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Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Be My Baby (The Ronettes - 1963)
Just a great record. And, yes, as Pete said back in Season III, Carnie & Wendy must be really sick of it! My show does this one so I have heard the song countless times. It would still win most of my weeks here. So influential and so used. Remember in Moonlighting when David Addison and Maddie Hayes got it on for the first time? This started playing!

Silver - The Warmth of the Sun (Brian Wilson - 1995)
Melancholic and beautiful in its original form. Just going here.

Bronze - The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow) (The Beach Boys - 1966-67/2011)
Well, I did see Brian’s band do this live (front row, middle seat, actually). And didn’t enjoy it much then either.

Participant - Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin - 1924)
I prefer the bohemian one. Sounds like I'm listening to a Bugs Bunny cartoon. A long one with no dialogue or laughs. Can I say that? Nevertheless, obviously a remarkably influential piece, but would I seek it out to play? I’d rather listen to ‘Daisy Petal Pickin’’ than this. There are plenty of Gershwin tracks I do like.

Even at this early stage, I’m tipping you’ve picked the Bronze Play-Off winner, Cindy. Hence, I reckon three of these will go through. 

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Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear.  A guy who gets it.

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-bridge-between-beach-boys-great-brian-wilson-and-noah-lennox-aka-panda-bear










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Wishing Brian Wilson on his 74th birthday, here is a rendition of ‪#‎LoveAndMercy‬ off his debut solo album 'Brian Wilson'.
The cover features various arranged sections that include The Beach Boys' trademarks like harmonies and melodic bass lines.
Instruments/roles played - Kurzweil synthesiser, Guitar, Bass, Arrangements, Chromatic Harmonica, Production/Studio, Vocals.
 
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another extremely difficult week for me, since I love three of the four songs, and like the other one, that won Brian's grammy.  So, sorry to cop out again, but I vote tie for the three because I don't see where they could have been improved, and the only 4th place to 'Fire'.  I don't hate 'Fire', in fact, it does resonate in the mind musically, especially those lines that repeat in 'Fall Breaks & Back to Winter (W.Woodpecker Symphony). 
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Regarding 'Blue', I do have one question that Darren or Hal or Al might know, and that is, when Brian's record includes a bit of 'Rhapsody in Blue' after 'Crush on You' and then immediately, drums pound into a perfect Beach Boys version of "I Got Rhythm', who first thought of that  ?   Was it Brian or Paul M.?    It's really quite brilliant.
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I think this week has given me a theme for the next time I host. (It won't be Birthdays, Happiness or Brian, however.) (Or Cake.)

In that vein:

(American) Spring, "This Whole World" & "Good Time", Spring, 1972





PS -- thanks for the Panda Bear, bonnie
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A couple more indie bands heavily inspired by Brian.


Starting with this very beautiful song. "Lost My Head" from The Explorers Club.  Enjoy a very Beach Boys sound!




Another from them, "Safe Distance".  






And two from Neutral Milk Hotel, "The King of Carrot Flowers", parts one, two, and three.











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Why have I never heard this before?


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  Season 7 Week 18..Happy Birthday Brian

                  My Picks this week are

                 1)Be my Baby.....Like Brian i love this oldie

                 2)Warmth of the Sun...Great early track.always intrigued by the Kennedy connection

                  3)Fire.........Perhaps The Beach Boys most unusual track that creates an eery feeling !

                  4)Rhapsody in Blue...as great as it is it just doesnt appeal to me !


                                                 very diverse selections Cindy !
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Behold, my Brian's Birthday Bash Ballot:

GOLD -- George Gershwin, Rhapsody In Blue -- Such a long, self-indulgent piece. Wait a minute...isn't that something like what pundits used to say about someone else around his creative peak. Hmmm? Anyone?...Anyone?....(nope, not Bueller, but what the heck):




SILVER -- Brian Wilson, The Warmth of the Sun -- The original is more melancholy and wistful, but it still holds some emotion with Brian's lower register. 

BRONZE -- The Beach Boys, Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow) -- For purely historical - not hysterical - reasons. 

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 Leave it to those clueless Grammy folks to award the King of Rock'n'Roll Harmony his first Grammy....for an instrumental!!


Amen, bedford -- and Elvis only won once or twice for his gospel music. Rockin' Elvis was some kind of hologram to them that didn't really exist.

