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1426  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favorite instrumentals on: January 10, 2016, 06:38:13 AM
Thank you, kind sir. Still lurking but didn't want to post until I could think clearly.

Wonderful song! The piano at times is shades of Professor Longhair.

Among my favorites:
Cast your fate to the Wind

Blue Rondo a la Turk; Forty Days - Dave Brubeck Quartet

American Garage - Pat Metheny (got me up many a morning back in the early 80s)

Blue Men of the Sahara - Strength in Numbers
Metric Lips - New Grass Revival
Sinister Minister (and many others) - Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
1427  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Great Voices in Music on: January 04, 2016, 05:53:06 AM
I think Al has a great voice. 
Yes, everybody says it except NOLA BB fan. Even his fellow BBs members think so.

Please see my edit of the original post. Oh my I feel awful at the implication that Al doesn't have a great voice when I think he does. He did a great job at the concert I saw last month.
I'm in tears now. Will stop posting until I can think and write more coherently
1428  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Good Vibrations Success and Smile's Demise on: January 02, 2016, 07:38:43 AM
And they did Back in the USSR as a tribute to Brian? So Mike didn't have anything to do with that song?
Thought I was finally getting all the facts down and then I read this.
1429  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: I heard \ on: December 31, 2015, 12:24:29 AM
On the Sirius XM Underground Garage channel they played Hang On To Your Ego

On their 60s channel, mornings, between songs, can hear covers of BB songs in the background usually as the DJ's talking. The most common played is Lets Go Away for a While. Have also heard In My Room, GOK, Our Prayer, and Surfs Up. On the rare occasions without BB music the most often played is cover of Octopus' Garden.
1430  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Great Voices in Music on: December 27, 2015, 06:01:42 PM
Living in New Orleans, I'm partial to Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas and John Boutte (he sang the Treme TV show theme song; also check out his take on A Change is Gonna Come)

Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughn, Roy Orbison, Lou Rawls, Cisco Houston

Vocal groups such as the Boswell Sisters, Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers

And those 3 brothers from Hawthorne CA
EDIT - should have listed the Wilsons with the other sibling pairings!
I never meant to imply that Al and Mike don't sing well.
The BBs blend gets more amazing every day. That's why I subscribed to this Board.
Apologies if I've given offense. Chronic sleep deprivation while being a 24/7 caregiver these past few days has made me loopy!
1431  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: December 21, 2015, 09:43:00 PM
Maybe a bit early to post but for those with access to the AXS network, on Sunday Dec 27 at 1:00 pm US Central time, there will be a rebroadcast of the Musicares show honoring Brian
1432  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Misheard Vocals on: December 21, 2015, 07:19:41 PM
One morning, half asleep, was listening to Surfs Up.
Instead of 'bygone, bygone' I heard 'Mike Love, Mike Love'
Now I can't get that out of my head!

On the Lost Concert version of Little Deuce Coupe instead of 'well she blows them outta the water' it sure sounds like Mike is singing:
'Well she blows some marijuana'
1433  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian and Dr. Landy on reelz tv Dr. Feelgood.... on: December 12, 2015, 08:53:41 PM
While Reelz doesn't exactly have a reputation for award winning journalism, this program was better than I expected.
It covered both Landy periods.
On the pro Brian side were Peter Carlin, Russ Titelman, David Wild of Rolling Stone magazine, Brian's former attorney, and an L.A. Journalist. On the Landy side was his lawyer, Mark Meador.

Meador was quite proud of how much money he got out of Brian's family/the BBs for the second round with Landy.  Said that it showed that he did his job well. Also didn't see the ethical problem with Landy being involved with Brian's music career as he saw it as 'therapeutic'!

Mentioned Peter Reum as being a 'hero' as he noticed that the meds were affecting Brian physically. Melinda and Carl were both mentioned as instrumental in freeing Brian.
There were a couple of brief clips of Brian being interviewed on the Larry King show where he spoke about Landy.

The will was mentioned, but curiously the 'autobiography' was not.

Showed the press conference with Stan Love, and Brian giving his statement. Had seen that before but somehow hadnt noticed the look in Brian's eyes as he was leaving, or maybe seeing it on a bigger screen made me see the look of - terror?

The show will be repeating several more times so plan to see it again.
1434  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: December 07, 2015, 03:17:33 PM
Today (December 7) is a day of remembrance in the US. As this is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and people of my parents' time can remember what they were doing when they heard the news, the DJs on the satellite radio asked what other dates were significant.
Of course, December 8 1980 is etched in my brain - how I found out the news that terrible Monday night.

