iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 10

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Jake Shimabukuro

Gently Weeps

Genre: Rock

Blah, Blah, Blah: Y’know, this one really isn’t very complicated. Two steps.

Step One – Watch this:

Step Two – Buy the track. But I can tell you’re already ahead of me. I reckon the YouTube player hasn’t even reached the real fireworks at the end of the piece and you’ve already clicked the iTunes link at the bottom of this post.

(You’re not even reading this, are you?)

(?)

(Wow. I bet I could get all naked here and you’d never even notice. Hell, let’s try that out.)

(…)

(There. I’m now blogging while completely naked.)

(Nope, nothin’. Cool. I’ve probably got another thirty seconds or so before you complete your purchase and tab back into your web browser. Just enough time for me to strike two or three suggestive poses:)

(“The Toreador.”)

(“The Space Dolphin.”)

(And now a little something I’ve been working on, called “The Mount Rushmo…” Whoops, that’s nearly time…damn, my undies got all bunched up…where’s that freakin’ tee shirt?!?)

…Which is why you’ll find that in most playgrounds, the swingsets usually face East, while the slides are always set up so that the kids are moving from South to North. And I’d have never learned about that stuff if I hadn’t read the book, and I’d have never found the book in the first place if I hadn’t gotten a little bit lost while looking for the 92nd Street “Y”.

Why I Bought It In The First Place: Asked and answered, counselor. Though the first time someone sent me the link to this video (on a service predating YouTube) I rushed to the iTunes Store and discovered that the Jake Shimabukuro wing was still under construction. Well, okay. It was an impressive enough performance to warrant ordering the actual CD from Jake’s website?

I sure thought so. No need for a 30-second sample, even. Jake’s performance is so perfect that the only way you could possibly ruin it in the recording would be to do…well, anything at all. But when the CD arrived and I tore the plastic off it and thrust it into my computer and then got out my set of dental tools because in my excitement, I’d jammed the CD into the gap between the CD tray and the bottom of the loading mechanism and then got the CD out and put it back in the right way and skipped right to “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” I was pretty disappointed.

Jake was backed by a fairly generic studio quartet. What was dynamic and exciting and fresh in a mono online field video had become weak and anemic in the studio. If it were any more so, it would have been preceded by a very white announcer intoning “And now, for our business travelers, let’s take a moment to check out the forecasts in cities all across the nation:”

I would like to think that Jake saw the extreme error of this approach and released a fine, high-quality edition of the punchy, spartan rendition that spawned a million hits.

1 thought on “iTunes Advent Calendar: Day 10”

  1. Here is a new link to replace the dead link for the amazing ukulele video on YouTube: Jake Shimabukuro plays “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. This video has almost 2 Million views.

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