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Larry,

I'm a huge fan of the use of organ in rock music.  That's one of the reasons I love Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, and Uriah Heep so much.  

Silas Stingy is one of the few times The Who use an organ.  Plus, it's got that John Entwistle humor.  
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That really is the kindest interpretation of the lyrics, Larry, that Brian is thinking of the Beach Boys when he sings 'the Last Song'.  But...does that interpretation bear any scrutiny at all?  I mean, if he's thinking of Mike and Bruce, he doesn't have to wish there was a way to talk to them, because, there's a phone.  duh.  or 'sing to you'.  same difference.  Mike would not mind some with-Brian gigs I would guess, he would like them, if he could check his schedule first...  Brian would probably need some alternative dates in mind.  but bingo, there's now enough time for the ones that you love.  if it's Mike...or Bruce.

Is it Dennis and Carl, maybe?  That would explain the impossible wish to sing with them again.  But not the hold on tight there's still time if we take it slow, part.  Unless, maybe, Brian is sitting at an Ouija board?  Maybe one can 'talk to the spirits' if 'we take it slow'.  so as you know, not to scare away the spirits.  But...he's never felt this way before.  What way?  that he won't sing with the Beach Boys again?  I bet he felt that way plenty of times, didn't he?  so, that can't be it.  

Could it be to us fans?  Brian is going to stop singing for us, and it makes him sad?  But he sings a lot of times since then, and even with no records, we'll keep playing them.  So I don't think that's it either. Besides at the first, he was saying that there was still time for us, so let's take it slow, wouldn't you give your hand to a friend, think of him as a friend, and Brian thinks we can make it, one more time, if we try, one more time for all the old times on adult contemporary radio...one more time...


Yes, realistically, Joe was thinking only a generic lover pending likely break-up for most of the song, nothing more profound or original than that.



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You make an interesting case, but I respectfully disagree about what the lyrics mean or might mean. I don't think song lyrics generally deserve close textual analysis. For example, is there any significance to the fact that these lyrics include both "sing with you" and "sing to you"? No doubt Brian has sung with and to lots of people, including the Beach Boys. Or was that difference in the two lyrics simply carelessness?

But the title of "The Last Song" and some of the sentiments expressed have led many to believe that the lyrics refer, at least in part, to Brian's feelings about the Beach Boys and their final performances as a group.

The song's meaning (if any) came up in Brian's interview with Billboard last year:

Brian: "This record is about love and understanding. It opens with a prayer, “This Beautiful Day,” and closes with a prayer, “The Last Song.” I start out by praying that this beautiful day, with sunshine melodies and heavenly harmonies, lasts forever. The final tune prays that if we hold on tight, it will all be all right — all the anxieties eased, all the fears erased. It ends in hope."

Q: Are you singing to your brothers Carl and Dennis, both of whom have passed on? To your dad? Your mom? Your former bandmates?

Brian:  "I’m singing to everyone...."

Q: Do you see loss as a major theme in your work?

Brian:  "Loss for sure, but also gain. There’s sadness in my work. But I’ve also gained a feeling of sentimentality. I feel that I’ve earned that emotion. It’s beautiful to look back, and when you do -- and if you’re honest -- you face the truth. Beautiful memories mingle with moments of pain. People lost. Relationships shattered. But then relationships renewed. Long nights of darkness followed by a new day."

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6524001/brian-wilson-no-pier-pressure-album-love-and-mercy-biopic-exclusive-premiere

Brian says a lot of different things in interviews, and what he says isn't always consistent (in fact, I'd say he's rarely consistent). It may be best to interpret this and many others of his songs as simply the expression of emotions and feelings, some of which relate to real events. My first impression of this song was that it was directed to the Beach Boys and to his fans. It still sounds that way to me. But maybe that's just the way one listener finds meaning in the song.


Here's another favorite. It was selected by a former California girl (she's an actual native Californian who still lives a few miles from the beach). The title seems appropriate right now. By the way, it's this group's most played song on Spotify, so it must be a favorite of other people too:

Roxy Music, "More Than This", Avalon, 1982

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Brian sounds articulate in your quoted interview.  More thoughtful than Joe.  Joe is his friend, no doubt, and his capable live show recorder.  But artistically...it's not so different than Paul and Linda M...

