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That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track XVII: Southern California

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


The closing track of That Lucky Old Sun is a simple but beautiful reflection on  Brian’s career and the California dream that the Beach Boys music will always be associated with. While it may reflect an idealised world, it also shows the ability of Brian’s music to take the listener to another place.

All the great features of Brian’s music are here -the harmony, melody and the ability to effortlessly move from one section to another. The version on the album is an extension of the song as performed when the work was premiered.

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track XVI: Going Home

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


The penultimate track on That Lucky Old Sun starts off as a pretty standard rocker, but then has an astonishing acapella break where Brian mentions “at 25 I turned out the light, cause I couldn’t handle the glare in my tired eyes.” Although Brian never really went away in 1968/1969, there is a sense of completion in this wonderful work, where Brian returns to his origins in Southern California and the roots of all the things that made him great.

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track XV: That Lucky Old Sun (Reprise)

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

This is a brief and very beautiful interpolation of the title song, featuring a plaintive melody and some great band vocals.

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track XIV: Midnight’s Another’s Day

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

If anyone still doubted Brian Wilson could write a great new song in the 2000s, Midnight Another Day was evidence that Brian’s skill in creating music that digs into the deepest ineffable emotional states was still very much intact. This is certainly a song that can be mentioned in the same breaths as Warmth Of The Sun, ‘Til I Die and Caroline No as Brian again faces up to his darkest demons and the sustaining forces that led him back to the light.

The song was previewed on Brian’s website weeks before its live premiere at the Royal Festival Hall concerts in September 2007.  The live version left the audiences breathless and sometimes tearful as Brian reclaimed his premier songwriting territory.

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track XIII: Can’t Wait Too Long

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Apparently at the request of Darian Sahanaja, a snippet from Brian’s long hidden 1967 work was included as part of the That Lucky Old Sun suite. During the concerts, the song was accompanied by visuals of the Wilson brothers.

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track XII: Oxygen To The Brain

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

On the surface, this is one of Brian’s “live healthy” songs, but it is also clearly autobiographical with the references to Brian crying “a million tears” and wasting “a lot of years.” The mentions of not being lazy and destroying rather creating also hint at salvation that Brian found through the creating process and taking in what life has to offer, rather than retreating from it. A jaunty and melodic arrangement add to track and make it one of the centrepieces of Brian’s journey through the ups and downs of Southern California.

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track XI: Narrative: Between Pictures

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The last narrative section on That Lucky Old Sun continues the California Role theme of movies, Hollywood and Southern Californian dreams with some more Van Dykes Parks wordplay.

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track X: California Role/That Lucky Old Sun (Reprise) Medley

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This track focuses on the Hollywood dreams that Los Angeles represents and features lead vocalists from co-writer Scott Bennett in the opening section. The title is a pun on a popular sushi dish in the ever-hip Southern California area.

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track IX: Narrative: Cinco De Mayo

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The Latin themes continue in this narrative section celebrating the Mexican influence on the city of angels. The title refers to a regional holiday in Mexico (Spanish for “fifth of May”).

That Lucky Old Sun Track-by-track VIII: Mexican Girl

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009


That Lucky Old Sun takes a turn to south of the border for the next two tracks; this is a straightforward love song with some fairly stereotypical Latin-flavored lyrics. However Brian’s melodic touches and stacks of harmony take this song out of mediocrity and make it very listenable.