My Sweet Lord

George Harrison is probably the best role model I can think of being a spiritual and a creative person. Finding a faith didn’t inspire him to renounce everything he’d previously enjoyed in life, or to hide from the world, or to issue judgement on other people. Which are all common pitfalls of people who suddenly start believing (looking at you here, Yusuf Islam.) Most importantly, becoming religious didn’t negatively affect Harrison’s ability to make music – it did the opposite. He managed to make religiously inspired music that appealed to secular audiences, a pretty tough act. It’s hard to imagine very many other popular artists having a best selling single with this subject matter. Maybe because George Harrison was overall one of the most decent and likable people to ever ascend to megastardom. When he sang about his faith, it was only ever motivated by a desire to share a thing that made him happy.


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