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    Since no one has mentioned the death of George Harrison, let me be the first.

    Whether or not you are a fan of the Beatles, or too young to remember them, or perhaps too old to remember them, it is my opinion that you would not be posting messages on this board if the Beatles hadn't existed. Their influence and their music changed the world in too many ways to mention. Even those of you who are not Beatles fans can thank them for inspiring the other musicians that you do enjoy. That goes for Ringo, as well. Would so many of your favorite drummers exist today if there hadn't been a Ringo? I don't think so, but again, that's my opinion.

    The death of George Harrison saddens me for two reasons. The first is because one of the original forces in Rock and Roll music will no longer be adding anything new to his legacy. As musicians we have much to thank him for. The second is because we all lost someone who tried to make the world a better place, both with his music as well as his charity. Again, we owe him thanks.
    Ron

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    Nicely said.

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    • #3
      I'm not a Beatles fan, and in general think they are overrated, and I think certainly there would still be rock music and e-drums and V-drums.com and other drummers in the world if they never got big.

      That being said, it was through Mr. Harrison's efforts that traditional Indian music became popularized in the west. This, indeed, may not have happened without his involvement, and for that I'm thankful. And anyone who organized concerts to feed the starving is to be applauded.

      If you believe that famous rock musicians are role models, you cannot fault him: he used his fame to promote excellent but unpopular music, to draw attention to world hunger, and to explore the spiritual side of life.

      I've lost family and loved ones to cancer, and it always pains me to hear of another victim, famous or not.

      Perhaps it would be a better tribute to his memory to make a donation to any of the organizations battling either world hunger or cancer.

      DJourg


      [This message has been edited by DJourg (edited December 01, 2001).]

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      • #4
        Very true Feefer

        I'm 47, and the first true impact that music had on my conscious life was "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". I can clearly remember skipping down the street, singing that song at the top of my lungs, and being astonished that nearly everyone I passed was joining in .

        Then it struck me - not only my life was changed profoundly, but so was the life of nearly everyone under the age of fifty. Musically, philosophically, spiritually the Beatles created the new landscapes for years to come.

        My wife and I met in high school. "Our" song was one from "All Things must Pass" - so you can imagine how we felt yesterday.

        To this day, I feel that the opening strains of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and "Purple Haze" are the two most compelling in all of rock, at least to me.

        We all have to go eventually. To leave even one hundreth of the legacy of the Beatles would make any life truly worthwhile. Here's to you, George!
        Immensely powerful yet with a liquid cat-quick elegance

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        • #5
          He always struck as a very decent person, a nice guy. Don'r forget that when the Beatles arrived, rock and roll was already pretty much gone. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens were dead, Jerry Lee Lewis maried his 13year old cousin, Elvis was already becomming a joke and we were mired in boy/girl vocal groups and the likes of Paul Anka. The Beatles brought it all back, I remember very clearly. In fact, Remo Beli has stated that because of them, a replacement had to be found for calf heads there was such a high demand because everybody wanted to play drums after Ed Sullivan.
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          • #6
            Timeless music for troubled times...
            Kelly Mercer
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            • #7
              I remember it was 1974 or 1975. My best friends asked me who my favorite group was. They laughed at me when I told them it was the Beatles. They were KISS fans.

              George was the ultimate band member and teammate. I would like to pattern my musical and professional life after him.

              In a Pot Roast, the most prominent ingredient is the roast beef. However, it is not the same without potatoes and carrots. The most recognizable ingredients in the Beatles were Lennon & McCartney. However, the band would not have been the same without what George added to the mix. He seemed to accept his role within the group and enthusiastically devote his talents to the efforts, even if he didn't receive the most credit.

              His humbleness (not to mention his contributions to humanity) is certainly worthy of emulating.
              WMP


              (Weapon of Mass Percussion)

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              • #8
                George influnced me to get into Indian music,and get into things like Buddhism. The fathers of prog they (Beatles) showed me ANYTHING was possable in music.

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                • #9
                  I'm a huge Beatle-fan and really sad about his death. I knew he was sick bt one keeps up the hope....
                  Beatlesmusic is great. I'm not of the happy-sixties-generation but great music goes beyond time. For times I believed that Ringo's set-up was the only right one....till there was Pornoy..
                  But now serious.....I will meditate tonight along with all the other fans around the world at 19.30.
                  Love each-other.....peace.....
                  Cas
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                  • #10
                    I never knew too much about him until recently. My folks were huge fans and I remember all the times riding in the car with them listening to oldies stations. It seemed like every other song we heard was the Beetles.

                    Like many of you have said, he was a great and humble man who made many contributions to the music and humuan worlds.

                    Bummer.

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                    • #11
                      I lost my sister to cancer in July of this year and the death of George brought those old feelings and tears back to my eyes.

                      I was just about 6 years old in 1963 when The Beatles first hit the scene. I was a Beatles fan from the first time I heard She Loves You. My sister and older brothers used to call me the littlest Beatle's fan. They were amazed at someone my age being such a big fan.

