"Gentle" was an easy selection this week ...
Gentle on my mind - Glen Campbell
Was written by John Hartford. He was inspired to write this song after watching the movie "Doctor Zhivago" and penned it down in 15 minutes.
It won 2 Grammy awards in 1968. Glen Campbell won the Best Country and Western Solo Vocal Performance for his version of "Gentle on my mind".
"Gentle on my mind" is one of my favourite songs. I love the lyrics and each time I hear this song, it takes me back to my school days.
I chose Glen Campbell's version for 2 reasons - G for Glen and also because this was the version I first heard.
Youtube - Gentle on my mind
While my guitar gently weeps - The Beatles
Was written by George Harrison and recorded by The Beatles in 1968 for the record "The White Album".
It was ranked 136 on the Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", 7 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of all time and 10 on their list of The Beatles 100 Greatest Song.
Harrison wrote this song at his mother's house while he was thinking about the I-Ching. The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be and that there are no coincidences - everything has a purpose. "While my guitar gently weeps" was a simple study based on that theory. He decided to write a song based on the first thing he saw upon opening any book as it would be relative to that moment. "Gently weeps" were the words he saw.
Youtube - While my guitar gently weeps - The Beatles
On 29 November 2002, The Concert for George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London as a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death. It was organised by his widow Olivia and son Dhani and the music was arranged by Eric Clapton and Jeff Lynn. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr also took part in the event.
Here is the song as sung at the concert. It sounds awesome.
Youtube -Concert for George
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