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(((((Lao Tzua)))))

Lao Tzua, can you believe I'm just getting to listen to this now, five months later?

It is B E A U T I F U L - thank you.

I was reminded by someone that this thread had made an impact. It was good at arriving at the right time for her, so I came back to look, and read, and remember, and I found your song. Your song was perfect also, at arriving at the right time.

No doubt George was inspired by Ram Das's 60's classic "Be Here Now." Don't you think? I don't know the history of the song, but that is what I would imagine.

I went to go look for the book on Amazon (it is amazing where you can go on the internet), and found this one by Ram Das, fairly new - 2010: Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart .

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Ok, so I did a little checking on Wikipedia: "Be Here Now" was published in 1971. George released this song in 1973, indeed inspired by the book:

Part of Harrison's inspiration for the composition was spiritual teacher Ram Dass's popular book Be Here Now – specifically, a story discussing the author's change in identity from a Western academic to a devotee of Hinduism. Harrison biographers interpret "Be Here Now" as a comment on the public's nostalgia for the past following the Beatles' break-up.

Harrison wrote the song in Los Angeles in 1971, while working on the soundtrack to Indian musician Ravi Shankar's Raga documentary film and shortly before organising the Concert for Bangladesh. The recording took place in late 1972 at his Friar Park home, with musical contributions from Klaus Voormann, Nicky Hopkins, Gary Wright and Jim Keltner. The song has received critical attention for its dreamlike sound and the quality of Harrison's acoustic guitar playing; Rolling Stone magazine's reviewer described the track as a "meltingly lovely meditation-prayer".[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Here_Now_(song)

Harrison biographers interpret "Be Here Now" as a comment on the public's nostalgia for the past following the Beatles' break-up.

Be here now! Thank you so much!

(((((Lao Tzua)))))