SWEET SONGS

While there are per­form­ers like Wes Carr, the magic of The Bea­tles will live on. Carr delves into the mu­sic, life & times of Ge­orge Har­ri­son

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD PLAY - Wes Carr, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, to­mor­row night

Story telling is what Wes Carr does best. For his lat­est tour, the much-loved Aus­tralian singer­song­writer has found an av­enue to bring that tal­ent to the stage.

In­ter­pret­ing Ge­orge Har­ri­son’s song­book, Wes will take on chart-top­ping clas­sics like My Sweet Lord and What is Life, as well as The Bea­tles hit Some­thing – a song Frank Sinatra deemed “the great­est love song ever writ­ten’’.

The show, Here Comes The Sun, ar­rives on the Gold Coast this week­end.

It will see Wes share in­ti­mate tales and anec­dotes from Har­ri­son him­self, not only show­cas­ing the depth of Har­ri­son’s mu­sic but look­ing “within and with­out” on a spir­i­tual jour­ney, re­count­ing con­ver­sa­tions the for­mer Bea­tle started many years ago.

Cel­e­brat­ing the essence of an in­cred­i­ble artist from a mu­si­cian’s per­spec­tive, Wes is look­ing for­ward to en­twin­ing their two sto­ries in a live set­ting.

“Ge­orge wasn’t just the ‘quiet Bea­tle’ who played lead gui­tar for the most cel­e­brated and in­flu­en­tial band the world has ever seen,’’ Wes says.

“Ge­orge was an in­no­va­tor, ar­guably more so than John Len­non and Paul McCart­ney, ques­tion­ing life and re­al­ity, al­ways search­ing for some­thing deeper and in do­ing so, in­tro­duc­ing the cul­ture and tra­di­tions of the east to the west.

“Most fa­mously, Ge­orge col­lab­o­rated with Ravi Shankar and em­braced the prac­tice of tran­scen­den­tal med­i­ta­tion, the teach­ings of Ma­har­ishi Ma­hesh Yogi.’’

Wes says the con­nec­tion he feels with Har­ri­son has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in his life.

“If it wasn’t for Ge­orge, I wouldn’t have started tran­scen­den­tal med­i­ta­tion five years ago – it played a large part in my re­cov­ery from de­pres­sion,” he says.

This year Wes will travel to In­dia to re­trace Ge­orge’s steps from way back in the 1960s.

Pic­ture: NORM OORLOFF

Wes Carr says Ge­orge Har­ri­son played a sig­nif­i­cant role in his life.

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