A Totally Subjective Round-Up of Brian Wilson/Beach Boys News, Gossip & Trivia

Friday, August 12, 2005

"I'm Your Music Man"

DANBURY NEW TIMES interviews Brian Wilson:

"Getting the people's praise is more important because it means a lot to me what people think," Brian Wilson said.

"It was pretty hard. My dad was pretty mean to us. So it was pretty rough. ... My mom was good to me. That was my saving grace — my mom."

"I wanted to (exclusively) write songs for the Beach Boys. I like sitting at the piano, just plucking away at the notes. And a melody will come very slowly and I'll get with the melody. ... I love being in the studio. It's a great experience."

"Well, my life's been complex and I've been through a lot of different kinds of trips. I can tell you that right now."

How did he persevere through it all? "I just have a lot of good will power in my head, you know?"

"It took us about a month and a half (to finish). We used computers and Pro Tools and sequenced it all together — all the different parts."

"It was the same (as the originally intended '60s release) except for we created a third movement for it in 2004. So it's a three-movement rock opera now."

"Well, I'm amazed. I didn't think it would go over quite so good, but people love it. ... It was a big accomplishment for me because I never dreamed I'd get a Grammy. But I got a Grammy for 'Mrs. O'Leary's Cow.' ... It's just about fire — like the excitement of fire. It's a little scary, but it's OK, you know?"

"I like 'Heroes And Villains' and 'Surf's Up,’ those are my favorites. 'Heroes And Villains' is a very happy song about, you know, it's about happiness. I wrote, 'Just see what you done-done' in the (spirit) of the American Indian. 'Surf's Up' is a poetic song. It's a very beautiful melody with very poetic lyrics."

"Well, I'm proud of it. I don't think we're the best. I think the Rolling Stones and the Beatles are better than us. But we're good too. We're all good. All those groups are good."

VILLAGE VOICE "So here’s this half-wrecked man who’s created a glorious musical world to which everyone else onstage—19 last fall at Carnegie—is totally devoted. If they do Smile, it’ll be magnificent. They’ll definitely do “I Get Around” and “Help Me, Rhonda” as if they’re compositions as world-historic as Mozart’s. And convince anyone who isn’t a bigot." -- Robert Christgau

WASHINGTON TIMES Reviews Brian's performance at Wolf Trap.

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