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while my guitar gently weeps

02/04/11 2 Comments

i have a lowkey crush on guitars.  maybe it’s cause they weren’t that much of a staple in my hiphop-laden childhood, but my ears perk up around them like pets at dinner time.  one of the showcase tracks for the instrument is “while my heart gently weeps” by the beatles.  written by george harrison and originally featuring eric clapton on lead guitar, the song has been covered by a number of artists including carlos santana (pictured above at woodstock).  i just caught his version featuring the effortless india.arie and famed cellist yo-yo ma a couple days ago and i’ve had it on repeat ever since.  you can compare it to the original below.

Santana – While My Guitar Gently Weeps f/ India.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma (2010)

Related:  The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)

Bonus:  Wu-Tang – My Heart Gently Weeps (2007).  considered more of an interpolation than a straight cover.  it features the vocal stylings of raekwon, ghostface, method man and erykah badu with former chili pepper john frusciante and george’s son dhani on guitar.

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