On the Uses of Sitar Music

I find myself completely taken with sitar music this morning.

I’m trying to wake up, and the coffee isn’t quite doing it for me.

Of course, coffee doesn’t work instantly. I have to give it more time.

So, I’m adding some sitar music into the mix. The sitar has a tangy sound, like a stab of color. That will cut through the mental fog this bright morning, surely!

My collection of sitar music is not impressive, however. It’s limited entirely to George Harrison’s oeuvre, actually.

So I’m listening to the early takes of “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” where Harrison’s sitar work was a little more… overwhelming than the finished track.

Seriously, in the first take, Harrison played the sitar everywhere, filling every sonic crevice. He dialed that by the fourth take of the song, and that gave us the beautiful — and somewhat malicious — song that we all know and love.

Okay, that I love. I don’t know about the rest of you all. 🙂

“She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh.
I told her I didn’t and crawled off to sleep in the bath.”

I could listen to The Concert for Bangladesh or The Concert for George for more sitar goodness. Even Wonderwall Music.

Or I may just fix another cup of coffee.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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