i am Brian Wilson a memoir

Brian Wilson’s musical genius sustainability are his and our remarkable treasures. His new memoir takes us into his creative muse. Isn’t that what we want to learn about Brian’s talent? The thought process behind such great classics as “Good Vibrations” and “God Only Knows”.

I Am Brian Wilson,  written by Brian Wilson with music journalist Ben Greenman will be available on October 11th from Da Capo Press.

I Am Brian Wilson is the story of Brian Wilson’s life, told by Brian Wilson. But he’s not the same man who had a nervous breakdown on an airplane in 1964 or the one who ballooned to 300 pounds and couldn’t get out of bed in the 1970s. This Brian Wilson is older, calmer, filled with perspective regarding his extraordinary accomplishments and forgiveness for the people who complicated those accomplishments, and his life. Wiser, more measured, though still possessed of the youthful spark that helped him rise to the top of the rock and roll world, Wilson relates his life with a level of emotional honesty that has eluded authors of scores of previous works on Brian and The Beach Boys: “Telling my story honestly means remembering things I sometimes prefer to forget. I would like people to get to know what I’ve gone through, and I hope that my story will give them strength.”

No Pier Pressure – Brian Wilson

I love the double entendre implied in the album title by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. The first meaning I readily see is that Brian Wilson’s album, No Pier Pressure means “No peer pressure” from his cousin Mike Love or Bruce Johnston. The songs on No Pier Pressure were written and designed for continuing The Beach Boys 50 Year Anniversary band. The split between Brian, Al Jardine and David Marks with Mike Love is clearly evident. Just like Brian Wilson I have animosity with Love and Johnston for heading back out on the road as The Beach Boys without Brian, Al and David. I won’t ever go see Mike Love’s Beach Boys. His band and ego hold no fascination for me. Especially after seeing The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour live at Mohegan Sun in 2012.

The second meaning of No Pier Pressure is the pier effortlessly standing tall enduring the pressure of the ocean’s waves every day in California’s Pacific Ocean. Brian Wilson epitomizes the pier with no pressure in terms of his superlative song writing and genius production skills in the face of nature.

I look forward to owning this recording after Lent. No Pier Pressure will drop on April 7th, 2015.

Here is the first track from the album and man is it sweet, “The Right Time”. Check out Don Was on bass in the studio with Brian, Al and David.

MacArthur Park Turns 45

My wife and I love to listen to Jimmy Webb in concert. He is an engaging story-teller and songwriter.

Jimmy Webb wrote, arranged, and produced “MacArthur Park” made famous by actor Richard Harris. Jimmy Webb and Richard Harris became close friends after they recorded the album, A Tramp Shining which featured the single. “MacArthur Park”.

“MacArthur Park” turned 45 years old this year and Jimmy Webb finally got to do it in the real park in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California on Saturday June 15, 2013.

The inspiration for “MacArthur Park” was the relationship and breakup between Webb and Susan Ronstadt, a cousin of singer Linda RonstadtMacArthur Park was where the two occasionally met for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together. At that time (mid-1965), Ronstadt worked for a life insurance company whose offices were located just across the street from the park

Webb says Beatles producer George Martin told him that “MacArthur Park” influenced the Beatles’ decision to let “Hey Jude” run beyond the 7-minute mark when they recorded it a couple of months after Harris’ record became a hit.

Now, half a century down the line, the composer believes the world is ready to hear it at least one more time.

“I have it on my new record coming out in September,” Webb said, noting that his recording for his new “Still Within the Sound of My Voice” album due Sept. 10 features a vocal arrangement by one of his musical heroes, Beach Boys creative leader Brian Wilson. – Courtesy of the LA Times

Jimmy Webb, writer of “MacArthur Park, ” opens the Levitt Pavilion season with his performance in MacArthur Park. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / June 15, 2013)


The Beach Boys: Live in Concert – 50th Anniversary Tour (DVD and Blu-Ray)

We’ve been to 18 concerts so far this year. In fairness to the upcoming shows with Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Patti Smith Group concert 12/4/12 in Bridgeport, Ct. and The Rascals on 12/22/12 at The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY the best concert we have seen in 2012 was The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour concert at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena. Bar None 😉

I am glad to see that they were filmed on this historic concert tour. The DVD and Blu-Ray edition of  The Beach Boys: Live in Concert – 50th Anniversary Tour will be available on November 20, 2012.

Brian Wilson sums it up best.

