Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Meet the Beatles- Spirituality in lyrics


While My Guitar Gently Weeps- The Spirituality of the Beatles music.

The Beatles Love- Cirque Du Soleil runs at The Mirage in Las Vegas.  Two nights ago, I was fortunate to attend. Knowing the music very well, I found it deeply moving and was enthralled with the wonderful theatrical interpretation.

Always sensing spirituality to many of the Beatles lyrics, I was drawn to the particular audio and visual performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.  This version is very melodic, haunting and emotionally charged.

"I wrote "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at my mother's house in Warrington.  I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, the Book of Changes... The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there's no such thing as coincidence - every little item that's going down has a purpose.  "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was a simple study based on that theory.  I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book - as it would be relative to that moment, at that time.  I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw 'gently weeps', then laid the book down again and started the song."
Beatles, The (2000). The Beatles anthology. Michigan: Chronicle Books. 

The particular recording was an acoustic version, originally a demo, recorded by George.  Concerned that it would not sustain in a large theater, Olivia Harrison (George Harrison’s widow), put her faith and trust in George Martin (a long time Beatle producer and friend), who remixed the track from the master, to include an original score produced for the Cirque Du Soleil show.  The results give a truly magnificent product that creates a beautifully moving piece.

Along with this touching performance, the following songs and lyrics graced the show.  How profound the Beatles evolution before a worldly audience.

There's nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy
Beatles - All You Need Is Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Love is old, love is new
Love is all, love is you
Beatles - Because Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Dear Prudence, open up your eyes
Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies
The wind is low the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Dear Prudence, won't you open up your eyes?
Beatles - Dear Prudence Lyrics | MetroLyrics

I don't know why nobody told you
How to unfold your love
I don't know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you
Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps Lyrics | MetroLyrics

In the continuation of the honoring of the Spirituality of Beatles music, Center of Spiritual Living, Capistrano Valley's Wednesday wisdom will be graced with:

Reverend Karyn & Rick Dale: The Greatest Metaphysical Hits of the Beatles. 
Tonight, Wednesday, August 14th
7 pm


Watch the following video (to the 6:00 mark) regarding the composing of While My Guitar Gently Sleeps for the Cirque du Soleil show.