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Deb#1

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I offer a birthday salute to Brian this week as he turns 75. 

Here are four tunes in honor of Brian’s 75th birthday that give a fanciful reply to the introspective musings about what life may hold in store from The Beach Boy’s song “When I Grow Up (to be a Man)”.  Four songs can’t possibly cover the questions posed here, so I tried to pick songs that I thought particularly applied to the events of Brian’s life.

“Will I settle down fast or will I first wanna travel the world?
  (Sixteen, seventeen)”
Catching almost a perfect wave just barely in his twenties, Brian really was sitting on top of the world:
The Beach Boys – “Catch a Wave”



“Now I'm young and free, but how will it be?
When I grow up to be a man?”
Not so young and free after a while:
The Beatles – “Help” (song starts 30 seconds in)


[Later Edit:  Darren posted an alternate version of “Help”. I too think his is better.  His post is right after mine, #2 in this thread.  It may garner a few more votes for the song.  Use whichever you would rather.]


“Will my kids be proud or think their old man is really a square?
 (Eighteen, nineteen)
When they're out having fun yeah, will I still wanna have my share?
 (Twenty, twenty-one)"
Yes, Brian’s still out there having his share, a surprise return to the road after so many years:
Willie Nelson – “On the Road Again”:


Here's a direct YouTube link if you have trouble with the above video:


“Will I love my wife for the rest of my life?
When I grow up to be a man?”
The best is still yet to be…
Glen Campbell – “Grow Old Along With Me”:

(One of the final songs written by John Lennon in 1980.  Glen Campbell released this version in 2008.)

I invite you to celebrate Brian’s big 75th along with me this week.

Song listing for this week:
The Beach Boys - Catch a Wave
The Beatles - Help
Willie Nelson - On the Road Again
Glen Campbell - Grow Old Along With Me

“When I Grow Up To Be A Man”
When I grow up to be a man

Will I dig the same things that turn me on as a kid?
Will I look back and say that I wish I hadn't done what I did?
Will I joke around and still dig those sounds
When I grow up to be a man?
Will I look for the same things in a woman that I dig in a girl?
(Fourteen, fifteen)
Will I settle down fast or will I first wanna travel the world?
(Sixteen, seventeen)
Now I'm young and free, but how will it be?
When I grow up to be a man?
Will my kids be proud or think their old man is really a square?
(Eighteen, nineteen)
When they're out having fun yeah, will I still wanna have my share?
(Twenty, twenty-one)
Will I love my wife for the rest of my life?
When I grow up to be a man?
What will I be when I grow up to be a man?
Won't last forever
It's kind of sad
Won't last forever
It's kind of sad


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Hi Deb. 

Which version of 'Help!' would you like us to critique - this live version or the actual studio version?

If it's the studio version, this is a clip from Vimeo that the copyright police haven't latched onto yet. 



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....and a belated Happy Birthday shout-out to Sir Paul McCartney, who turned 75 yesterday (all his troubles seemed..., er, never mind).

GOLD to The Beatles - Help! A classic.

SILVER for Glen Campbell - Grow Old Along With Me - Never heard this lovely version.

BRONZE to The Beach Boys - Catch a Wave - I miss the "bust your buns" from Sidewalk Surfin' (which I knew first).

TIN for Willie Nelson - On the Road Again - I'm more of a homebody.


This peaked at #26 in the USA (Billboard) during the Summer of 1969.
Birthday - Underground Sunshine


This peaked at #40 in the USA (Billboard) during the late Summer of 1963
Birthday Party - The Pixies Three




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Good morning, Deb!  I'm familiar with all of these songs, except one.

GOLD:  Grow Old Along With Me/Glen Campbell.  Beautiful lyrics.  I've heard the song before by another artist, probably Mary Chapin Carpenter's verson.  Beautiful song.

SILVER:  Help/The Beatles.  

BRONZE:  Catch A Wave/Beach Boys.  

TIN/PEWTER:  On The Road Again/Willie Nelson.  

My final answer.