“The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour meant so much to me personally; performing with the guys again was an absolute thrill. I’m so glad we captured it on film so that everyone, whether you were there or not, will be able to see what a historic event it was.” Brian Wilson

The new video presents a shortened version of the Beach Boys’ show with 21 songs, including classics and deep album cuts, from the band’s regular 40 to 50 songs sets each night of the tour.

What I love about this concert DVD is that we can get together and “Do It Again” and again and again 🙂

Track List:

  • Do It Again
  • Catch A Wave
  • Hawaii
  • Marcella
  • Isn’t It Time
  • Little Deuce Coupe
  • 409
  • Shut Down
  • I Get Around
  • Heroes And Villains
  • Sloop John B
  • Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  • All This Is That
  • That’s Why God Made The Radio
  • Sail On, Sailor
  • Good Vibrations
  • California Girls
  • Help Me Rhonda
  • Rock And Roll Music
  • Kokomo
  • Fun, Fun, Fun

The Beach Boys Concert Review, Mohegan Sun Casino Arena, May 12, 2012

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour

Mohegan Sun Casino Arena

May 12, 2012

My music dream came true last night. I finally got to see The Beach Boys live in concert with Brian Wilson. It was the most entertaining and comprehensive concert I ever saw. The love in the room was genuine between artist and fans. The warm harmonies of The Beach Boys melted in my soul all night.

The evening was split into two parts, Beach Boys the early days and post 1965. The concert was inter-woven around several musical themes, beach music, doo-wop, cars, Pet Sounds, and of course the hits.

There were also six songs that were completely new to me, which I loved hearing. I love when a music artist reaches deeper into their catalog and features songs they believe strongly in performing for their audience.

Mike Love made a special point to thank and appreciate the Mohegan Sun audience for being the first concert date to sell out for the tour. You couldn’t help but feel that this energized and further validated The Beach Boys tour plans.

Brian Wilson sat at a beautiful white grand piano. His presence was commanding and respectful. I watched him intently all night long. I enjoyed seeing him wave to the audience and blow them a kiss at one point. His happiness could be felt strongly throughout the evening.

The second set started with The Beach Boys standing around Brian Wilson on piano singing their rich harmonies, “Add Some Music To Your Day“. The feeling of The Beach Boys commiserating in the studio came across as I reflected on countless studio session photographs I have seen over the decades. The closeness they all warmly share was the  perfect way to begin the second part of the show

You could feel the love and sentiment for Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson as they were included in the evening’s music vision. I was struck by the Dennis Wilson video segment. The inclusion of Dennis Wilson singing “Forever” as the group joined in gave me goosebumps. I especially liked how last night’s show came full circle for us as the live concert footage of Dennis Wilson was filmed the last (and only other) time we saw The Beach Boys live in Central Park in July of 1971. This formed a magic connection with The Beach Boys across space and time.

It was especially poignant that Brian Wilson was watching his brother Carl sing “God Only Knows. The sentiment in his face spoke of his heart for Carl. I really love the religious aspect of The Beach Boys. Their music is a vessel of God to us. It was loving to share Carl Wilson with a live appearance and the video memories as part of the evening.

If I had to choose one song of the 45 songs they played for us that was the most memorable the one I am still hearing in my heart would be “Heroes and Villians” from The Smile Sessions. The lush studio recording techniques were recreated admirably. I was spellbound throughout the song.

They fit the new single from the forthcoming new studio album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio” in perfectly. It matches and accents their sound magnificently. Here is a YouTube Video a fan shared of that point of the show.

They played The Beach Boys song I wanted to hear most as the first of the three song encore, “Kokomo” and it sounded grand.

We left feeling very satisfied and fulfilled by this momentous night of music by America’s greatest rock and roll group, The Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys At Mohegan Sun

The Beach Boys’ Set List

Part 1 – 22 Songs

“Do it Again,” “Catch a Wave,” “Hawaii,” Don’t Back Down,” “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfer Girl,” “Please Let Me Wonder,” “You’re So Good to Me,” “Wendy,” “Marcella,” “Then I Kissed Her,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” “When I Grow Up (To be a Man),” “Cotton Fields,” “Be True To Your School,” “Disney Girls,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Little Honda,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “409,” “Shut Down,” “I Get Around”

Part 2 – 20 songs 

“Add Some Music to Your Day,” “California Dreamin’,” “Sloop John B,” “Wouldn’t It be Nice,” “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times,” “Forever,” “Sail on, Sailor,” “Heroes and Villains,” “In My Room,” “All This is That,” “This Whole World,” God Only Knows,” “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” “California Girls,” “All Summer Long,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Do You Wanna Dance?” “Barbara Ann,” “Surfin’ USA ,”

Encore – 3 songs

“ Kokomo ,” “Good Vibrations,” “Fun Fun, Fun.” 

