Archive for the ‘Brian Wilson’ Category

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXVI: Girl Don’t Tell Me

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

With a recent blog focus on the Beatles, it’s time to look at a song which is one of the most Beatles-esque in the Beach Boys canon, Girl Don’t Tell Me. It is a significant track for another reason -while Carl’s first lead vocal was on Pom Pom Play Girl, from this track on-wards, Carl became a regular lead vocalist for the band.

Featuring Brian playing on celeste, this 1965 track features Brian at the top of his composing game at the height of the bands commercial popularity -even if it is stylistically closer to the bands’ greatest rivals than just about every other original Beach Boys song.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXV: Spring Vacation

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Spring is coming to the southern hemisphere, even although most readers will be thinking of autumn. So it’s time to return to our hidden beauties, and with the recent Sirius XM “reunion”, remind ourselves of the brief unity within the Beach Boys in 2012.

This track has taken a bit of flack for the possibly less than poetic lyrics and the possibly cynical phrase “easy money.” Indeed, this may have been one of the tracks that one could have dreaded, having seen the tracklist.

But never judge a book by the cover, or a song by the title. Spring Vacation is a great pop tune, and an instant singalong, and the lyrical theme of unity in strength is hardly controversial.

Ultimately, pop music isn’t about the the lyrics alone, but the way the combination of melody, rhythm and lyrics makes you feel. And with the simple joys expressed by this song, it’s a singular success.

 

Summer’s Going…

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Brian Wilson’s summer touring finishes tonight in Windsor, after a few dates in the Middle East and Europe. This sector included two dates in Dublin, Ireland which seem to have been very well received. He now has a break of just over two months before he commences a busy November and December schedule  including a mixture of Pet Sounds, Greatest Hits and Christmas shows.

Reflections

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

It’s a time for reflection – as the world mourns the great loss of Aretha Franklin, at a personal level, the 15th August marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of my mother.

On Thursday night, Brian played a show in Berlin, a city that I visited recently. While not conventionally attractive like many European cities, it is a place of reflection, where the greatest evil of the last century was centered, but also of hope and rising above a past. It looks like Brian’s show was well-attended and successful as this review attests. (in German, but can easily be translated online).

Italian Smiles

Monday, August 13th, 2018

On Saturday night, Brian performed Pet Sounds at the historic Ancient Theater of Taormina  in Sicily -he is certainly looking relaxed in the Italian sun in the photo attached.

 

Tales From Tel Aviv

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Israel may be a slightly controversial, and not obvious place for Brian to perform in, but his show there  on Tuesday has been well received by fans and the media. The Jerusalem Post review is quite detailed, and includes some live clips , even although it does note Brian’s physical limitations.

Together And Apart

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

The Beach Boys Town Hall show will only be aired on August 10, but you can read about some highlights here– it looks like the band were respectful to each other and focused on the good, rather than the bad vibrations from their past. No hint of any other reunion activity however….

…speaking of which, Brian has completed a short North American stint of his (resumed) tour, and will spend the rest of August in the Middle East and Europe, playing a mixture of Pet Sounds and Greatest Hits shows.

23 Songs For Today

Friday, July 27th, 2018
  1. Passing By -The Beach Boys
  2.  Diamond Head -The Beach Boys
  3. I Went To Sleep The Beach Boys
  4. Friends -The Beach Boys
  5. Anything At All -Crosby, Stills & Nash
  6. Lady Stardust -David Bowie
  7. Ziggy Stardust -David Bowie
  8. Might As Well Be Dumbo -The High Llamas
  9. There Is Always Something There To Remind Me -The Housemartins
  10. When It Was Done -Hugo Montenegro
  11. Tired Of Waiting For You -The Kinks
  12. Dosed -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  13. Can’t Stop -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  14. Million Miles of Water -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  15. Hard To Concentrate -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  16. Ride Away -Roy Orbison
  17. Hips Dont Lie-  Shakira (ft Wyclef Jean)
  18. (It Ain’t Necessarily) Byrd Avenue -Spanky & Our Gang
  19. California Suite -The Beach Boys & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  20. Power Lines -The Magic Numbers
  21. The Hustle -Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
  22. Leave Me Be -The Zombies
  23. Nothing’s Changed -The Zombies

Let’s Get Back Together Again..And Again

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

The surviving “real” Beach Boys will get together again…not on tour or properly on a record, but at a “Town Hall” session hosted by SiriusXM. The session will be aired in just over two weeks time, on August 10. It looks like some of the focus will be on the Philharmonic record which seems to have been something of a success.

Brian is also back on tour, and the first reviews are in from his shows after the hiatus. Fairly positive, although noteworthy that Brian used a wheelchair the whole time.

Soccer’s Gone…But Brian’s Back

Monday, July 16th, 2018

So the World Cup is over…and the side I backed, Croatia, fell at the last hurdle but still had their best tournament ever. The soccer tournament may be best remembered as a rare glimpse of global unity in a dis-unified age. However, another type of harmony is back..Brian and his band resumed their tour in Canada yesterday.