Friday brings a new single from Austin singer-songwriter Lisa Morales that's both universally familiar and inventively reimagined. Her take on George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," a high point of the Beatles' 1968 classic White Album, begins with uplifting Latin-rhythm guitar strums before the dueling guitars of Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Los Lonely Boys' Henry Garza send the song sailing skyward, with Morales' vocals soaring above.
"I was noodling this original piece called 'Esperanza' knowing it needed something profound with it, when later that day my son chose music for the car and played 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps,'" Morales explained in a press statement announcing the single. "I could hear it at that moment, the perfect fit. I put my own Mexica-ness to it and it flowed.
"With all the things going on in the world right now, singing the words 'I look at you all, see the love there that's sleeping,' well, that message is one everyone needs to hear." We're premiering the song today on Austin360:
Austin musicians Roscoe Beck, Michael Ramos, David Pulkingham and Damien Llanes also appear on the recording, which stretches beyond 7 minutes. Morales, Ramos and Kevin Wommack co-produced, with a renowned engineer Tim Palmer mixing.
Morales joined Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys on a January 2019 bill at ACL Live and will open for them again at Los Angeles' famed Greek Theatre on Aug. 8. Her next Austin-area appearances are Aug. 23 at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels and Aug. 29 at Hutto Park on Brushy Creek in Hutto, both opening slots for Los Lonely Boys.
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