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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 […]

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 […]

Colour My World ( James Pankow Chicago Cover ) 04.13.11

I learned how to play Colour My World when I was a six year old boy in 1971, soon after it had become a worldwide smash the year before. It was the first pop song my first piano teacher, our local church organist Frank Mezzatesta, had me learn how to play. I still remember the […]