Today others gave what were significant dates for them. One was December 28 1983 and the DJ immediately said, oh yes, Dennis Wilson, then mentioned how Brian had honored his memory last Friday night by singing Forever.

Yesterday another DJ related rather solemnly his memory. He and another DJ were big Beach Boys fans and they heard news that hit them hard. He went home and his wife asked him 'Why are you crying?' And he answered, 'Carl Wilson died!'
Then he played God Only Knows.
I lost it.
1435  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson 2016 Tour Thread (Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour) on: December 05, 2015, 06:41:58 AM
Great! Last night Blondie went on and on about how much he enjoyed the present tour and that he'd love to keep on going.
So now it looks to be confirmed - Blondie and Al.
Hate to be greedy as some of you missed seeing the group this year, but hope and pray I can somehow see them at least one more time
1436  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson / Al Jardine / Blondie Chaplin Fall 2015 Tour Thread on: December 04, 2015, 08:18:00 PM
Biloxi show- They performed Little Saint Nick .
And- Brian sang 'Forever' in honor of Dennis. And sang it wonderfully!
Who said Brian was 'out of it'? Sure wasn't tonight! He was the first one out, said hello to the crowd, introduced songs and musicians, sang many songs, all in the original key.
He even waved his hands out in front of him, sending Good Vibrations to the appreciative crowd .

Oh what a wonderful night!
1437  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: December 02, 2015, 05:20:47 PM
Guess this would be the best place to post this.

For those with access to the AXS TV network, it will be showing 'Brian Wilson and Friends' on Friday December 4. Check local listings-,the time in my neck of the woods (US Central Time) is 12:20 pm. Guess this was the Las Vegas show.
1438  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Woody Allen on: December 02, 2015, 05:09:21 PM
Just don't care for him anymore.
However, that said, thought that Love and Death was one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
1439  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Favorite Christmas songs? on: November 22, 2015, 02:36:50 PM
Christmas Song - Nat 'King' Cole

Little Saint Nick - Beach Boys
Sleigh Ride- Ronettes

Please Come Home for Christmas- Charles Brown
Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters

Christmas Lullaby- Doc Watson
Lullaby - Dave Brubeck

And an album- Duke Ellington's incredible take on The Nutcracker Suite
1440  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Beach Boys America's Band review on: November 21, 2015, 04:03:53 PM
Oh that's an incredible book! So much information. A little slow for me at first but eventually became a book I couldn't put down.
Lots of pictures which I haven't seen before, plus an appendix with some interesting extra info.
I had downloaded the book as it was cheaper but plan to use it for reference so will eventually get a hard copy.
1441  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Which pop stars share your birthday on: November 13, 2015, 07:18:04 AM
. But then there was this name:

1918, Born on this day, Professor Longhair, US rock & roll piano player. Influenced Fats Domino and Dr John. Died on 30th Jan 1980.

Wow, sounds like someone I should know.

Wow, you share the same birthday as the Fess? Yes, please explore his music. He's best known for his two Mardi Gras anthems played all the time down here during the Carnival season- Go to the Mardi Gras, and Big Chief (honoring the Mardi Gras Indians). Also the song, Tipitina (which our legendary nightspot is named after ).

As for me, I share a birthday with some guitar picker named David Gilmour. :-)

New Orleans
1442  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: November 10, 2015, 06:04:05 PM
I was looking at old posts and read the reviews from the BBs show at the New Orleans JazzFest 4/27/12.
There were some complaints about the sound - the sound is always terrible there and can't figure out why the powers that be haven't figured how to get the right volume, balance etc.

There were also comments about Brian of course. I was saddened to see him on the  large monitor and much of the time he looked, well, the way he looks sometimes (disengaged).

Since this was so long ago perhaps people here already know the possible reason for Brian's dis-ease. I just found out today while looking up something else online. A reporter for Newsweek met one of the supporting musicians that night. The guy told him that Brian had a bad start to his day. Among the problems, his loose shoelaces got caught in an escalator and he fell flat on his face.

A younger person might be able to get up with no problem, but an older person, particularly one with a bad back, well...
1443  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns! But first they need dough. on: November 10, 2015, 05:20:09 PM
Oh my. Many years ago I somehow endured "Manos- The Hands of Fate" on MST3k. My life was never the same after that - that Torgo guy!

1444  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Allen Toussaint RIP on: November 10, 2015, 07:56:54 AM
Sorry I' m replying to my own post.

