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Everything But The Brian IV: Heaven

Friday, September 21st, 2018

If there was any doubt that there were three musically talented Wilson brother, Exhibit A is this song by Carl Wilson. Released in 1980 on Carl’s first solo album, this song showed that the ability to write emotionally resonant songs was not restricted to Brian and Dennis. One of Carl’s songwriting strengths was songs showing the power and solace of true love, and this is probably the best example.

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.

 

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.

 

Everything But The Brian III: All This Is That

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

All This Is That  is widely regarded as one of the strongest Beach Boys tracks in which Brian or Dennis had absolutely no environment. Clearly influenced by transcendental meditation, and with contributions from Carl, Al and Mike, it is Carl’s production that takes this song to a different league. Harmony, melody and production are all hallmarks of a track which show that brothers, family and friends can take Brian’s vision and make it their own.

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.

Everything But The Brian II: Be Still

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Be Still is unique in being the only lyric with two different musical interpretations by two different Wilson brothers. It’s actually a Stephen Kalinich poem, with the full poem being released on A World Of Peace Must Come with light musical touches by Brian. However, the real musical version comes courtesy of Dennis Wilson and the Friends album, where Kalinich’s words are put to a lovely , peaceful musical accompaniment and vocal by Dennis.

Everything But The Brian I: Little Bird

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

We’ve still got a lot of Brian’s Hidden Beauties to go, but as we get to celebrating 50 years of Beach Boys albums where other band members made significant songwriting contributions, it is appropriate to start a new series. Everything But The Brian will include songs that are associated with Brian and the Beach Boys, but not written by Brian.

Of course there will be a lot of Dennis, and it is appropriate to start with another song from the golden anniversary of Friends. In fact, this could have been in Brian’s Hidden Beauties, as Brian is generally acknowledged as an uncredited composer. But this song was also historic as the first substantial Dennis song on a Beach Boys album, as well as the first evidence of Stephen Kalinich’s collaborations with the group. It’s a peaceful, contemplative song that fits in with the peaceful nature of Friends,  as well as the Beach Boys era celebrating beauty in nature and simple joys.

Brian’s Hidden Beauties CLXIV: When A Man Needs A Woman

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

We complete our trio of hidden beauties marking the golden anniversary of the Friends album with When A Man Needs A Woman. The fifth track of the album is Brian’s ode to the facts of life just at the point he became a father for the first time (Carnie Wilson was born in April 1968.) Like just about the entire Friends album , the song reflects the “transcendental” era of the joys of daily life, with suitable light musical background and harmonies.