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HAL2591

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Midnight's Another Day
That Lucky Old Sun (2008)
Brian Wilson
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I think, with the exception of 'Love and Mercy', this song defines Brian's solo career. It perfectly encapsulates his struggles with life, struggles with music, struggles with fame. It has a very simplistic production, but the message makes it one of the most powerful songs on the album.

I prefer the backing vocals on the demo version, but love the refined quality of the album version.

I'm hoping that Ray Lawlor has some stories about this song (what Brian thought of this song when it was being written, what the studio was like during recording, etc). Would love to hear what everyone else thinks!

*Thanks MaryNYS for this wonderful idea! We can definitely change up the format (to choosing a song once a day), but I thought for now we could try a once a week thing. Towards the end of the week we can vote on a song for the next week or something. Anyways, I hope everyone joins in, shares opinions, stories, etc.

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This is a really good idea for a thread ; "Midnight 's" a great song. I prefer the first version with the stack of Brian's vocals. I think that is a great moment. Actually I should not comment on the recording sessions of Midnight's Another Day as Brian definitely talks about the work he and Scott did in his upcoming book, some great insight into their work process and I should let him do the talking !
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   The thing I've always liked about this song is that while most of it could be considered dark it still leaves the listener feeling that hope remains in the day to come.  One of my favorite solo Brian songs off what is arguably his best solo album.
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Here are two very nice videos of MAD.  The second cuts off early, but Brian’s animated delivery is worth the look. 

It will be great to read about Scott and Brian’s studio work that resulted in this gem.

 


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Brian definitely talks about the work he and Scott did in his upcoming book, some great insight into their work process and I should let him do the talking !


Thanks Ray! I can't wait for this book to come out!

Deb#1, that second video you posted is incredible. Brian seems to happy and animated singing that song. Definitely favoriting that video!

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Mary, what a great idea!  Wow!  This will be so much fun.

You are an excellent poster on this site.

Hal, that stripped back demo is incredible, I like it better too.

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Ray said it...we here at the old Blueboard were just pumped when Brian debuted the song right here on his own web site and...the 'original' version was even better.  Collectively we listened to 'Midnight's Another Day' over and over and over and chatted at length about how terrific it was.  Many of those participants are no longer active here which is too bad.  They don't know what they're missing.

MAD...wow...***MAD***!!!  Hadn't really noted that before.  Anyway...MAD was such a revealing song lyrically.  Part of a healing process with legs I would guess.  Van Dyke noted at the time of BWP SMiLE...that the lp release and performances seemed to have "cured" Brian...at least to some noticeable degree.  THIS song and the entire album were the next steps in that journey.

Great memories of what was, at the time, BRAVE new days.  This past decade and a half have been like an avalanche of stored emotion and pent-up talent being released from custody.  It started tentatively and slowly...then gained momentum...'til it hit the crest of a huge wave and then...Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh.

Ta daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.  Here we are.
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I kinda think of this song as a Warmth of the Sun for the 2000s.  
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I didn't like it at first listens. How wrong I was.
About the TLOS demos: if you have ever wondered how much of Brian's "solo career" songs is really Brian, please stop wondering. The TLOS demos, recorded by just him and Scott in a room, are at least comparable to the finished product, and sometimes better, like MAD.
I have no doubt this would hold for TWGMTR and NPP, too.
But no great news either: just think about Brian's solo renditions of Surf's Up.
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Song of the Week - really nice positive idea.

I love Scott's piano introduction to this song. It's such an emotive piece, unforgettable seeing Brian do this live.

The camaraderie in the above piece is great.
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Hi all,

Song of the week is a good idea.  May I be the one to start it on Sunday?  I need something to smile about during a time of grief.  
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I don't see why not.  
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Surely Mary.  YOU get the ball bouncing. 
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