Dhani Harrison's resemblance to his father, Beatle George Harrison, was never more evident in a new version of “For You Blue” that was released on iTunes in the U.S. and the UK Sept. 16 for charity. Proceeds go to the Material World Foundation, the Harrison family charity, which is currently focused on helping create awareness for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and its mission to cure spinal cord injury.
The new version of the song, originally written by his father for the Beatles' “Let It Be” album, is also seen in a commercial for the Gap and in another video on YouTube in which Harrison talks about redoing the song.
“I really got into guitar when I was about eight., and then it was just … it was on. My dad, he kind of taught me chords and let me go,” he says in the video. “I love the blues and I really got into Robert Johnson, Leadbelly. My dad always said, 'If you can't play a 12-bar blues, then you're no use to anyone.”
Harrison strums a little more and then says, “And that's kind of why I chose this one because it's in the same vein of every blues song that's ever been made. It was his take on that when he was .. probably younger than I am now.”
“I don't usually sing stuff that's my dad's because the voices have a similar cadence,” explaining why he used a different guitar for the song to get a different tone to it. “Let's have a little different acoustic feel to it.”
The full version, however, sounds enough like George Harrison's original Beatles version to be startling. We think it's a beautiful version and a beautiful tribute.
What do you think?
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