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not all long-standing relationships endure the test of time
- here's an embittered look back at something precious that went wrong:
'you been tellin' me you're a genius
since you were seventeen...'
'the things you think are useless 
i can't understand...'
ouch!
can't imagine anyone thinking such thoughts...

here's a live 'un by some good 'uns,
which is out of sound / vision synch
and makes 'em more than ever like a muppet band.
anyway, it's a fab record
(though prob'ly best to skip the first few mr mis-trial seconds)
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Gold -- The Beatles -- whichever version

Silver -- The Beach Boys -- a good one

Bronze -- Willie Nelson -- way back

Tin -- Glen Campbell -- way, way back


Sufjan Stevens, "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross"


PS:

The Ronettes, "I Wonder"


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Deb#1

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Darren, I was actually thinking I had a version from the movie which is what I really wanted.  Then I realized I didn’t have that at all, (now I don’t think there is a version cut from the movie even available) and made a last minute substitution to what I posted.  As the Professor offered, I will take a vote for either version.  But to make things equivalent I’ll go ahead and add yours to my original post to give first readers a heads up.

Cindy, I agree with you about Mary Chapin Carpenter’s version.  I chose Glen for sentimental reasons.  I saw Mary Chapin Carpenter just about two weeks ago together with the Indigo Girls and Joan Baez on their Four Voices tour.  That was a rare combination.  We’re also planning to see Mary solo at Wolf Trap here in August.

t, I usually just let the hubby control the audio on long car trips but I took over Sunday.  I played a lot of Sir Paul.  After a while we stopped and bought a personal CD player (cheap Walkman knock off) so I could continue and not bug him.  Buzz kill. [rolleyes] Paul and Brian are Gemini twins.

And so segue to our other sir paul…

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not all long-standing relationships endure the test of time
- here's an embittered look back at something precious that went wrong:

Yeah, paul, relationships end in all of many which ways, with whimpers and bangs and nothings, too.  I don’t know if there is an ideal…we are all different.  Growing old comfortably with someone sounds good to me.  I do like the Love and Mercy movie.  But I can also see the other side.

I think Steely Dan rocks…

Professor, thanks for the links. I saw Ronnie last January.  Wow, she is still a force!
And thanks for the votes Cindy, Professor and t.


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Deb, I can vote early this time.

Tough group to sort!

Gold - to John and the Beatles = Help!
Silver - to Glen and John = Grow Old With Me (see below)
Bronze - tough to put this here - a GREAT record - The Beach Boys' Catch A Wave
Tin - to Willie and this is a classic as well!  On That Good Old Road Again



Happy Birthday to the BIG guy on Tuesday - almost is!

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bonnie bella

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Deb, nice idea for Brian this week.

Happy Birthday, Brian.  Bless you.


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1. 'Catch a Wave'  by the Boys  (musically wonderful, propulsive rhythm, driving organ, and of course, the cascading harp). 

2. 'Grow Old with Me' by Glen (wonder if it's more Scottish to spell with only one 'n')

3. 'Help' by the Beatles  (I mean, how 'old' could John have felt in...1965? gimme a break, self-pitying 20-something year-old millionaire. ha).

4. 'On the Road Again' by Willie long-hair pot-smoking country guy
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John B -- But what if Brian had written or sung these lyrics in 1965? 

When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody's help in any way
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me, get my feet back on the ground
Won't you please, please help me

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
My independence seems to vanish in the haze
But every now and then I feel so insecure
I know that I just need you like I've never done before


The Ronettes, "When I Saw You"


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good question, Professor. 

answer could be I'm a hypocrite.  ha  no, make that a Beach-Boys supremacist.

not even a fan of the movie, 'Help.'  almost borderline racist isn't it about the bad brown people and their in-civil ways?  
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"Beach Boys supremacist"! Excellent.

"Help" isn't one of my favorite Beatles songs and, although I must have seen it, the only thing I remember about the movie is that it was in color. 

The Electric Prunes, "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)"


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Funny how we essentially stay the same person our whole lives.

Tame Impala "Yes I'm Changing".



And one thing to watch out for in life, the Karma Police.  You can't see them, but they are everywhere.  Thanks for the reminder, Radiohead.


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Sorry...A busy last couple of days as I prepare to take a trip. I'll be gone and won't likely be on-line again 'til a week today.  I don't/won't own a portable phone...a texter...a tweeter...or an ask what's-her-face a questioner...let alone a portable computer of any shape or size.

So...let me vote...while sitting squarely on my bottom in front of an old fashioned monitor screen...It's the only way I 'fly'.

Gold...Glen.  Yup. 
Silver...The boys...although I actually prefer the "bust yer buns/bust yer buns" rendition by Berry and Torrence.
Bronze...John.  T'was likely that it might have been even better served as a ballad.  It was a lament after-all.
Willie.  A good tune...but perhaps a tad more disposable than the first 3...especially 2nd and 3rd.

4 goodies Deb.  Gold was easy.  The next 3?  Very VERY close.
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