It’s been a week straight from the hot place so I apologize for the slow posting. Kidney stone, car’s AC went out (Florida, June, most fun you can have, etc.), behind at work…life’s usual rewards.
Short version of the weekend: The trip to Birmingham was long and tiresome but well worth it. I’ll have plenty to say about Love and Mercy (which I got to see a second time, this time in a theater which took me an hour and half to find but, unlike the one back here at home, did have a working sound system) and To Kill a Mockingbird (which I had seen a dozen or more times on VHS and DVD over the years and, as it turned out, never really seen at all) at some point or other.
One thing that happened on the way back was I had a chance to listen to the Beach Boys’ old box set from the nineties straight through and was struck, even more forcefully than usual, by how much R&B there was in their sound from beginning to end, and how good they were at incorporating it into a lot of other things and coming out with something uniquely their own.
I was also struck, during my wanderings on the internet of late in pursuit of whatever’s being said about Brian’s lovely biopic, just how little this gets mentioned.
So I was especially glad to come across this eighties’ era interview with Carl Wilson, where, despite a less than ideal setting or interviewer, he had a lot of intriguing things to say, including a great deal about just how much 50’s R&B in particular impacted the Wilson boys when they were growing up. It’s by far the longest, most in-depth interview I’ve ever seen with him..
And in case you want to hear how easily he incorporated all that, here’s the first important lead vocal he recorded on the way to becoming the finest singer any harmony group was ever blessed to call its own.
There’s always going to be a piece of me that will never accept him being gone: