Hubby just bought another guitar. That would make it the eighth guitar in the house. It’s a bit hazardous vacuuming his study, what with the guitar stands, hand drums and three didgeridoos toppling over. The solution is to not vacuum. All of which is my way of introducing a song.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was written by George Harrison and released in 1968 on the The Beatles White Album.
The song (was) as a comment(-ary) on the disharmony within the Beatles following their return from … India early 1968. This lack of camaraderie was reflected in the band’s initial apathy towards the composition, which Harrison countered by inviting his friend … Eric Clapton, to contribute to the recording. Clapton overdubbed a lead guitar part, although he was not formally credited for his contribution.“While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Wikipedia. 21 August 2020
It’s not an indicator of age to say I honestly don’t remember the song when it was first released. I was around but listening to a totally different genre of music. The first time I actually heard the song was in the video below. I liked the acoustic version and was captivated by the live action capture and visualization.
Even more memorable was the version used in the animated movie KUBO and the Two Strings. I loved the shamisen adaptation. The Japanese shamisen is a traditional instrument originally played by blind beggars for food or cash. In the movie, the lead character Kubo is a partially blind boy who tells stories and performs magic with his shamisen. It is a splendid movie with fantastic imagery and awesome music. My embedded video features movie highlights but if you’re keen on hearing a shamisen featured version, check out the Yoshido Brothers’ here.
My absolute favorite version is played by Santana, featuring India.Arie and Yo-Yo Ma. No words. Just listen.
I keep hoping that one day Hubby will play like Santana. Of course, that will happen when I can sing like India Arie … which is not to say never but pretty darn close.
Toronto, Canada. August 2020