This is the first time I've said it but it's true: I prefer "Last Song" by Edward Bear. 
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"The Last Song" is a popular title. The All-American Rejects, Rihanna, Foo Fighters and Elton John, among others, have all recorded something or other called "The Last Song". And then proceeded to record other songs.

Brian is indeed very eloquent in that interview. And not as terse as he sometimes is.

Fitting with the relative quiet of this week's proceedings so far (five voters in three days and few favorites of any kind whatsoever being posted), here someone else's favorite I didn't use this week:

"Claire de Lune", which means "moonlight", is the third and most famous movement of Claude Debussy's Suite bergamasque for piano. Debussy originally called this movement "Promenade Sentimentale".



Next up, the soothing sound of crickets....
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I miss t and Al's regular musical contributions around here.  Just sayin'.

The 70's was a great decade to be born,  I checked out my 70's favourites and pulled out these.


Lynyrd Skynyrd "Free Bird".




Elton John "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding". 


 

Graham Bonnet, covering Dylan.  "It's All Over Now Baby Blue".




Dragon "April Sun in Cuba". 




And of course, Blondie, although this was just a few days into the 80's.













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GOLD for the Who - I need to pull the vinyl out & give it a spin! 

SILVER to Brian Wilson

BRONZE to KD Lang 

The coveted TIN - Jim Carroll

So many favorite songs....

Okay....the LP version has disappeared from YouTube(!), so here's a live one:
King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man


The Who - The Amazing Journey/Sparks


XTC - Extrovert


Del Shannon - Runaway


Gene Pitney - Mecca


Searchers - I Pretend I'm with You


World of Oz - Peter's Birthday (Black & White Rainbows)


Amboy Dukes - You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire


Andrea Carroll - The Doo Lang



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Bonnie, 

Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding is my all time favorite Elton John song.  

Speaking of Graham Bonnett, here's a stellar track from his lone album in Rainbow, Eyes of the World. 



Soon after Rainbow, he formed a group called Alcatrazz with Ritchie Blackmore devotee Yngwie Malmsteen

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bonnie -- Thanks especially for that Blondie video, which suggests Deborah Harry was a California girl at heart, not a sophisticated urbanite (she actually grew up in a New Jersey suburb). For future reference, it should be noted that Blondie has never had a song in the Battle.

By the way, we did a week of "Seventies Favorites" about two years ago:

http://brianwilson.websitetoolbox.com/post/botb-season-5-week-16-seventies-favorites-6926749


t -- Thanks for your votes and more favorites (like some of bonnie's) that I've never heard before (or heard of, like Graham Bonnet).

Oddly, it looks like Del Shannon has never been in the battle either.

Hearing "Runaway" again reminded me of that great 80's TV show Crime Story, which introduced former cop Dennis Farina to the world. It was extremely cool when they used a new version as the show's theme song:



It was the 80's, so they made a video too:



Hearing Andrea Carroll reminded me of my favorite Lesley Gore song, "Maybe I Know" (1964). 



Might there be more favorites (including obscure ones) on the way this week?

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Here are the last two favorite songs people told me about. The two people in question are both in their upper 20s.

The Band, "The Weight", Music From Big Pink, 1968



Foo Fighters, "Learn to Fly", There Is Nothing Left To Lose, 1999




So far this week: Almost four days gone, only six voters and two songs are tied (hint: it's not "The Last Song" and "People Who Died").


PS -- My favorite Buffalo Springfield song that I'd forgotten Neil Young wrote even though he actually did:

"Do I Have To Come Right Out and Say It", Buffalo Springfield, 1966



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Here's quite possibly, my favorite career killing single by any group. Building on their regional hit "Little Bird" (as seen in the T.A.M.I. Show film), and their #55 nationally charting hit "Are You a Boy, or Are You a Girl" (which went regionally Top 10 in Buffalo, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Pine Bluff (Arkansas), Montreal, Miami, Thunder Bay (Ontario), Burlington (Vermont), Denver, & Minneapolis/St. Paul) the suits at Laurie records decided THIS turkey (IMHO) would make a good followup[rolleyes]. It peaked nationally at #90.
The Barbarians - Moulty



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Larry,

I can vote now for you.