How could I forget "All These Things"? Art Neville sang a glorious version of this in 1962 and it was a hit down here. One of the most beautiful love ballads ever.

It was written by 'Naomi Neville'. I saw 'her' name in a number of credits to local songs. Later I found out that this was a name Allen Toussaint used instead of his own name. (Naomi Neville was his mother)

If you're not familiar with the song it 's on YouTube. Absolute bliss.
1445  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Allen Toussaint RIP on: November 10, 2015, 07:32:14 AM
Woke up this morning to the news that Allen Toussaint, composer, pianist, and producer who's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, passed away shortly after a concert in Madrid. He was 77.

We in New Orleans are in shock and I'm having a losing battle fighting back tears. He looked so well just a couple of weeks ago when he played during a local morning news show.

He helped produce the distinctive New Orleans sound, wonderful, catchy tunes. Wrote a few songs you might know, such as Mother in Law, Working in a Coal Mine, Java (a hit for Al Hirt), Fortune Teller ( hit multiple times), Southern Nights (a hit for Glen Campbell) and many others.

Did work with Paul McCartney - remember well when Macca came down here in the mid70s to record the Venus and Mars album at Mr Toussaint's SeaSaint Studio.

And oh, he was a WONDERFUL human being to boot!

I've been avoiding our local JazzFest in recent years as it has become way too crowded for comfort, but will definitely be there next spring for what should be a tribute for the ages.

RIP dear sir!
1446  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Top Five Favorite Beach Boy Tunes on: November 04, 2015, 07:19:28 PM
In no particular order

Surf's Up
The Warmth of the Sun
Kiss me Baby
Let Him Run Wild

Ask me next week, will probably have a different list
1447  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Your favorite non BB albums on: October 31, 2015, 01:02:17 PM
OH YES, OH YES! That one is my favorite, one of the most beautiful songs ever!

Was half asleep when I made my list - will name a couple more then that's it:

Dave Brubeck Quartet - At Carnegie Hall
Pat Metheny Group - Still Life (Talking)
1448  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Your favorite non BB albums on: October 31, 2015, 06:25:53 AM
In no particular order:

Beatles - Hard Day's Night; Revolver
B-Tribe - Spiritual, Spiritual
Beausoleil - Cajun Conga
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life; Innervisions
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Live Art
Strength in Numbers - The Telluride Sessions
Simon and Garfunkel - Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
Los Lobos - Kiko; The Neighborhood

Some "vocal" records. Love choral music. As Brian would probably agree, "Those who sing pray twice!"
Anuna - Essential
Benjamin Britten - A Celebration of Carols/Rejoice in the Lamb
The Boswell Sisters - The Complete Collection
The Rustavi Choir - Georgian Voices
The Pennywhistlers
Bulgarian State Television Female Choir - Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares
Sacred Harp Music, such as : United Sacred Harp Convention, In Sweetest Union Join
1449  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Halloween on: October 31, 2015, 06:05:12 AM
Don't know how I missed it all this time, but finally saw "Monster Mash" from Shindig

Mike could have had a good career in horror movies, or at least in scaring people. Made some freaky faces.
And what did he do to poor Brian, as the broadcast suddenly ended?

Anyway, Happy Halloween. It will be crazy down here in the Quarter (New Orleans) tonight.

1450  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Does your fandom ruin the music? on: October 21, 2015, 01:50:20 PM
I've been a BB fan since childhood (mid 60s).  No other group has had so many songs that affect me emotionally. Can't listen to Warmth of the Sun, God Only Knows, or Forever without choking up. There probably are a few more like that.  Plus wow songs like Don't Worry Baby and wouldn't it be Nice, and exhilarating  songs such as GV. Plus ones that affect me  on so many other levels such as those on PS, TSS, Today, etc (particularly Surfs Up). Thought Brian and especially Carl had the most gorgeous voices.

Was aware that there were 'troubles' with the band but didn't want to hear  or read about them- fingers in ears singing 'la la la la'. Had learned to feel sorry for poor Brian; whenever I'd see him on TV it was painful as he was so out of it.  Not an expert on the band but when Carl died I remember exclaiming 'oh no, not Carl' as if I knew instinctively how devastating that was.

Saw Love and Mercy so finally found out a lot of painful stuff I didn't know before. So decided that I had no choice but to read about the troubles. My God!!  Driving me batty!

So to make it brief the knowledge I'm getting as a fan doesn't ruin the music but sometimes tempers the good feelings, particularly the baggage behind songs such as Surfs Up and H&V

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