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John B

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Two meanings of the same word is fine with me.   'Midnight's Another Day' is nice philosophy though--something every mental health professional wishes to say to encourage their patients to try again the next day.

'Surfs Up' lyrics are just beautiful poetry, I picture the lights of L.A. being looked down upon by some uh once in a lifetime musical talent, living up in the hills, late at night.   I just take that song as a brilliant portrait of Brian's geographical setting.

'Wonderful' is more obtuse, less specific.  To gather/together.  The 'Smile' version is still great, but the 'Smiley Smile' version is not very good, as the stoned 'boys appear to revel in how impenetrable the lyrics are.  Again, this was probably meant as a portrait, like someone else said about the cover of Smiley Smile looking like a 'Rousseau' painting.   What was Rousseau saying in his paintings?   You don't always have to be literal in art.    
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Once I believed I was the only person in the world preferring the Smiley Smile versions of "Wind Chimes" and "Wonderful" to the Smile ones. Now I know better: we are three or maybe four. [biggrin]
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John B

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I think Pavarotti or whoever would tell you vocals are better when not lying on the floor.  hey, wasn't that a Simpsons episode? [smile]
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thorgil

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Sure that was true for Pavarotti. Once I saw Placido Domingo (a great person btw) live in "La Traviata", singing a whole aria while lying on the floor, as it made more theatrical sense. He sang that so well that, when the aria ended, some bouquets of flowers were launched.
I still don't get why more people don't see what a masterpiece the Smiley "Wind Chimes" is. Many think of it as simply a botched up version of the Smile one, while it is a wholly different creature and one of the most creative things Brian & the Boys ever did.
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John B

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okay...amend that to 'vocals are generally better when not lying on the floor while stoned.'
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TLOS is my second favorite album behind NPP (not counting BWPS). 'Southern California' is one of his best solo songs (as John B says, "Magical") - this song perfectly closes out the album..."In Southern California, I heard the voice of my mind" - that line is perfect.
 
And 'Good Kind of Love' is probably his most genuine and happy pop tune since 'Wouldn't It Be Nice'. This album paints the most perfect picture.

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If the Pet Sounds Tour does turn out to be Brian's final tour, I think it would be very appropriate to put Southern California in the setlist.  

Maybe before the encore.  Or before Love and Mercy in the finale.  
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Love that idea KDS. Even if it's not his final tour, that song would fit perfectly in a show that is featuring Pet Sounds. Especially your idea of putting it right before the encore.
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