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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: FINALLY! on: December 06, 2021, 03:13:26 PM
I’m confused.  Hearing a cover band doing I Can Hear Music on a commercial is a “FINALLY” moment?
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is it fair to call for an artist to quit? on: December 02, 2021, 03:23:45 PM
Years ago, I had an opportunity to see Frank Sinatra perform in his later years but did not go. I’ve regretted it ever since. I should have gone, not because he was at peak form, but because Frank Sinatra is - FRANK SINATRA!!!  If Sinatra wanted to perform in public, who the hell am I to tell him to quit?

I saw Brian Wilson in concert in Rochester New York in October. Did I expect “the best performance I’ve ever witnessed in my life”?  No, I did not.  I expected to see BRIAN FUCKING WILSON!!!  The most integral part of my musical life, and I consider it a great honor that he allowed me to see him and hear him, though he is 79 years old.  

If you don’t like his concerts, don’t go. If you can’t garner enjoyment from him doing something like “Honeycomb” on a release, don’t buy it.

To me, I just want him to be happy as often as possible.
3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2019 Brent Wilson Documentary) on: November 28, 2021, 02:44:38 PM
I just watched the documentary and have to say that I am overwhelmed emotionally. I cried at several points. Seeing Brian recording in the studio was a joyous experience for me. And I have to say that I’m kind of ashamed of the occasional criticism of Brian’s vocals, or performance, or songwriting that occur when people review “Brian Wilson”.  He is 79 years old.  He will never again sound like he did when he was 22 or 33 or 60. He has trouble walking around. Brian won’t do another Pet Sounds, I’m fairly sure.  But, my lord, he has given me more joy in my life that any other artist, by far.  To simply see him and hear him, that’s enough for me.  The guy is still LIVING, for goodness sake.  Look at what the man has given all of us, for nearly 60 years!  I truly love this man and thank him for giving me so many happy moments in my life. God bless Brian.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2019 Brent Wilson Documentary) on: November 20, 2021, 05:07:23 AM
Amy - nice to hear from you!  Hope you’re doing well…
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Movie Posters For Nonexistent Beach Boys Films on: November 17, 2021, 05:38:29 PM
Fab - ironically, I’m watching “2010” as I type this and just heard “my God it’s full of stars!”

Anyway, I love the poster idea! Well done!
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Who here wants a Beach Boys version of Disney+'s 'Get Back'? on: November 15, 2021, 01:44:44 PM
Beach Boys version could be “Getcha Back” or maybe “Watch Your Back”!!!
7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: October 27, 2021, 02:43:46 PM
I think Jack did about all he could in the shiitshow that is “Beach Boys politics”.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Brian music this Friday ? on: October 19, 2021, 12:47:56 PM
Thanks for posting that, Rocker!
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2021/2022 Tour Thread on: October 11, 2021, 05:20:40 AM
I saw Brian at the Kodak Center in Rochester last night! Very nice venue, with approximately 60% of the seats taken. But a very enthusiastic crowd, including me screaming like a banshee! Brian was in great form, took a lot of leads and seemed very engaged generally.  It didn’t look like Brian played at all while at the piano but that’s expected. Al didn’t have to jump in mid-song to bail him out, lol.  Blonde didn’t appear on stage till past the mid-point and sang Feel Flows, Long Promised Road and Sail on Sailor before again leaving the stage for a bit.  Al did Rhonda and had a couple of other leads.  Matt nailed Don’t Worry Baby and was in great form, as was Darian for his leads on Darlin and one other.  Great band, that goes without saying.  Brian only looked disinterested during Barbara Ann, can’t say I blame him.  Blondie roamed the stage when he didn’t have a lead and Brian kind of looked at him like “ok, this guy is weird!”  Add Some Music was beautiful and Al mentioned the box set when introducing Blondie for Feel Flows. Absolutely a great night!  Oh, I also saw a guy wearing a Bruce Johnston “Going Public” shirt - I told him there were probably more T-shirts sold for that album than actual album sales, he laughed and said “that’s cruel but probably true!”
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Brian music this Friday ? on: October 08, 2021, 05:23:44 PM
That is an amazing photo!!!
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The 2020 mix of \ on: October 05, 2021, 06:32:10 PM
You’re raining on my parade! Lol!
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The 2020 mix of \ on: October 05, 2021, 02:08:47 PM
One of my favorite songs, this gets stuck in my head occasionally. “Three lit-tle girls came skip-ping through the park, talk-ing bout little boys and getting home before it’s dark”!  Pure bliss!
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson - 2021/2022 Tour Thread on: October 04, 2021, 02:10:32 PM
Got my ticket to see Brian this coming Sunday in Rochester!  May very well be my last chance to see him, i can’t wait!!!
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 20, 2021, 03:49:22 PM
You know what THAT means!
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 19, 2021, 06:01:53 PM
Rocker - I will pray that you find money under a couch cushion!!!
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: New Brian music this Friday ? on: September 18, 2021, 07:39:15 AM
God must’ve smiled the day Brian Wilson was born!
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 'CHAOS' The new Manson book on: September 15, 2021, 07:55:44 AM
I agree about the blind spot that many fans have about Dennis.  You rarely find a negative comment about anything related to Dennis, including his music.  Can you imagine Al Jardine going home at the end of a tour and talking to his wife about how f’d up the guys in the band are?
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 05, 2021, 07:06:22 PM
Dutch Treat
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 04, 2021, 12:27:16 PM
If they attempt a Summer in Paradise box set, all three of Mark, Alan and Howie may need a therapist…
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 03, 2021, 12:02:15 PM
“Sail On, Sailor” UNINSPIRED??? Yikes! 
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: September 01, 2021, 05:33:56 PM
99% lock is pretty confident, considering it’s The Beach Boys…
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 31, 2021, 09:52:39 AM
Day 5 of having this box and it’s still blowing me away. And most people are oblivious to the existence of this music.  Only a select few “get it” but those numbers will grow as time passes.  Thanks to all involved. And Steve Desper is the unsung hero of this music.
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 30, 2021, 10:45:21 AM
Just a random comment.  

