May All Be Happy

Ravi Shankar “Sarve Shaam” (Official Lyric/Mantra Video)

Give yourself five minutes to enrich your spirit.

Om

Taken from Chants of India by Ravi Shankar, produced by George Harrison and released on HariSongs.

 

Harisongs, Chants of India

The year was 1972, I began attending the University of New Haven. My first class was Intro to Music held on the basement floor of the main building.

I walked in and chose a place to sit. Sitting in front of me was the music professor, barefoot, cross-legged on the rug. He had an Indian sitar on his lap. When we were all assembled, he said not a word as he began to play this marvelous instrument. I soon felt a wonderful sense of peace. I decided at that moment to minor in music at UNH. I later took a course on the music and culture of India. I learned about ragas and the tintal beat (16 beats actually in a rhythmic cycle).

Little did I realize how influential that time would become in the spirituality and the healing power of my soul.

George Harrison introduced us to Ravi Shankar through his recordings and at The Concert for Bangladesh. Their friendship has come full circle. I miss them both.

I first saw a Facebook post shared by Dhani Harrison about Harisongs. It led me to the George Harrison estate. Why don’t I let George Harrison and Ravi Shankar tell you more, Namaste’.

The George Harrison estate is happy to announce HariSongs, a new label created to celebrate the Indian classical music George loved and believed would “help as a balance towards a peaceful daily life.” HariSongs launches today with two reissues in honour of both Ravi Shankar’s birthday (b. 7th April, 1920) and Ali Akbar Khan’s birthday (b. 14th April, 1922) this month.

Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan’s In Concert 1972, and Ravi Shankar’s Chants of India, are now available for the first time via streaming outlets, as well as to download.

In Concert 1972

Then after I posted this article this morning I got an email from George Harrison titled, “Proudly announcing HariSongs”. I loved the picture it contained as well as these words from George.

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A Statement By George Harrison 

In 1966, through the grace of God, my life was blessed and enhanced from the sudden desire to investigate the classical music of India. Although intellectually, I could not comprehend it – the music, (which happened to be Ravi Shankar and the sitar) made more sense to me than anything I had heard in my life. When I read Ravi saying he felt he had only started, I was overwhelmed, humbled and encouraged to try and understand the music and the man much more. Miraculously I met Ravi Shankar and felt an even greater attraction to him, the music and later the tradition and self-discipline of India, without which, my life would be empty and pointless. In 1966 I heard music which had been written by Ravi Shankar some years before (Nava Rasa Ranga). It was performed by Ravi, along with some other musicians, for All India Radio. Until then I had not heard Indian classical music in any form other than solos or duets, and the beauty has haunted me for the past eight years and still haunts me today. I hope this Music may help a little, to nurture the wealth of the West. God only knows. – George Harrison, 1973

“Bobfest”, Bob Dylan – 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Deluxe Edition

Madison Square Garden proves once again why it is the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. Twenty-two years ago on October 16, 1992, New York City’s hottest concert ticket was the assemblage of musical friends at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first Columbia Records album.

Columbia Records and Legacy Recording, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition in three configurations (2CD2DVDBlu-ray Disc) on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

It is so heartwarming to see George Harrison performing in the spot with Dylan that gave us The Concert for Bangladesh. I also see that the late Richie Havens sings “Just Like A Woman”. There is a version of “It Ain’t Me Babe” by June Carter Cash/Johnny Cash. The Band appears and does “When I Paint My Masterpiece“. Plus so many other great artists played Dylan classics that night. This is a righteous, must have music video 🙂

For the song listing of artists performing and more, go here: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/news/bob-dylan-30th-anniversary-concert-celebration-deluxe-edition-released-first-time-dvd-blu-ray

 

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50 Years Ago Today, The Beatles Invade America!

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It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles arrived on our shores at JFK International Airport in New York City. It was a very exciting day for us Beatles fans. I listened to the JFK arrival and infamous press conference on my transistor radio in my Junior High Science class, thankful that my Science teacher was hard of hearing 😉

The Fest for Beatles Fans 50th Anniversary Event starts today and runs through Sunday evening February 9th.

JFK Salute The Moment

Today two bus loads of Fest Beatles Fans will be driven to JFK Airport to honor the Beatles arrival. Here is a picture of one of the two bus participants. It looks like fun 🙂

We Love You Beatles, Yes We Do…Oh Beatles We Love You”

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If Not For You – Bob Dylan/George Harrison

Bob Dylan and George Harrison became close friends recording and performing together in 1970 and 1971.

After work on Self Portrait was virtually completed, Dylan held more sessions at Columbia’s recording studios in the Columbia Studio Building at 49 East 52nd Street in New York, beginning May 1, 1970.[1][2] Held in Studio B, the first session was accompanied by George Harrison, bassist Charlie Daniels, and drummer Russ Kunkel.

I thought this was a beautiful expression by Bob Dylan about his friend George Harrison.

He was a giant, a great, great soul, with all the humanity, all the wit and humor, all the wisdom, the spirituality, the common sense of a man and compassion for people. He inspired love and had the strength of a hundred men. He was like the sun, the flowers and the moon and we shall miss him enormously. The world is a profoundly emptier place without him. ~Bob Dylan (George Harrison’s Obituary, 30 Nov 2001)

* If Not For You *
(Bob Dylan)

If not for you
Babe I couldn’t even find the door
I couldn’t even see the floor
I’d be sad and blue if not for you

If not for you
Babe the night would see me wide awake
The day would surely have to break
It would not be new if not for you

If not for you my sky would fall
Rain would gather too
Without your love I’d be nowhere at all
I’d be lost if not for you

If not for you
The winter would hold no spring
Couldn’t hear a robin sing
I just wouldn’t have a clue if not for you

If not for you my sky would fall
Rain would gather too
Without your love I’d be nowhere at all
I’d be lost if not for you

If not for you
The winter would hold no spring
Couldn’t hear a robin sing
I just wouldn’t have a clue if not for you

If not for you