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MaryNYS

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Hi all,

This week's song is Summer's Gone form TWGMTR.  It is a song reminding us that every season comes to an end.  I hope that everyone had a good summer.  

 
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Such a sad song.  One of the saddest 'the boys' ever recorded...

It just struck me at the time, and it still does, that 'it's' almost over.  It was if the song, and that specific mood which it creates, was a foretelling of the demise of the recently reunited purveyors of the California/All summer long myth...and of the myth itself.

No...It's not so much that this specific summer's gone.  It's more that what we dreamed about/hoped for...and many of those who we shared those dreams and hopes with are gone.

And what we're left with?  ...Will soon be ... just ... the lonely sea.

Sad.

Thanks Mary.  You reminded me that TWGMTR is a better album than many of us give it credit for.  Hey!!!!  No album is really 'perfect'.
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"Summer's Gone" - I can only imagine how that song affected you and every other long-time BW/BB fan, Lee.  I would’ve rejoiced at the music, but been heartbroken by the (presumed) meaning.  It sure must’ve seemed the final word from the guys.  Because I was late to that party, it was just a great (sad) song.  Brian's got a way of putting you in a mood - or, more accurately, bringing your own oft-buried thoughts to the forefront.  That entire suite of Brian Wilson songs on the 'second side' of the LP just knocks my socks off.  

There was an article in the May 2012 Newsweek about TWGMTR and C50.  The writer contrasted the two LP sides quite well, using his extensive interview with Joe Thomas as support:

"Nostalgic escapism dominates Side 1, largely because of (Mike) Love. "The rest of Radio, however, is about confronting the present rather than escaping it—and it is mostly Wilson’s work. His finest songs—“Strange World,” “From There to Back Again,” “Pacific Coast Highway,” “Summer’s Gone”—close out the second side. According to Thomas, they form a suite of sorts: a ‘reflection of California from the standpoint of a guy who’s almost 70 years old, driving down the Pacific Coast Highway and thinking about his life.’ I can hear echoes of vintage Brian, but more than anything else, this sounds like Brian Wilson now: ‘realiz[ing]’ his ‘days are getting on’; ‘thinking about when life was still in front of’ him; acknowledging that ‘old friends are gone.’”

This was very interesting:

"When Wilson wrote ‘Summer’s Gone,’ back in 1999, his plan, says Thomas, ‘was to make that the last song on the last Beach Boys record.’ He even wanted to call the album Summer’s Gone, in case anyone missed the point. But Wilson ‘had so much fun with Mike and the guys,’ Thomas explains, ‘that he insisted on changing the title. He didn’t want the stigma that it had to be [the final LP].’ Thomas claims that Wilson has more than enough material for another album, including ‘10 to 12 vignettes’ that were edited out of the closing suite but ‘fit completely perfectly’ together. ‘I’m hoping someday that it will come out in its entirety,’ he says. ‘The whole suite, as it was always intended.’"

Of course, we found some of that music on "No Pier Pressure" - but the lyrics were likely tailored to Brian's (revised) vision at the time.  Could be there's more of the suite still in the vault.

There's (much) more to that interview - I'll try to remember to call it up at a later time.  Very interesting how Joe's recollection of the making of TWGMTR contrasts so sharply with Mike's (very negative) version in his autobiography.

Good SOW choice, Mary.

 


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One of the lovely BW solos.


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What an appropriate choice, Mary as, according to the calendar, summer does end this week.  
As summer is my favorite season, I always feel a touch of sadness this time of year, and I think the coda to the BB recording career perfectly captures that feeling.  The nights get a little cooler, leaves start to fall, the sun starts going down sooner, and you begin to brace for cooler weather.  No more sitting outside until the light fades at 8:30 or later.  No more trips to the beach.  

I've felt the sting even more so this year.  The summer of 2017 was very stressful summer with selling and buying a house, moving, and now making repairs to the new house.  I really don't feel like I got a chance to enjoy summer, and now that things are finally starting to slow down a bit, the season is winding down.  

Luckily, even though this week is technically the first weekend of autumn, they're calling for temps in the low 80s for my region, so I'm going to take the chance this weekend to enjoy it.  
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Great choice. Now, I am realizing a deeper meaning in the song that all makes sense now: Summer's Gone, figurative language for a goodbye. Someone a while back said that they didn't think it was a goodbye because in PCH, Brian says goodbye. But now thinking about it, Summer's Gone has a deeper meaning and very well could end up being the final goodbye, sadly. We shall find out
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Originally Posted by BeachBoysAR312
Great choice. Now, I am realizing a deeper meaning in the song that all makes sense now: Summer's Gone, figurative language for a goodbye. Someone a while back said that they didn't think it was a goodbye because in PCH, Brian says goodbye. But now thinking about it, Summer's Gone has a deeper meaning and very well could end up being the final goodbye, sadly. We shall find out


It's a very fitting end to a storied studio career for a legendary band.  

It really took on an extra meaning when I saw it used in the Doin It Again documentary when the lyric "old friends are gone" is played when discussing Dennis & Carl's deaths.  
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