Sunday, August 14, 2011

George Harrison: The Inner Light

The two videos here represent George Harrison's most successful expression of Indian music and spirituality recorded with the Beatles.

Within You and Without You is the opening track of side 2 of the Beatle's breakthrough LP, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; the video features a few bars from one of George's other Indian songs, Love You Too, from Revolver.

The Inner Light, with lyrics taken almost word for word from John C.H. Wu's translation of the Tao Teh Ching, was side B of the Lady Madonna single.

Both of these videos are beautiful made, with footage of life India, spliced with rare footage of the Fabs, some of which this lifelong Beatle fan has never seen before.

Sometime in the future, I plan to write a blog essay about George Harrion's spirituality. In spite of moments of stumbling, George maintained a lifelong commitment to his spirituality, and as his wife Olivia said at the time of his passing, "George left the world in the same way he lived in it, in the consciousness of God."

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