Tunes Du Jour Presents George Harrison

George Harrison, the lead guitarist of the legendary band The Beatles, left an indelible mark on the world of music and philanthropy. Born on February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, England, Harrison’s creative genius extended far beyond his iconic slide guitar playing. Let’s delve into his remarkable contributions and the profound impact he had on both the music industry and humanitarian causes.

While John Lennon and Paul McCartney often took center stage, George Harrison’s quiet brilliance elevated The Beatles’ sound. His compositions, such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Here Comes the Sun,” showcased his ability to blend intricate melodies with soulful lyrics. Harrison’s solo debut album, All Things Must Pass, remains a timeless masterpiece, earning its place on many lists of the 100 best albums ever recorded.

George Harrison’s commitment to making the world a better place was unwavering. In 1971, he organized the groundbreaking Concert for Bangladesh, a multi-artist benefit event that raised funds for refugees displaced by war and famine. The concert featured luminaries like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Ravi Shankar, emphasizing music’s power to effect change.

Harrison’s philanthropic efforts extended beyond charity concerts. He established the Material World Charitable Foundation in 1973, supporting diverse artistic expressions and alternative life views. His passion for peace and social justice resonated through his music and actions. As the first Western musician to explore Eastern spirituality, he bridged cultural gaps and introduced Indian sounds to the world.

Harrison’s fascination with Indian culture blossomed during the filming of Help! (1965), a quirky movie that playfully parodied cultural norms. Amidst the irreverence, he discovered India through a sitar played by one of the film’s Indian musicians. This encounter ignited his lifelong love affair with Indian music and philosophy. The sitar-infused tracks like “Within You Without You” and “The Inner Light” stand as testament to his cross-cultural exploration.

George Harrison’s legacy extends far beyond his guitar strings. His commitment to spiritual harmony continues to inspire generations. As we listen to his timeless tunes, let’s remember the man who not only shaped musical history but also championed a better world—one note at a time. 🎵🌍

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 2-12-24

I keep forgettin’ why I walked in this room
I keep forgettin’ where it was that I parked my car
I keep forgettin’ my Wifi password
I keep forgettin’ where my phone is, oh it’s in my hand

I keep forgettin’ what day of the week it is
I keep forgettin’ if turned the oven off or not
I keep forgettin’ if I fed those damn cats
I keep forgetin’ that I don’t have any cats to feed

I keep forgettin’ to schedule a haircut
I keep forgettin’ the last place I put my keys down
I keep forgettin’ my apartment doesn’t clean itself
I keep forgettin’ something else about some other thing

I haven’t forgotten that Michael McDonald was born on this date in 1952. You can hear him on a few songs on today’s playlist.

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Throwback Thursday: 1996

When first presented with his brother Noel’s composition “Wonderwall,” Oasis’ usual lead singer Liam Gallagher didn’t care for it. Of course, the song became a worldwide smash. Did Liam come around? In 2008 he told MTV News “I can’t fucking stand that fucking song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag.” Guess not. What about Noel, the song’s writer? He must like it, right? Here is what he said: “Outside of England, it’s the one song we’re famous for all over the world, and it annoys the fuck out of me. It’s not a fucking rock’n’roll tune. There’s quite a vulnerable statement to it. When people come up to me and say it’s one of the greatest tunes ever written, I think, ‘fucking hell, have you heard “Live Forever”?’”

Oasis’ “Wonderwall” is one of the 1996 songs on today’s Throwback Thursday playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 8-12-23

I’m generally not one for guitar solos, but Mark Knopfler’s work on this record, particularly starting at around the 4:50 mark, coupled with the main riff, sends me every time.

Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler was born on this date in 1949. Some of his band’s best work is included on today’s playlist.

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