Concert for Bangladesh

I’ve been in a total George Harrison mood these past few days, and as a result I put the Concert for Bangladesh on my Netflix, only to realize today that I actually own it, haha. It was hidden away in my closet, this really nice DVD box set with a poster and sticker and postcards and everything. So of course I had to watch it right away. :)

This was the first real benefit concert of its kind (it was 1971). George arranged the whole thing and it includes Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, and Ringo Starr, to name a few. One of my favorite numbers was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” with a guitar-duet by Eric and George at the end (I found out later that Eric was completely out of his head during this performance):

Also, a really amazing performance by Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan (the last couple minutes, around 18:00, are incredible!):

More about the concert.

"don’t YOU want to play a pirate?"

Thanks to the neverending supply of entertainment provided by YouTube, I ended up watching lots of George Harrison tonight, and forgot just how funny some of his solo stuff was. In addition to making some hilarious music videos, he also made appearances on SNL and various Monty Python programs, including this one:

I’m not sure if there is anything better than George Harrison playing a one-legged pirate. But some of the aforementioned hilarious music videos come close:
Crackerbox Palace – This has always been one of my favorites. SO random.
This Song – This song (hah) was written after George was sued for unintentionally copying the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine”. Whatev…at least a funny song came out of it.
When We Was Fab – Love the Beatles references in this one (also includes Ringo and Jeff Lynne), but it’s borderline creepy. Too many arms!
Got My Mind Set On You – Really unexpected part in the middle = WIN. Also, this song is insanely catchy. Supplementary picture thanks to GraphJam:

Yes there’s no doubt about it, George was by far the coolest Beatle.

the beatles in the studio

Today while walking back from campus (I went to see my friend Veronica play at Worldstock, check her out cuz she’s awesome!), I was listening to my ipod and the George Harrison song “Someplace Else” came on, immediately followed by a very early Beatles version of “Young Blood” (also sung by George). It amused me. His voice came a looooong way, haha.

Also something I’ve been meaning to mention…this recording engineering class I’m taking is reallllly opening my eyes to all the amazing facets of the studio. This class – if you can believe it – has given me an even greater respect for the Beatles, especially as a studio band. They were revolutionary in so many ways (writing their own stuff, stadium concerts, music videos, concept albums, psychedelia) but I think their greatest impact on the music world was their studio work. It’s just mind-blowing how they could get such new and awesome sounds from magnetic tape and 4 measly tracks. Of course, major props to George Martin, without whom the Beatles’ sound just wouldn’t be the same. I remember him saying something about the boys just bringing in bits of tape with random sounds that they had recorded, and then literally taping them together and looping them through the reels to create, for example, the ending of “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite.” I mean, who did that?? No one, before the Beatles. They experimented with all sorts of sounds and mic placements and studio musicians…it’s just incredible.

While doing a bit of googling around on this subject, I came across this. HOLY EFF it looks amazing. A year ago this wouldn’t have interested me at all. Now it looks like the most fascinating thing in the world.

For our final project, we’re recording a cover of Lady Madonna. I’m playing piano, fun times. :)

This is me not studying

You know that Top 5 ___ thing on Facebook? I was getting so annoyed by people posting those and having them show up on my news feed, but then I did one and found myself addicted to them. Some of the ones I did include Top 5 Album Covers, Top 5 Cereal Brands, and Top 5 Stadiums/Arenas, but this one’s the most picture worthy:

Top 5 Celebrity Crushes

George Harrison

Gregory Peck

Buster Keaton

Gene Kelly

Charles “Buddy” Rogers

I know, all five of my celebrity crushes are dead. :( There’s just no one comparable these days!

I also really wanted to include:

Charlie Chaplin


Mike Nesmith

but I couldn’t find their pictures when I searched. Apparently no one on Facebook agrees with me!! :P

stuck inside a cloud

If you thought I forgot about George Day, you are wrong.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you are also wrong.

Unfortunately (maybe) for you, I’ve attempted to give up YouTube for Lent. (Don’t laugh! It’s totally legit; I spend so much unnecessary time on that site, haha.) So you won’t be seeing many videos on here, unless they’re ones I’ve already seen and can post without watching again, haha.

Anyway, here is a small pictorial tribute to my favorite Beatle, George Harrison. He would’ve been 66 today.

While browsing all the picspams on Beatlepics, I found two I hadn’t seen before and thought they were cute:

Nice shirt, George.

I reeeeally wish I could post a video, haha. My YouTube addiction is ridiculous.

Wonderful Tonight

So I started reading Pattie Boyd’s autobiography at the end of summer, and have just picked it up again (it’s at the part where she marries Eric Clapton). For some reason, regular biographies bore me, but I really enjoy reading autobiographies and memoirs. It doesn’t have to be about a celebrity either; I just love to read about people’s own experiences and the way in which they remember them. In the case of this book, there are a lot of crazy stories about the 60s and later Eric’s alcohol/drug problems, but there are also a lot of funny little anecdotes that are a reminder that these famous rock stars are just like the rest of us. Take, for instance:

We had a lot of visitors, including Ronnie and Krissie Wood, and Mick Jagger. One morning when I came down in the morning to make tea, Krissie said “shh”…I crept into the kitchen and there was Mick, up to his elbows in soap suds, washing the dishes from the night before…

[and in reference to a trip to Tahiti in 1964]
We had so much fun – it felt as though we did nothing but laugh. On one of the islands, John and George borrowed our black wigs, dressed up in some oilskin macs they had bought in Papeete, and made a funny little 8-millimeter film about a missionary – John – who comes out of the ocean to convert the natives.
Haha, I always wondered what the context of this picture was:

In case you didn’t know, Pattie Boyd was married to George Harrison and then left him for Eric Clapton, George’s best friend. A little messed up on all accounts, but somehow they remained friends, haha. I found a relevant pic on Classic Rock Macros:

For the record, I think George was by far the better husband, but if Eric hadn’t been so obsessed with Pattie, two of my favorite Clapton songs (“Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight”) wouldn’t have been written. So let’s hear it for awkward love triangles!

EDIT: Ahhhhhhhhh I am near the end of the book and these parts were heartwrenching:

George and I didn’t speak on the phone much, but we saw each other from time to time. He had become almost an older brother to me, someone with whom I felt entirely comfortable and to whom I could say anything. Every now and again he would send a little present – a tree for the garden or an ornament…

I heard about George’s death from Alan Rogan, who rang me early in the morning at Rod’s flat. I burst into tears, I felt completely bereft. I couldn’t bear the thought of a world without George. When I left him for Eric, he had said that if things didn’t work out, ever, I could always come to him and he would look after me. It was such a selfless, loving, generous thing to say and it had always been tucked away at the back of my mind…You never know with grief how long it will last, but I think I’ll miss him for the rest of my life.