                      My dad worked at Delta Airlines here in Atlanta and in 1965 when The Beatles played here he found out when and where they were coming in and my Mom took me and a couple of my friends to the airport to see if we could see them. It was like one of those old newsreels, The Beatles coming down the stairs of their plane waving to fans, mostly stewardesses and kids like me. They got in four limos and went in four directions. My sister took me to Atlanta Stadium to see them that night. Unfortunately, about all I remember about the concert is the girls screaming.

                      I have always felt like The Beatles were a part of me and I guess they always will be. Sounds corny I know, but no other music has ever done for me what their's has on so many levels from first album to the last.

                      I hope George has found the "bliss" I heard him speak of on a tribute that I saw this weekend.

                      In the words of Ringo, "Rock on George."

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                      • #12
                        The passing of George is a great loss for the music community of the world.

                        Unfortunately, my appreciation of what the Beatles were and did came fairly late in my ongoing musical development. As a teenager, I disliked the "cheesy pop" of the early Beatles, and the relatively (by 1980's standards) poor recording quality. I hated the tinny lo-fi sound of 1960's recordings, and that generally turned me off to all music of that era. Pretty closed-minded, all in all.

                        Fast forward many years... I had occasion to learn some Beatles tunes for a cover band that was doing a wedding gig. The deceptively simple songs had a little more musical depth than I'd given them credit for. Moreover, once I'd learned the parts, I found myself actually enjoying the songs! Could it be that I just hadn't really paid close attention with an open mind before?

                        Fast forward a bit more, and I found myself in what was basicly a Beatles cover band. I had to learn & play about 60 Beatles tunes. I thought many of them sounded familiar, and realized that I'd heard bits and pieces of these songs incorporated into popular music many years later by widely varying artists. Finally, the light clicked on, and I realized just how far-reaching the Beatles influence was on music. Stylistically, they really covered quite a bit of ground, from bubble-gum pop to heavy distorted guitar riffs, psychedelic to experimental, they virtually invented many sub-genres of rock music. These guys were so prolific in their time together that their catalog is much bigger than bands that have been popularly successful for 2 or 3 times as long.

                        Anyone who has been involved in songwriting and album production should appreciate how well-crafted the songs themselves were, and just what kind of production marvels they created with the technology available at the time. Granted, George Martin was a creative genius in the studio, but hang a couple of room mics in a room, and the Beatles still sounded like the Beatles. No studio tricks required.

                        As a drummer, I have more respect for Ringo now than I did many years ago, and have found that the guy was deceptively good. What might sound on the surface like a simple quick shuffle or straight 4 had subtle nuances that provided the feel that drummers ever since have tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to replicate. The guy was much better than most modern drum snobs give him credit for.

                        ...And then there was George. The quiet Beatle, the sensitive, spiritual one. Although never given the widespread acclaim that Paul and John rightfully earned, he was a helluva songwriter in his own right, and incorporated odd times, syncopated beats, and fused musical styles in a groundbreaking way. The world is a lesser place without him. Many guitars gently weep.

                        -Danny
                        ...hearing the wonderfully delicate syncopation of "Here Comes The Sun" in my head.

                        -Danny

                        Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

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                        • #13
                          Gotta put in my $0.02.

                          George Harrison - If this person had not walked the Earth, I most probably would not be a member here @VDrums.com.

                          Since infancy this honey and I, born around the same time, were paired up by our parents. We grew up together in as our parents were best friends. She has 2 older sisters and an older brother (1st-born). When the Beatles hit the scene these girls went ape-sh!t. We went over to see what all the fuss was about. They put this music on the stereo. OK - So what? Twist & Shout was my favorite because it was a rip-off from La Bomba. However, that evening I was administered the full dose. They showed me some photos of the boys and I was unimpressed. Except for George. Damm! I know this guy. A week or so went by and these 4 lads were suddenly everywhere you went. You could not turn around w/o seeing something Beatle. It was as though a pox or something manic swept over this land. Man what a marketing campaign! Anyways, that weekend our families hooked up again. The girls had a surprise for me. They called for their elder brother to come into the room. George Harrison as I live & breathe! He had 'mopped' his hair and donned a suit. The 'rumor' is that somewhere else on this planet walks your identical twin. This poor fellow could not walk the streets in peace. At 1st he thought it was cool in that he was turnin' away babes left & right. When he finally hooked one, it became neccessary to get out of character. In the meantime the girls were really workin' me over and I was losing ground. Was I getting this disease? It all came together one Sunday evening in front of the tube. I was forever changed. I was going to be in a band was the only purpose I had after that night. It was also the 1st time I had ever heard of a lead guitar. Lead guitar? I asked. You mean George plays a guitar made outta lead? They said No, leeeed, like in leader. It's the name they call the guitarist that does all the guitar solos in the songs. Oh! sez I, so what do ya call what Lennon plays? Rhythym they say. Oh - Who cares I think to myself, cause the only Beatle I'm interested in is the ugly one w/that nose. Yeah, that's him in the back. He's playin' my instrument. However, as a drummer, I must add that Paul was the only other Beatle at that time that caught my eye/ear quite a bit. He had some bass licks that I really dug. With time I came to appreciate all 4.

                          Had their brother not been a dead-ringer for George the story, I'm sure, would have had a different ending.

                          George, thanks for coming around ...

                          -Marc.

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