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I don’t know about you, but I love a good cover – especially when the artist delivering the cover manages to inject their own sound and flavor into the song without totally deviating from the original blueprints. In that regard, YouTube sensation Puddles the Clown absolutely knocked it out of the park with his cover of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” bringing something haunting and whimsical to the 1968 classic from the comfort of his usual spot at the back of a pop up coffee shop.
Fun Fact: Though not formally credited, Eric Clapton’s lead guitar part can be heard on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.
A mournful, acoustic driven piece that finds Puddles adding his trademark note of sadness along with something almost innocent, his take on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” came as the result of several fan requests for the song, shot in one take and while his “wonky guitar playin'” is definitely noticeable, it doesn’t take away from the moment – not by a long shot.
Some may find it annoying and unprofessional, but the imperfection hits out at the parts of us that are equally imperfect and just longing for a way to express the heady brew of emotions stirring within. In that regard, Puddles succeeded in spades for a cover we can’t get enough of, and it’s one we’re sure you’ll enjoy just as much.