listeners unaquainted with George's intimate solo demo from Anthology 3
, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
must have come as a real surprise. In the context of the album, it's a perfect comedown from the previous onslaught
Nevertheless, even after doses of digital dabbling, the limitations of the original recording remained evident, and it was suggested that George Martin should provide a strings arrangement to accompany it. He was initially quite apprehensive: 'Aware of such a responsibility', as he put it.I don't know why-y-y...
As his son so rightly pointed out, 'There's no one in the world better at this kind of thing'. The subtlety of his resultant score, composed at the ripe old age of eighty, and the only new piece of music on the album, clearly demonstrated that the Fifth Beatle had lost none of his empathy for the band's music — the soft orchestral waves gently weeping around the exquisite fragility of the vocal.
When it plays in the show, I'm sure there can't be many a dry eye in the house.
Olivia Harrison was the first to express her gratitude for the way he had reincarnated George's spirit:I look, from the wings, at the play you are staging...
And, in the end, John also rejoins him from somewhere across the universe, to give a few instructions for the following track