Kokomo, That’s Where We Want To Go

Tonight at Mohegan Sun we pay witness to The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. Last time we saw them was Central Park in 1971, without Brian Wilson and David Marks… 😉

The Beach Boys on their 50th Anniversary tour. (L-R) Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love and Al Jardine.
Larry Marano/Getty Images

This is the song I am most eager to hear of the 40+ songs they will perform tonight. I believe it is set listed as an encore song.

That’s Why God Made The Radio – The Beach Boys New Album and Single

We have tickets to see The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour next month at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena on May 12th. The Beach Boys kicked off their tour in Tuscon, Arizona on Tuesday, April 24th. They played a 42 song, 2.5 hour set.

That's Why God Made The Radio

New Album Info: Other album tracks include “Shelter” and “The Private Life of Bill and Sue”, both midtempo songs written by Wilson. He says the album will be all Beach Boys — no covers, no guests.

“Beaches in Mind”, “Spring Vacation” and “Daybreak Over the Ocean”, the last written by Love, are among the 12 to 15 songs being considered for the album, with some possibly ending up on a commemorative package, Love says. “Everybody’s got a lead on at least some of the songs.”

Wilson wrote “a suite that I’m just going to guess must be seven minutes long. There are beautiful strings on it,” Johnston says. “You can mix up your singles with your longer art pieces. We’re the Beach Boys. We can do that.”

The album is “very lush, very PetSound-ing,” Jardine says. It may give a welcome contrast to current trends, he says. “Melodies and harmonies are not so popular today in mainstream American radio. Some kind of void is being filled that maybe people really need now.”

The first single from their forthcoming (June 5) studio album (of the same name) “That’s Why God Made The Radio” is available now on Apple iTunes and Amazon for digital download.

You can sing along with the visual lyrics with this lyric video.

You can learn more about the making of “That’s Why God Made The Radio” by watching the single sizzle reel video.

The Beach Boys

100,000 Web Hit Milestone!

Sometime today, I don’t know when yet, the MusicOfOurHeart WordPress music blog site I publish will hit the 100,000 Web hit milestone.

I’m excited and honored that so many viewers around the world have taken the time to stop by my Internet music blog to read and enjoy what I love writing. It’s so rewarding when people leave a comment or follow this blog.

Music is a passion I love sharing. It keeps me grounded. It’s integral to my soul. It never gets old and every day I discover something new or unique about an artist and their repertoire. It’s fair to say that music is infinite and we as music listeners are its vessel.

I believe music comes from God and through his spirit we live fuller, more enriched lives.

Brian Wilson spoke what my heart truly believes when he wrote his personal thoughts about the Smile Sessions.

Many years ago I said that, “Music is God’s voice.” I’ve often felt that I was on a musical mission, to spread the gospel of love through records. Probably nothing I’ve ever done has topped the music I did with Van Dyke, my old crew in the studio and the voices of my youth-me and The Beach Boys.

The Beach Boys Smile Sessions Box Set

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My son gave me as my sixtieth birthday present, The Beach Boys Smile Sessions Box Set. I have to tell you it is one amazing package of music and art. Capitol Records and The Beach Boys have done a marvelous job with the graphic art coupled with documenting the music sessions to bring to life for us this fundamental time capsule recording.

I was skeptical of how good Smile was going to be. It didn’t take long to dispel an unrealistic concern. The first song that makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck is “Surf’s Up“. It is a masterpiece that opens my heart and soul to the orchestral beauty of The Beach Boys vocals and harmonies layered over rich sounds. A monumental recording written by the genius team of Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks that I first heard in 1971 the same and only year I saw The Beach Boys live in Central Park.

It’s unfair to just single out “Surf’s Up” on Smile. There are many songs that flow with spiritual intent and divine purpose. The Beach Boys Smile Sessions box set engages the listener’s sensibilities. I love how Smile reawakened the love and purity of The Beach Boys sound.

I continue to explore the five CD set, sipping the music a glass at a time from a fine bottle of wine. The 60 page booklet is my reading companion that happily unearths more about the efforts that went into the making of Smile. 

Al Jardine sums up Smile best, “It’s truly life changing.”

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