Showing posts with label Dhani Harrison. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dhani Harrison. Show all posts

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Watch: Dhani Harrison sing "The Inner Light" Challenge for COVID-19 relief fund

George Harrison's son Dhani sings the Beatles' "The Inner Light" to kick-off a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief.

Fans are invited to post their own videos of themselves singing the song and using the hashtag #innerlight2020.

More info via the Harrison Family's Material World Foundation:
The Material World Foundation, created by George Harrison in 1973, is today donating $500,000 to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, Save the Children, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) charities, which are providing much needed aid and care during this COVID-19 pandemic. 
“Without going out of my door, I can know all things on earth.Without looking out of my window, I can know the ways of heaven." 
 Olivia Harrison said, "These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine or respecting the request to shelter in place. Let’s get and stay connected at this difficult time.  There are things we can do to help and we invite you to share your Inner Light.” 
THE INNER LIGHT CHALLENGEMaterial World Foundation will donate another $1 (up to $100,000) for every one of you who shares their own "Inner Light" moment on social media using the hashtag #innerlight2020 
This can be a verse, a chorus or a line from the song. Sing it, play it, hum it, strum it, paint it, knit it, chant it, plant it, pray or meditate and post it to social media. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dhani Harrison raves about Peter Jackson's "The Beatles: Get Back"

See any fillings?
Dhani Harrison, George's son, got a peek at Peter Jackson's upcoming documentary of the Beatles' "Let it Be" project and has good things to say in Rolling Stone:
“It’s so ridiculously amazing looking — I could see John Lennon’s fillings,” Harrison said. “I emailed Peter yesterday and said, ‘This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.'”
As we reported yesterday, the film, titled "The Beatles: Get Back," is set for theatrical release Sept. 4. A re-release of the original "Let it Be" film also is planned, but no date or format has been announced.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Friday, July 29, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundujp

Entertainment Tonight spoke with Ron Howard about his new Beatles touring years documentary, "Eight Days a Week" documentary which airs on Hulu in September.
The film traces John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from 1962-1966 during the years that they became a phenomenon. Howard was a kid at the time, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, and he (like everyone else) found himself swept up in Beatlemania.
"For my 10th birthday what I wanted was Beatle boots and a Beatle wig," Howard said. "My parents couldn't find Beatle boots, but down at the dime store, Woolworths or someplace, they found a Beatle wig!"

Billboard reports Olivia Harrison is open to an archive project collecting some of George's unreleased work, possibly with son Dhani finishing some songs still in the vault. That's about all the detail she's offering at the moment, however.
Harrison said she and Dhani Harrison, her 37-year-old musician son with George Harrison, have talked about him finishing some unreleased tracks that her late husband left behind. “There are a lot of songs that are unfinished,” she said. “I think there’s a project there. I just need time to get to it.”
Fans have been hankering for a sequel to 2012's Early Takes Vol. 1, which collecting 10 Harrison session outtakes and demos in excellent sound.

In the same Billboard piece, Yoko Ono mentions she hoped to release around 10 songs on a new LP soon. Her bout with the flu earlier this year, which garnered a lot of press and generated dark rumors about her health, delayed work on the project until recently, she said.
“That derailed the whole situation,” she said. Ono explained that “everything in my body is OK now, except I have a problem walking,” adding, “I want to be a little more normal” before turning her attention back to the record.

The Liverpool Echo posted a video of Pattie Boyd talking about her Beatles Story photo exhibition featuring images of ex-husbands George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

The exhibit also includes some of Boyd's clothing worn during the 1960s, including an outfit created by the design collective The Fool, which provide clothing to the Beatles' Apple Boutique store in London.

A St. Louis newspaper has a nice profile of Sara Schmidt, who runs the excellent Meet the Beatles for Real blog, who has just released a book about the Beatles' appearances in her home city.


Beatles friend Klaus Voormann discusses his new graphic novel, which recounts how he designed the cover to the band's Revolver LP 50 years ago.
“So the band all asked me to come down to Abbey Road Studios. This was when they had recorded about two-thirds of the tracks for that album. When I heard the music, I was just shocked, it was so great. So amazing. But it was frightening because the last song that they played to me was Tomorrow Never Knows.”

A 1956 Austin Princess hearse once owned by John Lennon is going up for auction.
A defining feature of the car is its five aeroplane seats, which were added by John and are still in the car today.

The buyer will also receive the original vehicle registration and title document, complete with John’s signature from the original purchase.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news update

This article, about Sgt. Pepper cover artist Peter Blake designing a new print for the Liverpool Biennial art festival, contains an interesting anecdote about original Beatle Stu Sutcliffe.
Dartford-born Blake's connection with Liverpool dates back to 1961 when he won the John Moores junior art award, beating John Lennon's friend and former Beatles bass player Stuart Sutcliffe.
Sir Peter said: "On my first meeting with John [Lennon] the subject of art came up and he muttered, 'Stuart should have got that prize, not you'. They were the first words he ever said to me."


