Martin Luther – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
It’s amazing how unscripted good art can be.
In a world of information overload, where a simple Google search on “songwriting” pulls up over 2 million responses, the true artistry and craftsmanship of songwriting begins in a natural, beautiful place.
Don’t get me wrong, art needs technique – to a certain extent. However, when technique begins filter and regulate the creative process from beginning to end, well, then suddenly, creating art becomes “manufacturing product”.
What am I babbling about? OK, an example. The Beatles double album (known as “The White Album”) contained the enchanting lyric and melody of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. It is documented that George Harrison began writing this song after choosing to create a song based on the first two words of a randomly opened book. Those words were “Gently weeps”.
To help us see the true beauty of the lyric and melody, we call upon Rebel Soul Brother Martin Luther. In the 2007 film production of “Across the Universe”, Martin Luther played a Jimi Hendrix-esque character by the name of Jo-Jo. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was Jo-Jo’s solo.
Martin Luther exemplifies the laid back, honest nature of true artistry. And I suppose that’s the point of my ranting. “Radio Single”, “Branding” and “Marketing” are necessary terms…but need to separated from the artistic process. Let your heart speak first. Relax. Have fun. Create. Never allow the mental critic (or the guys in suits) to hinder the love.