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Monday, August 22, 2005

Brian Hits Milwaukee

JOURNAL SENTINEL "I go slower and easier now. I've slowed down quite a bit," says Brian Wilson by phone from a hotel room in Montreal, before a show with his 17-piece orchestra.

"I used to run to the piano on a moment's inspiration and write a song in a half-hour. Nowadays it'll take me a couple weeks or a month to write a song."

"It wasn't 're-create these songs,' it was inspired to make the same sound we made in the '70s, only better than the '70s," Wilson says. "It turned out much better, because we put better musicianship and better singing than we did in the 1960s. We tried to get in the same spiritual mood that we were in when we (first) did it. The only regret that I have is that we waited so long to do it, that's all."

"I said to myself, 'I can do it, I can do it,' " he recalls. "After the premiere of 'Smile,' I knew I could do it.

"I hand-picked my band in 1997, and we practice so much and we're so good that the process is easier for us. We're getting a little closer together now," he says. "I've grown musically, and we've all grown musically together, too. I was able to sing easier, with not as much effort. And talk to people and not be afraid. Stuff like that."

"I always get stage fright before I go on stage," Wilson says. "I pray and I just sit and think."

"When I was writing the songs, I never dreamed I would be considered a genius until later, in the '80s, when I realized I was a great writer," he says. "I just started realizing my own gift that God gave me."

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