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Cindy Hood

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Today is Brian's 74th birthday and I've selected 4 songs that are either Brian's best, Brian's faves or music that influenced his musical career.  It's all about Brian today!

Here they are:

1.  Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin.  This is the first song that Brian really ever listened to and loved.  In an interview several years ago, he'd said he heard this playing at his grandmother's house when he was about 2 years old.


2.  Warmth of the Sun - Brian Wilson.  Brian's own composition, written in 1963 and recorded with the Beach Boys.  It's been said that they finished it the night before JFK was assassinated, November 22, 1963.


3.  Be My Baby by the Ronettes.  A 1960's gem written by Phil Spector.  Brian fell in love with it to the point of obsession, playing it over and over again.  Brian had said that it inspired his writing Don't Worry Baby, a big hit for the Beach Boys.  In the 1990's, I was driving home from work one day and this song was playing.  After the song ended, the DJ said, "Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys said  this is the best song ever written".
 

4.  Element: Fire - Mrs. O'Leary's Cow The Beach Boys (SMiLE Sessions).  Brian won a Grammy award for this one in 2013.  

"The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set) won the 2013 GRAMMY for "Best Historical Album" on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Recipients of the award included Brian Wilson, Alan Boyd, Mark Linett & Dennis Wolfe, as compilation producers and Mark Linett for mastering engineer.

Brian was nominated for a GRAMMY for "Best Pop Vocal Album" in 2005 for his solo version of "SMiLE" and was a winner for "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow (Fire)" for Best Rock Instrumental." 



Have a great day listening to these tracks in this week's contest and why don't you have a slice of chocolate cake while you're at it, to celebrate the Big Guy's Big Day!







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Brian- Warmth of the Gold
George-Rhapsody in Silver
Ronettes-Bronze My Baby
Boys de le Beach-Cats on a hot tin roof.

Happy Birthday Brian.  Thanks for the gifts.
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Gold - Warmth of the Sun - Not quite my favorite version, but the song is tied with Surf's Up as my favorite BB song.  

Silver - Ronettes - I almost made this my gold.  

Bronze - The Beach Boys - the most evil sounding song the BB ever recorded..........until their disco version of Here Comes the Night

Tin - GG 
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Cindy Hood

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Since I saw this video several years ago, I've loved it.  

Brian & his band with guest Eric Clapton, singing Warmth of the Sun at Party at the Place to honor the Queen, 2004.

Not only is the song so exquisitely beautiful, but with the backdrop of an outdoor scene just after sunset, it's so captivating. 


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Cindy,

What a GREAT idea and GREATER choices of songs - nearly impossible but I HAVE to get my vote in now. 

Gold - you can't go anywhere but a GREAT piece of music by George Gershwin who could write in so many styles and if this inspired Brian, then go figure that the man is a composing genius (Brian and George Gershwin) as Genius LOVES company.  Of course it's Rhapsody in Blue.  Brilliant!!!  Maybe Brian is playing it today even - listening to HIS great inspirations. 

Silver goes to pop, pop-pop, BANG.  Another song that influenced Brian Wilson.  The Ronettes do Spector!

Bronze - and this KILLS me to put this at this position - Brian's solo take on The Warmth of the Sun, which is a song that melts anyone.  My problem is that the original IS the gold standard for me, but so glad that Brian revisited. 

Tin - to a song that STILL scares me.  The dissonance is incredible in this and it was his first Grammy, correct?  Go figure. 

You nailed it this week, Cindy, and celebrating the man and his birthday for the WEEK is a great concept and well thought out and played. So celebration week - well deserved:

When Brian met George:

Brian, enjoy some Freshmen today:

Brian going from dissonant to finding it - composer at work (Don't call us, we'll call you - Cathedral Sound):

(A scoop - listen to the end of Love and Mercy on tour now and you'll hear this at the end)
Are they still doing it - 2016?

Happy Birthday WEEK!

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Pretty easy week to vote:

GOLD to George Gershwin....without his influence, what would Brian's music sound like?

SILVER to the Beach Boys for Mrs. O'Leary's Cow. Al, Brian's solo version won the Grammy. Leave it to those clueless Grammy folks to award the King of Rock'n'Roll Harmony his first Grammy....for an instrumental!!

