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Sunday, August 07, 2005

I Wanna Be Happy


Like love, you don't find sound bites, they find you. Usually when you least expect it, like a few years ago in Beverly Hills. It was Christmastime, bitter cold; easily 63 degrees. Needing to get away from our Charlie Brown Christmas tree for a few hours, Nick and I were walking on Brighton toward Rodeo Drive. Right in front of us, Beach Boy Brian Wilson strides out of an alley in a short-sleeved shirt and no jacket. In mid-sentence and apparently to no one, and in his loopy, undulating, hell-and-back voice we heard him say, "I wanna be happy." Just like that, six syllables, eight different notes. Musical Genius At Work. Oblivious to us, he moved on. But we, stunned and paralyzed, stared at each other with jaws dropped, until the freezing cold forced us to resume our brisk walk.


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