TIN -- Be My Baby, The Ronettes -- Guess I'm about as tired of this as Carnie and Wendy were. And I'm probably one of the few females that didn't understand the big whoop-dee-doo over the movie "Dirty Dancing", which opened with it.  

Looks like Brian is having a relaxing week. Thanks for hosting the birthday party, Cindy! 
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Speaking of that song and opening credits: "Mean Streets", 1973



Brian's Facebook page has a link to a review of the Tanglewood concert in Massachusetts on Sunday:

http://wnpr.org/post/brian-wilson-does-tanglewood#stream/0

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For me, the “Pet Sounds” high point -- if that’s even the right term -- was the often-overlooked "I Guess I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" Elvis Presley once called Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” the saddest song ever written. I beg to place “I Guess….” in nomination.

He didn't get the title quite right, but close enough.

Hank Williams, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", 1949



Maybe Elvis never heard this one.

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Well, I might as well toss my votes in the ring while I'm here.

Granted, my two faves of the 4 had me in quite a quandary.  But, after a long battle with myself, I finally made my choices.

GOLD:  Brian Wilson for Warmth of the Sun.  Whether it's the original BB's version or Brian's, the song just has such a beauty that is timeless - a comforting and relaxing piece that is so reminiscent of a beautiful sunset.  

SILVER:  And by a hair that it's in 2nd place, The Ronettes for Be My Baby.  This one is a GREAT 60's record that has transcended the decades in music history.  It has such a happy mood to it that I have to agree with Brian on this.  

BRONZE:  George Gershwin for Rhapsody In Blue.  Beautiful, but getting me in the right kind of mood to listen to something so slow and purely instrumental, is a rare feat.  Beautiful though.

TIN/PEWTER:  Beach Boys for Mrs. O'Leary's Cow - Element - Fire.  Of all of the ground-breaking and beautiful music that Brian has written and performed, the Grammy panel chose this one for the award.  Who'd a thunk it?  I can never listen to this in all it's entirety.  It makes me a nervous wreck!

My final answer.

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Larry, You said that Elvis stated that I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry was the saddest record.  
For the longest time, Willie Nelson's, Always On My Mind was it for me.  It still gets me teary eyed.  

Then, one day after I got so into the Beach Boys' music, I came across this one that actually had me sobbing.  Brian seemed to give a dying tree a soul and feelings about its impending demise.  That's why he's such a genius.





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My votes Cindy :

Gold - Rhapsody In Blue
Silver - Be My Baby
Bronze - Warmth Of The Sun
Tin - Mrs O'Leary-Fire song

Rhasody In Blue will probably still be played hundreds of years into the future .

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My votes, after much deliberation between Gold and Silver.


GOLD - TBB.  Okay, out of these songs, this is the only one that really captures me, and that is why I'm giving it Gold.  I remember hearing it for the first time and being so spooked that I had to stop it playing.  It is most certainly an instrumental that holds a lot of power (fires starting all over L.A? ... not surprised).  This piece IS fire!  Ouch!  I happen to love fire, so that's kinda handy.  [smile]  ("Mrs O'Leary's Cow" is an odd other-title for this song, I imagine a song called "Mrs O'Leary's Cow" would plod along somewhat.  What does a swinging udder sound like?)


SILVER - The Ronettes.  What I really like about this song is the tin can sound, like they're coming from a slightly spooky, otherworldly place.   In fact, it's the strange far away sound that takes it from a good song to a great one for me.  What's missing?  It doesn't capture me for 2.44 unless I can watch Ronnie and the girls singing as well (because they are captivating).  However, having inspired "Don't Worry Baby", I will be forever grateful that it came to be.


BRONZE - Gershwin.  It has taken me a while to learn to appreciate this, being, A) not born in 1901, and B) not being a genius and all.  It's actually a lot of fun once your ears become accustomed to it.  Makes me feel like I'm at the movies, or when it speeds up, watching a Disney cartoon.  Probably wouldn't work as a remix with J Shlub or Bone Heads out of Harmony.


TIN - Brian.  I LOVE the original of this song, as most of us do.  Not this one though.  I'd never heard it before, and unfortunately I felt like it dripped along, and made me miss the original!  Upon attuning my earlugs to the actual original, I found I could not go back to this one.  Sorry to say a Brian song drops, or rather drips, to the bottom of the heap this week.







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