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19 – “just like an open book, a couple of words, that’s all it took”

19 – “just like an open book, a couple of words, that’s all it took”

 

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So I went to Neonlights 2016.

It has been a while since I last went to a gig (last time was.. Rolling Stones? oh Jesus, that was friggin’ 2014!), plus I nearly ditched the idea due to last-minute travel plan changes, plus the amazing rainstorm that welcomed me back in SG Friday afternoon. But you know what? I’m glad I decided to still go anyway.

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13 – Day 7 – the melodies that speak

13 – Day 7 – the melodies that speak

Day 7 : List 10 songs that you’re loving right now

(as always, in no particular order)

1. Luke Sital-Singh – You Always Hurt The One You Love

2. Allen Stone – Where You’re At

3. AURORA – Half The World Away

4. George Ezra – Drawing Board

5. Nitin Sawhney feat. Paul McCartney – My Soul

6. Alt-J – Warm Foothills

7. Jamie Lidell – Green Light

8. Mansun – Electric Man

9. Richard Hawley – Serenade Of Blue

10. James Blake – A Case Of You

10 – Day 4 – the dark horse

10 – Day 4 – the dark horse

Day 4 : Write about someone who inspires you

George Harrison. Definitely.

OK, so this might have been quite an obvious answer and you probably think “oh how predictable”, but seriously, come on.

This man proved that being the youngest and the quietest doesn’t mean you get to be invisible and unheard of. Sure, he was The Quiet Beatle, but he’s the one who wrote Something and Here Comes The Sun. Also, it was him who made such a breakthrough with the sitar on Norwegian Wood, and also Taxman.

And let’s not forget about his spirituality. This was the man who went out in search of his own spirituality, enjoyed it so much, managed to stick to it, and absolutely committed to it 100%. You don’t get such quality in most people even these days, especially in the celebrity world. Bloody hell, even I myself am not sure I can be as committed as he was.

His twisted sense of humour. Even from as early as Taxman, you could see clearly his sarcasm and very dry humour. Then came This Song (the song AND the video!) in response to the My Sweet Lord lawsuit. Also, his strong ties to The Monty Python. Best of all had to be his last words to Ringo, which was “Do you want me to come with you?”, when Ringo told him his daughter had a brain tumour whilst visiting George who was.. well, terminally ill. Can anyone get any more witty on their death bed? Don’t suppose so. Bloody hell, he suffered more than forty stab wounds when someone broke into his house and attacked him, and what did he have to say about the guy? “[he] wasn’t a burglar, and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys”. COME ON.

His big heart. The fact that he stayed best friends with Eric Clapton even after Pattie ran off from him to marry Clapton. His charity work through Concert For Bangladesh. His love for Olivia and Dhani, which is absolutely out of this world. His way of supporting the Pythons by creating HandMade films just so he could help produce Monty Python movies.

And what’s more, even after all the success and whatnot, his favourite thing to do was gardening. This is a Beatle we’re talking about, not just some musician. And he was into freaking gardening.

So yeah, this is why I pretty much had an absolute mental breakdown in 10th grade to the extent that I had to skip school when I heard the news of his passing. I seriously can’t find anyone more inspiring that George Harrison.