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  • Bill Chastain

TOYS AND GAMES: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Earlier this year I discovered on YouTube a video of Heart performing “Stairway to Heaven” when The Kennedy Center honored Led Zeppelin. The fact I discovered this one long after the actual event occurred did nothing to detract from my enjoyment of the performance.

Now I’ve stumbled across another cool one that features Tom Petty, Prince, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison and Jeff Lynne where they play “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a tribute to George Harrison.

The Beatles’ White Album is my favorite and the two songs I like best on that album are “Back in the USSR” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

800px-Prince_with_MadCat,_Coachella_2008 “Prince with MadCat, Coachella 2008” by Scott Penner

Check it out if you get a chance.

I’ve always been a big Prince fan, but I don’t know if he’s still going by “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” or if he’s gone back to “Prince.” Either way, engaging him in conversation presents difficulties. Like, “How are you ‘Artist Formerly Known as Prince?’” or “How’s it going ‘Prince?’” Just plain awkward.

Since we’re on the subject of names, were you ever tempted to name your son Wolfgang? Such a moniker would be the perfect launch for a future as an actor, a director or a famous chef.

Finally, kudos to former Plant High quarterback Phillip Ely, who engineered Toledo’s upset of Arkansas on Saturday. After transferring to Toledo from Alabama, Ely had to overcome a torn ACL to get back on the field this season.