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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Brian Wilson Q&A

SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
Q: Is it true that your favorite album of all time is "A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector"?
A: Yeah, that's my favorite Christmas album.
Q: What is it about that album you like?
A: I just like the tracks. I like the background tracks. I think they really sound good.
Q: Is that something you listen to all year round?
A: Yes.
Q: A lot of the songs you did with the Beach Boys sounded like Christmas songs, even though they were about surfing and cars.
A: Right, right.
Q: Where did you get the idea to put sleigh bells on all your songs?
A: From my drummer Hal Blaine _ he had some with him and we just used them.
Q: Were you worried people would get confused hearing sleigh bells in June?
A: Oh, no, no. We knew it was appropriate.
Q: And what month did you make this new album?
A: May.
Q: Did you have a Christmas tree in the studio?
A: No.
Q: But you got in the holiday mood anyway.
A: Yeah, we got in the mood. We put ornaments up and made it real Christmas-like.
Q: There are something like a thousand Christmas songs to choose from. How many did you originally want to include on this album?
A: Eight.
Q: Wait, that's it?
A: Yeah.
Q: You did a new version of "Little Saint Nick." Is that because you thought you could do it better now than when you did it with the Beach Boys?
A: Yeah, because we could. I think it's the best version so far.
Q: You didn't want to redo "Santa's Beard"?
A: Nah, we just wanted to do "The Man With All the Toys" and "Little Saint Nick." Those are the only ones we wanted to do.
Q: You wrote a new song called "What I Really Want for Christmas" with Bernie Taupin. What was it like working with the guy who wrote "Crocodile Rock"?
A: We sent the cassettes to the guys and they sent the lyrics back.
Q: That sounds like a pretty good way to work. In fact, you've had a pretty good year overall.
A: Yeah, it's been a good year.
Q: What made it the best?
A: Making the Christmas album.
Q: Even better than taking "Smile" on tour?
A: Yeah.
Q: Is Christmas pretty much your favorite holiday ever?
A: Yes it is.
Q: What's it like at your house?
A: Happy. Happy times.
Q: Do you go all-out with, like, presents and trees?
A: Yeah, yeah. The whole bit. The whole deal.
Q: Do you have any Christmas responsibilities?
A: We have a guy install lights.
Q: What about you personally?
A: Just to buy presents.
Q: You must be a really good gift buyer.
A: Yeah, I am.
Q: Where do you get your presents?
A: Oh, just various different stores in Beverly Hills.
Q: And then do you sit around the piano and sing Christmas carols?
A: Yeah, I sing for my friends.
Q: Man, I need to come to Christmas at your house.
A: Yeah, right.

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