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Pet Sounds Is 50!

What might be the greatest pop album ever made, has turned 50 today, May 16, 2016. How does one articulate one’s thoughts and feelings about a set of songs that forever changed and modified just how deeply I listen to music? It’s an acknowledged masterpiece now, yet in the late 1980s, that was an opinion […]

On Wendy And The Endless Summer Of 1974

April 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of The Beach Boys’ Wendy. I was introduced to it 40 years ago this spring by a school friend named Wendy, who was the older sister of a school mate of mine, Rick Burdett. I was invited over one June afternoon after school by Rick to play […]

Wonderful ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Van Dyke Parks Cover ) 10.17.12

Purchase music on iTunes by The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and Van Dyke Parks. I have been playing the original arrangement of this song since 1996. The Beach Boys officially released this SMiLE-era sessions gem in 1993, over two decades after it was originally recorded. Until that point, the only officially released version was a quieter […]

Busy Doin’ Nothin’ ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Cover ) 10.18.11

Purchase music on iTunes by The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. The song Busy Doin’ Nothin’, and the 1968 album Friends, from which this Beach Boys song lives, fell in the shadow of such masterworks as Pet Sounds (1966) and the then unreleased SMiLE (1967/2004/2011). I still consider this song one of Brian Wilson‘s finest achievements. […]

Sundown ( Gordon Lightfoot Cover ) 07.14.11

I was an 8 year old boy when I first heard the Gordon Lightfoot song Sundown on the radio. I was immediately drawn to the harmonies, but I was far too young to understand the exact nature of the lyric until much later. The chorus was so catchy though, it was impossible not to sing […]

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