Week Two: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Wrapping up week two, here are my “song interpretation” images.  The song I selected was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps“, written by George Harrison, and performed by The Beatles (go ahead, click on that link and give this song a listen while you read 🙂 ).  I’ve always loved this song, and I thought there couldn’t be a better way to fully integrate music and photography than to interpret a song about a musical instrument.  Though my images are a rather literal interpretation, I really enjoyed completing this project, and feel like this song really speaks to my relationship with my guitar, unfortunately.

A little history on the song…

It was actually almost never recorded!  How sad would that have been?  According to this Guitar World article, the other members of the Beatles didn’t particularly care for the song when George Harrison introduced it.  Along with tedious work and multiple recordings to complete the song, The Beatles added Eric Clapton to the mix for this song to play lead guitar.

Inspiration came to Harrison while reading “I Ching”, which as he explained, “the Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there’s no such thing as coincidence [a common Western belief] — every little item that’s going down has a purpose”.  He decided to write a song based on the first words of the text, and upon opening the book read the words “gently weeps”.  You can read more about that, and some of the omitted and changed verses, here.  One verse that I particularly love, and wish they would have incorporated in the song reads “I look at the trouble and see that it’s raging,While my guitar gently weeps.  As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but ageing,Still, my guitar gently weeps.”

The verses of this song really speak to me, and truthfully, have me feeling regret of the lack of motivation I’ve had in recent years to play and create music.  I’ve attempted to convey several emotions through my images.  The black and white, as well as the less saturated images, show the depression of missing something which I truly love.  Adding to the motivation issues, some pretty bad bouts of tendonitis make it nearly impossible for me to play some days, which is heart breaking.  On the other hand, as conveyed through the more saturated and vibrant images, I love my guitar, and I love music; this instrument has the capability to produce such a beautiful sound, I simply couldn’t dull all of the images and negate that.  Overall, I’ve personified the object which is my guitar, adding the tear drops, representing the regret that I have, as well as the neglect that I imagine my beloved instrument feeling.  Thankful for this week’s assignment; at least I picked up my guitar today and played a new song.

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping, while my guitar gently weeps…

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