New Online Treasures For George Harrison Fans

This week Dhani Harrison launched a nifty little website for his father’s music called The George Harrison Jukebox. It takes one or two songs from each of Harrison’s eleven albums, provides the Spotify link, and adds either George or Dhani’s comments about each song. It’s a great way to spend an hour.

I can’t remember the last time I heard anything from Harrison’s 1968 instrumental album Wonderwall, but the two tracks presented here blew my mind: “Ski-ing”, a collaboration with Eric Clapton, and “On The Bed”, a collaboration with Ringo. Dhani’s remarks about the two tracks are personal and very nice. There are all kinds of highlights on this site, I loved George’s comments about the beautiful 1979 track “Blow Away”, it’s just so him:

I was sitting in the garden in a hut looking at the water as it was pouring with rain. We were having leaks in the house because some drain had blocked and I’d gone out in my hat and raincoat and was down there in the hut getting away from it all. The problems start when you get attached to the problems! That’s when the mind gets involved in too much thinking of whether one is supposed to go here, or do this or that; you know – the bullshit.

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I was feeling rotten, a bit ratty; not feeling good in myself, and it was all getting next to me. It is remembering again that that isn’t me. Remember what the masters say, ‘I am basically a potentially divine, wonderful human being,’ and all this rattiness or not feeling good is me attaching myself to the mind. The biggest thing that screws us up in life is the mind, it plays tricks on us and can trip you over.

I thought, ‘I don’t have to feel all this! I do love everybody,’ and that is really all you’ve got to do, manifest your love. The only thing we really have to work at in this life is how to manifest love.

All I’ve got to do is love you
All I’ve got to be, to be happy

And that was ‘Blow Away’, as simple as that. I came in, found the chords to the tune that came into my head and then some time later wrote the verse. But then I thought that the tune was so obvious somehow. I got a bit embarrassed by it and didn’t want to play it to anybody. But when I recorded it I actually liked it more.

Here’s another site George Harrison fans should know about. In the past few months his people have uploaded high quality audio and some restored promo films to the George Harrison VEVO site on YouTube, and it is fantastic. It’s got interviews, live performances and some album tracks all in HD. Don’t miss the “What Is Life” video contest winner featuring a young dancer, it is extraordinary. And it is so great to see clean and clear copies of George’s strange and offbeat promo videos like “This Song” and “When We Was Fab”.

It’s easy for a George Harrison fan to spend an hour or more at this site too. Don’t let your mind tell you not to do it.

Photo credit: David Hume Kennerly [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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