Jake Shimabukuro, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Well, the world didn’t end, which is nice, so the youtube countdown continues with part 68.  I have the “Jimi Hendrix of Ukelele,” Jake Shimabukuro, performing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from the “White Album.”  Taking place at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, this is one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen.  This guy plays the song with flawless soulful precision.  The way he incorporates the melody of the song into his beautiful precise rhythm is uncanny.  It’s also just a flat out wonderful tribute to George Harrison, who LOVED the ukelele.  Actually, all the Beatles loved the ukelele, having gained an appreciation from John’s sweet mother Julia.  If you’ve never played or heard a ukulele in person, I highly recommend it.  It’s really easy to play, and just produce the most buttery gorgeous tones.  Anyway, enjoy this video, its really something else.

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  1. pat says:

    Just heard “While my guitar gently weeps”, on You Tube for the first time and I was blown away. Being I’m 73 and 10 months I’ve heard a fair amount of music. From my father’s classical to my long gone teenagers and now living thru my grandchildren.

    My husband and I have attended Harry Belefonte, George Shearing, Reba McIntire, Meat Loaf, Johnny Mathis shows. With my friends I was at the Beach Boys first concert at Disney Land .

    Thank you,


    • Willie says:

      Thank you Pat for sharing such wonderful memories. I’m glad you enjoyed the that song especially because it is ukulele centric. I love Harry Belefonte, and you having seen the first Beach Boys concert is amazing. It seems appropriate that their first show was at Disney Land. I had no idea. Please keep reading, and thanks again.


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