BRONZE to the Ronettes, actually singing a Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich/Phil Spector composition. Phil got his name tacked on to many compositions, so he'd receive a piece of the publishing pie, whether he actually had a hand in writing them. Dave Clark did the same to his band members, in many cases.

It seems a shame to give TIN to Warmth of the Sun. If it were the Boys version I'd have gone nuts trying to vote.

How about a Holiday in Waikiki for Brian:


Great theme Cindy!

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Cindy Hood

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Brian also had said in an interview that another one of his favorite songs by another artist was Too Much Heaven by the Bee Gee's.


Of course, Brian's listed a lot of other artist's songs as his favorite over the years.  He had a thing for Let It Be by the Beatles, but there is no way I'm going through the fiasco of trying to find a video of theirs anymore to post in the weekly battle.  Other artists music that inspired him over the years were the Four Freshman, Chuck Berry, among others.

Al, thank you for the very nice comments and so glad you are enjoying this week's selections, too!  As for your "pop, pop-pop, BANG" description of Be My Baby.. Don't Worry Baby as a very similar affect in it's intro, don't you think?

Thanks to kds and Lee for your votes also.  I used Brian's solo version of WOTS instead of the BB's version because that one had been used at least a couple of times and wanted this battle to be all about Brian.  

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Happy Birthday Brian!!!

1. Rhapsody in Blue

2. Fire

3. Warmth of the Sun

4. Be My Baby

And Many More!!!
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Hi all,

Gold - Warmth Of The Sun
Silver - Fire song
Bronze - Be My Baby
Tin - Rhapsody In Blue
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You've already got them in the right order for me

Gold Gershwin
Silver - Brian
Bronze - Rosettes
Tin - BBs
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Happy Birthday for yesterday Brian!! [smile] [smile] [smile] 

Very clear vote for me this week!


Gold: Be My Baby - The Ronettes 
Love it, love it, love it! A show that I perform in does this song. It's such a winner! A groovy beat and a catchy tune. Absolute gold!

Silver: Warmth of the SUn - Brian Wilson
It's a cutie of a song. Also way better than the last two.


Bronze: Rhapsody In Blue - George Gershwin
No song should go for 9 minutes... but this 9 minute song still makes me considerably less uncomfortable than the tin vote...

Tin: The other one...
Theysay that art is supposed to make you feel. Well this song certainly did that, but the "feeling" was... massive discomfort. I don't know what it is, but I don't know if I've ever disliked a song more. The sounds... the instruments... I couldn't sit in my chair without shuffling around! Ugh, what a song... This 2:41 felt considerably longer than the 9 minutes of "meh" during the George Gershwin song. Is there a vote lower than tin? I need a shower... this made me feel unclean.


My grandad left this morning to go to Canada for 3 months! Feeling very sentimental, so here's a Brian Banger as a bit of a tribute.


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After due consideration:

Gold -- Brian Wilson -- Wonderful song, nicely done

Silver -- The Ronettes -- It's lost some of its appeal for me as the years have gone by

Bronze -- George Gershwin -- Downgraded because of the old recording

Pewter -- The Beach Boys -- Great for what it is


Brian has said "Surfer Girl" is the first song he wrote. Two covers by appropriately young people:

Camila Ortiz



Beach Boys Smile (a British tribute band)



Thanks Cindy!
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bonnie bella

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Best week ever, Cindy, and a great idea to celebrate the week of Brian's birthday.

Where do I start?  With some early Brian and the boys.


"The Lonely Sea".  First time I heard this I almost cried.





"Let Him Run Wild".  I'm amazed Brian doesn't like his vocals here.





"Then I Kissed Her", A song I particularly enjoyed with Al on lead at the concert this year, also from the Summer Days and Summer Nights album.  A great Marilyn tribute in photos too.





And feedback from recent concerts is that Brian is digging this song at the moment.  Let it rip, Tina!





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Cindy Hood

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Here's one for the Birthday Boy.  Goes to show how well known and revered Brian is, that a more contemporary band like Barenaked Ladies wrote a song named Brian Wilson.  "Lying in bed just like Brian Wilson did.."

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Looks like Al needs a whole heap o' help with those bagpipes.  That ain't how it's done.  Where's Brian Barry when you need him?[nono][wink][biggrin]
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