My uncle is a wonderful painter and bass guitarist. He’s also a Beatles fan of the highest order. A few days back he shared a video of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ which he believes to be George’s true masterpiece. I agreed and threw out some other Beatles-era George Harrison masterpieces for fun, including this delicious track. My uncle replied and reminded me not to forget this beautiful song I hadn't heard in a long, long, long time.
I spent the rest of my night listening solely to Beatles songs written by George. While listening to one song in particular I thought, ‘this’d be a good one to listen to when you’re trying to make sense of it all.’ And it’s included in the track list below.
Life can be pretty hectic. It’s important to step back every once in a while to try and make sense of it all. Otherwise you’ll be drowning in white noise and bullshit before you know it.
I’ve already written about songs that really lift me up. I also like listening to certain songs when the need to sit back and make sense of it all sets in. They help me cut a path through the white noise and bullshit.
We’ll have some fun with this too. After you’ve had a listen, send me a comment answering one or both of the following questions:
1) Two of the songs were released as singles shortly after the artists died tragically. Which artists and songs are they?
2) A couple of years ago I won the $25 runner-up prize at a local bar’s karaoke night for singing one of these songs! Which song did I wow that crowd and judges with?
There is a prize. That prize is hope. Yes, hope. It can be given. Here’s the proof.
So here’s some of the music that helps me make sense of it all. Enjoy. And please share the music that helps you make sense of things, too!
Within You Without You, The Beatles
Into the West, Annie Lennox
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
I’ve Got a Name, Jim Croce
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), Marvin Gaye
The Hardest Button to Button, The White Stripes
Time, Pink Floyd
Distant Dreamer, Duffy
Heading for the Light, The Travelling Wilburys
Through the Dark, KT TunstallLateralus, Tool
The colour print can be found here.