The Beatles: Cover and Discussion of "Something" / by Sam Abelow

George Harrison and his muse, Patti Boyd.

The Beatles had so many incredible songs, but only a few gems written entirely by George Harrison (being that he was the lead guitarist). The original tunes that Harrison did contribute were standout songs, no doubt; those include: "Taxman" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Out of a discography of 275 songs, about a dozen were written and sung by George Harrison. The competition between John Lennon and Paul McCartney was notorious. Rumors at the time when the group split blamed Yoko. But it's clear that the frustrations between these strong personalities was beyond girl troubles.

Time and time agin John Lennon's songs, including the brilliant "Come Together,"  usually ended up on the B-Side of single releases. Stories of The White Album sessions revealed Lennon's determination to assert his songs as the next single, only for "Revolution" to be the B-side, after  McCartney's "Hey Jude."

All of this incredible content, going up against each other left much to the side. In the fantastic documentary "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," it's noted that Harrison had a long list of songs that had, for years, been disregarded. Those songs landed on his masterpiece "All Things Must Pass."

So it's clear that both Lennon and Harrison were ripe for solo projects. Still, there was nothing like these musicians playing all together. Their choices in chord changes, melody, lyrics and arrangement were flawless.

Today they are the mecca, an archetype of pop rock songwriting.

Something... Great.

I decided to cover "Something," by George Harrison, off of the album "Abbey Road," because it's one of my favorite songs ever.

Harrison composed one of the most honest, understated, beautiful and least corny love songs of all time: the mellow tune, the romantic lyrics; everything about it is perfect.

This song feels enjoyable to play -- that is, once it had gotten under my fingers. Most The Beatles songs are deceptively simple and this elegance is indicative of their mastery.

I find the richness of the final recording compelling, especially in comparison to today's over-the-top productions typical of the mainstream pop world.

This song has four verses (one being instrumental -- and who doesn't love that Harrison's graceful slide guitar?). Then there's a short B-Section. This structure is not seen often in today's Top 10.

For me, this is a great way to learn the way the best of all time composed, in the hopes that it will integrate into my own songs.