Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
For those of you who do not know the history of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, allow me to fill you in. The two met in the mid 1960’s while Harrison was a Beatle and Clapton was in the Yardbirds. They became closer friends as the decade progressed. Clapton went on to join the band Cream in 1966, and wrote the song “Badge” with Harrison. Clapton also played lead guitar on”While My Guitar Gently Weeps” that Harrison wrote for “The White Album”. The two men stayed friends after the Beatles broke up, and Clapton played at Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh in NYC in August 1971.
While all this friendship and music was going on, Clapton began to have very strong feelings for Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd. According to her autobiography and his, along with statements he has made over the years, she spurned his advances in 1970 leading him to write many songs about her on the album, “Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs”, while he was a member of the band, Derek & The Dominos. He said it also led to his heroin addiction that he would not recover from until approximately 1973. A year later Boyd finally decided to leave Harrison because of his repeated infidelities & go to Clapton. They were married in 1979 and Harrison harbored no ill will toward the new couple and the three remained friends. Say it with me: wow.
Clapton & Boyd’s love story was short-lived, however, and the two divorced in 1989. But Boyd cemented her place in rock history as one incredible muse. She inspired Harrison to write several love songs while he was with The Beatles including “Something”, “If I Needed Someone” and “For You Blue”. Clapton wrote “Layla”, “Wonderful Tonight” and today’s song for her. Let’s say it again: wow. I love all the music included here, but Clapton’s vocal expression of romantic pain & agony in today’s song is remarkable. Plus I really adore the song’s title, which Clapton said came from Boyd asking him to buy a certain pair of blue jeans for her from America when he went there for a tour. Whether you like Clapton or not, you have to admit it is one hell of a story. And he is one hell of a musician. Wait, how could you NOT like Clapton???
“Bell bottom blues, you made me cry
I don’t want to lose this feeling
And if I could choose a place to die
It would be in your arms“.
Top: Derek & The Dominos ((L–R: Jim Gordon (drums), Carl Radle (bass), Bobby Whitlock (keyboards & vocals) & Eric Clapton (guitar & vocals). Bottom: Clapton circa 1975. Right: Pattie Boyd & George Harrison circa 1966. (Images found online. Original sources unknown.)
Derek and the Dominos: “Bell Bottom Blues” (1970, written by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock).
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