I like a battle where I can have a two for the top and two for the bottom and work out some votes.  The top two are clear for me but very close.

Gold - kd lang Hallelujah.  She can sing the lights off of anything.  It's a grand song to begin with.  I like the music theory of it as well (in the lyric)!  I'm always more familiar with the J. Buckley version.  It's too good to go any other place this week.

Jeff B:


kd using her voice:


Silver - Brian.  It's a grand song that no one knows about (except we here).  It was close between the two.

Bronze to the band that is interesting (JCB) from a time that I was struggling with musically (late 70's / early 80's).  Lyrics are depressing but the track is brilliant.  Make me want to hear more. 

Tinner to The Who this week.  I just got kind of snoozy listening to it.  I'm NOT familiar with the album but always enjoyed the cover of it.   

Not really faves but some tunes to listen to:
I heard this new Regina Spektor this week:

Heard this LIVE this summer and LOVED it, Sarah Jarosz:

Jenny in specs:

Look up her work post Rilo:

A Jenny roll roll now I am on.  I heard the Rabbit Fur Coat concert this past winter in the City:


Nice battle, Larry! 

 


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This peaked nationally in August 1966....'bubbling under' at #102. But it went to a more than respectable #3 in Cleveland, obviously a local favorite (I think they were from Youngstown).
The Distant Cousins - She Ain't Lovin' You


Here's my favorite single by a bunch of cops from Akron:
Harvey Russell & the Rogues - Shake Sherry (Contours cover)


Favorite psychedelic single written by future game show host Chuck Woolery, & performed by Avant Garde, of which he was a member. You can't make this stuff up...
Avant Garde - Naturally Stoned


Another local favorite....cover bands in town STILL cover this nationally non-charting, but a local #6 hit from February 1973:
Circus - Stop, Wait & Listen

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My favorite votes:

Gold: Hallelujah - k.d. lang - I prefer Leonard's version but k.d. does an excellent version of it here also.

Silver: Last Song - Brian Wilson

Bronze: People Who Died  - Jim Carroll Band

Tin: Sunrise - The Who has some awesome songs but this one only works for me if I have a bad case of insomnia.

In memory of Buddy Holly on what would have been his 80th birthday this week here is one of my favorite songs of his.


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Thanks for your votes, Al & Popeye, including two statements on the sleep-inducing power of "Sunrise". (Personally, I think it's gorgeous.)

Popeye -- I also referenced Buddy's birthday earlier this week. So many great songs, it was hard to pick "most favorite", so I didn't even try.

Al -- I listened to Jim Carroll's album Catholic Boy for the first time last week. Not bad, but "People Who Died" is clearly the standout track. For those who don't know, Carroll was also a poet and author. His memoir The Basketball Diaries was made into a movie starring the young Leonard DiCaprio. Despite the scary drug culture in which Carroll lived and which is the basis for "People Who Died", he himself made it to the age of 60.

t -- More on Moulty from the person who posted the song:

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The song features "Barbarians" drummer/singer Victor "Moulty" Moulton on lead vocals telling his story. However, the musician backing Moulton were "The Hawks" who later became Bob Dylan's backing band "The Band". Moulton was infuriated when the record label released the song after promising Moulton they would not release it without his consent.

It's nice to see you getting into the spirit of the week with "your favorite single from a bunch of cops in Akron", etc. I had forgotten "Naturally Stoned", which must have gotten airplay in Los Angeles around 1968, although I don't see any record of it.


Also in the spirit of the week, this is my favorite track from Surfer Blood's 2010 album Astro Coast that isn't "Floating Vibes":

"Take It Easy"



Plus my favorite song by a band with a highly misleading name and a highly descriptive title for their debut album. It seems wrong that neither of the two band members are or ever have been girls. 

Girls, "Laura", Album, 2009




With eight voters now, we have another tie (same hint: it's not between "The Last Song" and "People Who Died").

It's mostly us Americans voting so far. If this is in reaction to my least favorite candidate for President ever having a bit of success in recent polls, all I can say is that many people will come to their senses by November.

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