics…and I realize that makes NO sense whatsoever. None. I can think about it, but I cannot get my brain to connect to my fingers. I wish I had a patch cord from my brain. That would be far more efficient.
In the meantime, I give to you (again?) one of my favorite tributes to George, with quite possibly one of the best guitar solos ever–by Prince.
You are missed everyday, dear George. We have your and Olivia’s wonderful Dhani.
Thank you for leaving a glorious legacy in your son…he’s a blessing.
I have this weird tic. Certain sounds make me cry. Like the too-loud roar of a Harley, a plane engine up close…that kind of thing. Other times it can be certain notes of a song. I’ve never studied music or music theory, but I believe they are minor-key songs that occasionally cause the same reaction. I feel a sharp ache in my chest, and I cry. Any armchair psychiatrists out there are welcome to explain this phenomena to me, because I can’t figure it out.
So. After all that purging, I have a song for you. It’s the latest by Dhani Harrison’s band thenewno2 called Never Too Late from the film Beautiful Creatures. Dhani’s familiar voice combined with the slow build-up to the sweeping orchestral crescendo brought me to tears.
As young Dhani Harrison tagged along with his father George, Abbey Road Studios became a constant presence in his life. But although Harrison has long been familiar with the legendary studio, he had never recorded there. So when his group thenewno2 were tapped to score Beautiful Creatures, Harrison and bandmates Paul Hicks and Jonathan Sadoff ventured to Abbey Road for an experience full of firsts.
“I spent my whole life in and out of Abbey Road. Paul really spent a lot of his life there, 12 years mixing and engineering,” Harrison tells Rolling Stone. “Recording at Abbey Road was emotional: My first time recording there, my first time hearing something we composed for an orchestra of that size and my first major Hollywood film soundtrack.” But Harrison didn’t let the weight of the experience damper his creative vision, tapping guests like Ben Harper, the Duke Spirit’s Leila Moss and Paul’s father Tony (of the Hollies) for the project while staging grandiose arrangements. “I was able to put a 54-piece orchestra in Studio 2, which is really weird,” he said. “It’s where my dad spent a lot of his formative years, as well as Paul’s dad, who recorded in Studio 1.”
The Beautiful Creatures soundtrack is out February 12th. Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th.
What do you guys think? I don’t expect you to be tear-stained like I am…but it’s beautiful and haunting, isn’t it?