Such a rebel: John Lennon's childhood stamp collection is going on display this spring in New York.
According to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum — which first housed Lennon’s stamps in 2005 — the budding musician began collecting stamps after his older cousin, Stanley Parkes, gifted him a partially filled in album. Over the years, Lennon filled the book with stamps taken from letters sent from the United States and New Zealand.

When the National Postal Museum first purchased Lennon’s “lost album,” late curator Wilson Hulme did note to Smithsonian Magazine that the collection did not boast any notable stamps. “Typically, young boys aren’t interested in rarity,” he said. “They tend to concentrate on geography and colors. If they come back to collecting when they have more time and money, that’s when collections become exceptional.”

Still, the album does offer a unique insight into Lennon’s childhood, and perhaps his budding wanderlust and creativity: The book’s title page features a reprinted stamp emblazoned with Queen Victoria and King George VI — on their likenesses, Lennon doodled a mustache and beard, respectively.


After opening to tourists a few months ago, the ashram in Rishikesh, India, where the Beatles studied Transcendental Meditation has been closed to visitors again. Concern over disrupting the area's tiger habitat lad to authorities turning tourists away.
Forest authorities said the ashram, situated in the core Gohri range of Rajaji tiger reserve, has around eight tigers and a healthy population of leopards, black bear, cobras, etc, and too many visitors would disturb the wildlife here. Earlier, the National Tiger Conservation Authority and Supreme Court, too, had endorsed holding zero tourist or commercial activity in core tiger habitats.

A small village in the Ukraine has named a street for John Lennon.
Surprisingly, it's not the first time John Lennon's name has been used in Ukraine's decommunization drive. Last month, local government chiefs decided to use ‘John Lennon Square' instead of ‘Soviet Square' in the town of Izyum, Kharkiv region.

Friend-of-Macca Dave Grohl performed a cover of the Beatles' "Blackbird" as backdrop to the "in memorium" portion of this year's Academy Awards ceremony.


After Paul McCartney was reportedly barred from entering his Grammy Awards after-party, Tyga is making nice - appearing recently sporting a Macca t-shirt. Tyga said he had no idea Paul had been turned away by security men, who evidently didn't recognize the former Beatle.
“I wish I knew that he was outside. I would’ve went out there with the mic, brought him in, perform ‘Rack City’ with me.”

Dhani Harrison chats to NPR about Georgefest and growing up as the son of a Beatle.
How great to grow up in an ecosystem where music is naturally part of your everyday life. You come down for tea, and maybe Jeff Lynne or Eric Clapton is in the kitchen.
And also, it offers you a different perspective on life to have these people around the house. It made going to school easier, because you wouldn't take yourself so seriously. You'd come home and Bob Dylan would be there or something.

Yoko Ono caused some alarm when she was suddenly hospitalized last weekend. Early reports speculated she'd had a stroke, yet it was later announced she'd had a fever and severe dehydration. She was soon released to recover at home.

On his Twitter account, Sean Ono Lennon clarified that the only stroke his mom had "was a stroke of genius."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"I just play what's left" - George Harrison's guitar style

Pitchfork today has a nice meditation on George Harrison's approach to playing guitar and what makes it so unique. Got me thinking a little, too, about my thoughts on the matter.

George wasn't a flashy player and didn't have, or profess to have, the technique of some of his 1960s peers. But he had a melodic approach to fills and leads that always served the song. Generally, that means keeping things simple, staying out of the way and not showing off. We know from reading Geoff Emerick and others that Harrison's solos didn't come easily. They were crafted slowly and sometimes painfully - Emerick mentions being annoyed by this.

But the results were always worthwhile, to the degree that when you sing along with a Beatles tune, you often keep singing when the solos come in - they stick in your memory, just like the rest of the melody, and are an intrinsic part of the song. Some Lennon and McCartney tunes should be Lennon-McCartney-Harrison tunes because the solos are such a part of the music.

And George did have chops. Listen to the soaring leads on "Something" and they tricky, rockabilly high-wire act solo in "A Hard Day's Night." Yes, I know those were recorded at half-speed because they were so hard for George to nail, but the construction of the solo and the imagination behind it are remarkable. I'm not much of a guitarist, but I'm proud to say I can play that lick and I'm impressed by Harrison's composition skills every time.

Nice quote from George's son Dhani from the Pitchfork piece:
“My father once said to me, ‘I play the notes you never hear,’” he remembers. “He focused on touch and control partly because he never thought he was any good, really.
He knew he was good at smaller things: not hitting any off notes, not making strings buzz, not playing anything that would jar you.
‘Everyone else has played all the other bullshit,’ he would say. ‘I just play what's left.’”

Thursday, September 25, 2014