Original Version recorded February 25, 1969
Ukulele version recorded May 2012
Deepak Chopra – Vocals
Roy Harter – Piano & orchestral arrangement
Sean Barry – Drums
Frank Simms – Male choir
Natalie Barratt – Female vocal
David Barratt – Ukulele and everything else
Produced by Roy Harter & David Barratt at
Skinnyman & The Abattoir Of Good Taste
Written by and credited to George Harrison
ABOUT THE SONG
Our epic odyssey will end with “The End”.
But before the end comes The Finale.
There have been many bare chested macho bar fights that have originated from the question –
“Which is the greatest Beatles song?”
Would you fight for Paul’s epic ballads (Let It Be, Hey Jude),
or one of John’s wistful interior journeys (In My Life, Across The Universe),
or maybe one of the groundbreaking “I’ve never heard anything like that before” songs
(Strawberry Fields, Tomorrow Never Knows).
Certainly one of the contenders for that unawardable prize is George Harrison’s “Something”.
There are not many, if any, songs that have been covered by Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra & James Brown but “Something” is one of them.
Why is it so great?
“Something” is a template for the mystical element of love.
Mixing the spiritual with the sexual “Something” is a most satisfying song because it describes the indescribable.
The moment where the object of one’s desire takes you to a higher plane.
You don’t know why, you don’t know how but it’s… something.
You may try to hang it onto the physical
“The way she/he moves/knows/shows/smiles”.
But it’s not quite that.
You may have doubts:
“You’re asking me if my love will grow – I don’t know”
but you are going to go for it anyway:
“You know I believe and how”
It is the only thing that can sustain a love or a spiritual life.
A doubt that is conquered.
It is something, It is nothing. it is everything.
Originally we were going to have Sir Paul sing this song but he was busy writing an opera and touring the world and making dinner for the grandkids so of course we approached Deepak Chopra.
Deepak is no singer but he knows a thing or two about mysticism and love and he was a pal of George
. When we asked he jumped at the chance to perform the piece, instinctively connecting to the psychically healing powers of the ukulele, The Beatles in general and this song in particular.
Special mention should go to arranger and sadist Roy Harter who conducted the TBCOU orchestra using his custom designed whip baton.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born, American physician, public speaker, and writer. He is specialized in subjects such as spirituality, Ayurveda and mind-body medicine.
Chopra began his career as an endocrinologist and later shifted his focus to alternative medicine. He now runs his own medical center with a focus on mind-body connections.[clarification needed] He is also a lecturer at the Update in Internal Medicine event.
Chopra was an assistant to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before starting his own career in the late 1980s by publishing self-help books on New Age spirituality and alternative medicine.