These guys were obviously paying attention in the studio in the years prior to ‘69 and ‘70.  They picked up on the harmony stuff they’d heard/ performed with/from Brian. These vocals are what we will hear when we pass through the gates of heaven!
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 28, 2021, 05:10:20 AM
The importance of this set to my inconsequential existence.

I first became a Beach Boys fan when my brother Tom came into my room in 1970, placed headphones on my noggin, and set to spinning a Warner Brothers sampler LP on my turntable, The Big Ball.  He played This Whole World and that was it!  The band appeared on The David Frost show and I saw them perform Vegetables, Forever and Falling in Love.  He and I went to Bob Hyatt Stereo in Rochester NY and I bought Sunflower.  Didn’t know Brian from Carl.  A year later I bought Surf’s Up on the day it hit the stores, after having heard it previewed on East coast AM radio giant WKBW out of Buffalo NY - they played Student Demonstration Time and Disney Girls several times, overlaying their interjection of “WKBW exclusive” in the midst of each song to keep it from being booted.  So, those two albums got me rolling.

I became very involved with this band - did my two wacky newsletters and made friends all over the world, several of whom have since passed. And I’ve been waitin eagerly, as have we all, for this box set.

I very badly wanted to get this set as soon as the record store opened yesterday.  I had called on the 26th and was told “we have it but can’t sell it till tomorrow”.  Store opens at 10AM, I arrive at 9:30 wearing a Brian T-shirt, looking like an old idiot, but who cares.  Door opens at 10, I go inside - “we don’t have it, try again Monday “.  WHAT?Huh? This store is 35 miles from my home, no big deal, but WAIT TILL MONDAY?  No freaking way!!!

I return home and call every record store reasonably near me.  No dice.  Though, one guy did say “I’m actually listening to the set on Spotify as we talk!”  I finally locate a store who had the 5CD set, asked them to reserve it for me, and headed out on my quest to North Olmsted, Ohio (well I’m goin back this summer, to OHIO).  A scant 260 mile journey! But I’VE GOT TO GET THIS TODAY!!!

I arrive and there is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a long time, Feel Flows!  Laid down my cash and went to my car and started with disc 5 and listened to the set on the 4 hour drive home. 

Mind blown!

Mind blown!

Mind BLOWN!!!!!

The highlights are -

EVERYTHING!!!

Thank you to all involved in this.  Thank you thank you thank you!!!
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Feel Flows box set on: August 26, 2021, 01:57:29 PM
The box set of 5 cd’s is sitting in a record store 35 miles away… I’m gonna be there when they open their doors at 10AM eastern time here in the USA.

The Sunflower album was the one that got me started on the Beach Boys. And Surf’s Up was the first album I bought as a new release…

I’m frantic….
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