It took the death of Prince last week for me to pay attention to the lyrics of George Harrison’s celebrated song, originally released in 1968 with an uncredited Eric Clapton playing lead guitar alongside John, Paul and co. This verse couldn’t fail to provide CliScep inspiration.

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

Learning with every mistake? Reminder of one encouraging moment last month reported at Climate Audit:

The authors thank Nic Lewis for bringing this error to our attention.

Full context there. But almost unprecedented, to use a favourite climate word.  That’s learning for you.

Nic’s been playing an amazing solo on climate sensitivity and related matters since at least July 2011, with the latest riff at Judith Curry’s just today. The excuse for this classic video in which the joy of Harrison’s son Dhani at Prince’s guitar solo at the pair’s induction party for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 is well worth the free admission.



  1. I may be the only person outside of North Korea who’s never listened to a song by George Harrison or Prince, but I found it interesting. (When I played in a band in folk clubs we used to do a Beatles medley, but not that number, as far as I remember. It was a concertina band, the only one in the world at the time, except for one in a blind school in Kenya. We were quite big in Belgium.)

    Mike Hulme, ex of the University of East Anglia, has long been calling for an invasion of the world of climate science by artists and others. A rapprochement between the work of Nic Lewis and Prince may be just what we need.


  2. I’ll also admit to never having heard Prince performing, or knowing what he did for that matter, but that impressive rendition in the video of the Harrison song put me right – the man was a virtuoso on the electric guitar. But what is our pal Gavin a virtuoso at? He landed on his feet by getting into computer programming of GCMs in an organisation subsection led by a crazed zealot whom he has now replaced. His acknowledgement of Nic Lewis’ trouncing of one of his pieces of work is the most admirable thing I have yet heard about him. But perhaps he really is a prince in some field or other, and I have just never come across the right performances.


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