Thursday, March 1, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Round 10 - G is for ...

"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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Warm Regards


  1. Three great songs to start my day with...thank you! Have a great, gently day too!

    1. Thanks Meryl. Glad you liked them. Wish you a gentle day too.

  2. I'm not familiar with the song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" However, I have always loved the Glen Campbell song "Gentle On My Mind." I haven't heard it for years Thanks for sharing it today.

    Gigi Ann ABC Wednesday Team

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I love the song too.

  3. Your post REALLY got me.
    I've been seeing Glen on news programs as he's on his last tour because of his Alzheimers. Used to watch his first show, which was a summer fill-in for the Smothers Brothers.
    Of course, LOVE the Beatles. Went to this program a week ago where a guy deconstructed several songs from the white album, including this one. George died 10 years ago last November, and I remember watching the Concert for George on TV about a year later. Played the album last month in honor of what would have been George's 69th birthday.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

    1. Thanks Roger. George and Glen must be Gentle on our minds. lol.

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    1. Thank you Diane. Truly appreciate this.


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