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My Diane ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Cover ) 01.15.10

I’ve always considered the song My Diane to be an overlooked masterpiece in the songwriting canon of Brian Wilson. It’s written about his friendship with his sister-in-law, Diane Rovell, sibling of Brian Wilson’s ex-wife, Marilyn. I like to think of the song as a love letter to a dear friend. For years Diane used to book the […]

God Only Knows ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Tony Asher Cover ) 11.22.09

In Don Was‘s 1994 documentary I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times, Brian Wilson said he wrote the melody for God Only Knows in twenty minutes. If that’s not a gift from God, I don’t know what is. I don’t know how long it took lyricist Tony Asher to write the lyrics, but they match […]

(They Long To Be) Close To You ( The Carpenters Bacharach / David Cover ) 10.10.09

Of course I grew up with The Carpenters on AM radio. This song was played every day throughout the 1970s, practically. It’s funny, when I was growing up, whenever this song came on the radio, inevitably the people around me would join in to sing the “ahhhs” at the end. What a hook. I learned […]

Rain ( The Cult Cover ) 10.06.09

The Cult‘s Love album from 1985 provided the soundtrack to my second year at Sheridan College. She Sells Sanctuary was the song we all danced to (at R.P.M., the space in Toronto that now houses The Guvernment), but Rain, Revolution, and Love were the really cool songs that core followers of this band knew were […]

I’ll Be There ( The Jackson 5 Cover ) 10.03.09

I remember this song on the radio (CKLW! The Motor City!) when I was 5. It’s been on the radio, or on someone’s stereo or cd/mp3 player, or piped over the PA in any shopping mall, or in the elevator, or on a soundtrack to a movie, or as incidental music on television ever since. […]