I’m still following along with my copy of 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die by Quintessence Books. This week I had a little fun, listening to “Awaiting on You All” by George Harrison.
Let’s have a listening adventure today!
You can follow along with my never-ending playlist. Here’s how:
I will tell you which song I’m currently listening to so you can find it or purchase it, or look it up on sites like YouTube.
Then I’ll let you know what I’m listening for, and I’ll give you space to think about the same things in your own way.
Ready to try it out? Here we go!
Now playing: “Awaiting on You All.”
This song was written by George Harrison, and was released in 1970.
Answer these prompts:
HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THIS SONG?
Oh, this song is so upbeat. I feel like walking with great big strides on a treadmill in front of a green screen, while the scene behind me changes to different locations around the world.
DID YOU NOTICE ANY LYRICS DURING YOUR FIRST FEW LISTENS OF THIS SONG?
From references to Love-Ins, to bed pans, to the Pope, this song is clearly stating that when beliefs are grouped together, they become corporate institutions, and that is bad, baaaaaad news, and that Jesus is waiting for you to leave these institutions to have a personal relationship with Him.
WHAT COLORS OR VISUAL IMAGES DOES THIS SONG CONJURE IN YOUR IMAGINATION?
Total 70’s kaleidoscope colors. I visualize watching the whole performance taking place on an old television set (you know, the kind that had a dial?), with the muted fuzziness of a pre-recorded VHS tape.
DO YOU LIKE THIS SONG?
Oh sure, it’s very catchy!! As far as the lyrics go, this song would be a poor anthem to anyone who is anti-Church, though. I mean, institutions have their faults, but it’s hard to listen to an argument about belief-for-profit, knowing that Harrison sold the song for money through a different sort of institution: a record label. If he had given it away as charity, I think he’d have more credibility. Plus, he’s arguing against organized religion by using techniques of chanting the names of the Lord…which is from a different organized religion. So, you know. Eh. I think listeners should just take the song like it is: a guy, just trying to figure out something that is very deep and personal to him, just like the rest of us. If Harrison were sitting next to me, I would tell him that it would still be ok for him to go to church. And I imagine he’d say something like “But the church is full of hypocrites!” And I would tell him not to worry–one more wouldn’t hurt.
WHICH PART OF YOUR LIFE MIGHT HAVE THIS SONG AS A SOUNDTRACK?
If ever I find myself creating a montage of me, getting ready for a hiking trip up in the woods, and hiking up to my camp site, this would be the perfect soundtrack! The scene would end on my little campfire.
If you’d like to have your own listening adventure with this song, follow along the prompts and then tell me about your experience in the comments! I’ll be “awaiting” to hear what you thought!
…see what I did there?
Source for adventurous listening:
Quintessence. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. New York, NY: Universe Publishing. 2015. Print.
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