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Meant to post this some time ago but had another profound experience while driving today. I've been avoiding listening to this song whenever I play this album. I really like most of the album. I've become more objective about things as I've gotten older. Any of you who know me (I don't frequent the board as much since the old Blue Board) I've been a hardcore fan since I was just five years old. I went to college and majored in Music Education because of Brian and the Boys. I think about half of the album is solid. But the Last Song I have trouble listening to. It's too hard for me to listen to knowing it's may very well be the end of the road. I mean, geez, I idolized Brian my entire life. Not a day has gone by where I haven't listened to his music or thought about him as a human being. I'm a big fan both musically and as a genuine human being. So, as a father figure given we both lived similar lives growing up, The Last Song is very emotional for me too. I feel like I'm losing a part of me or my family. And that's a lot to swallow after 35 years of admiring someone for so long. The first time I cried while working out at the gym and the second was today driving to the library. Can't do it anymore. Too much stress and anxiety in my own life right now that needs to get resolved. He's gonna play a show in Philly at the Mann in a few months. The last show I saw was the reunion in 2012 with my gf. We've since broken up and everything seems to be crumbling. Lost my job, lost my house and Brian's retiring. No family, no close friends. Would love to see him one last time but dunno if I can enjoy it. It would only make me cry knowing it's almost over.
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Sorry to hear that you're going through a difficult time. I know its cliche, but things always seem the darkest just before the dawn. Also, Brian hasn't officially announced that he's retiring. He's hinted that this may be his final tour, but nothing official. Who would've thought he would've become such a prolific solo artist and tour as much as he's had? He's also hinted that he wants go into the studio and do that rock and roll album at the end of the year. And even if Brian does call it a career, there's so much great music that he's put out over the last 50+ years between The Beach Boys and his solo career to listen to. I'll be there for the show at The Mann in Philly also. I would encourage you, if you have the means, to purchase a ticket to the show. On the chance that Brian does retire, I'm sure you'd feel a lot better knowing that you got to see him in concert and hear that wonderful music at least one more time. It's better than sitting around regretting not having gone.
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Wow, DA, so sorry to hear of your current troubles. I sincerely hope things get better.
I agree, if you can swing it, definitely go to the Philly show. We only have a limited amount of time left to witness BW's genius in person. I am going to three shows this year. Overkill? Perhaps, who knows. I also agree "The Last Song" can be quite melancholy. Sad, but beautiful nonetheless. Clearly the song moves you, almost to tears. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Life goes on. Things will improve. Let BW help you get through this tough period in your life. If indeed he performs "TLS" at the concert and you start tearing up, I promise you won't be alone.
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I'm sorry to learn of Brett's depression too.I've been a fan for many years and I also find it hard to think of no more Brian Wilson shows and records. But I recently read an article in which Brian said he wasn't sure it would be his last tour and that he still wanted to record the rock and roll album.
I've booked five shows. To quote from It's OK "Good or bad Glad or sad I'ts all gonna pass So it's OK Let's all play And enjoy it while it lasts." But last thing, I think probably these negative feelings are a sign of depression which is understandable in view of the bad experiences. Music will surely help and being with people who feel just the same might help too. Hope you get to see Brian again... many times.
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DA I also have an emotional reaction to that song, part of it is certainly that if this isn't the end of Brian's carear the end must certainly be in sight. At the same time it forces me to confront my own mortality and takes me to a special place. Meanwhile I'm close to finishing the compilation a major compilation of over 500 songs (a "music of my life... so far" sort of thing)and without being cliche this may well be the final tune. Though it presently ends with Summer's Gone and I do like having it wash out with the waves.
Don't be bothered that a song elicits an emotional response. That is your humanity and I promise you will not be alone in and amongst devoted fans. I can think of many concerts where I have been moved and it just adds to the emotional high for me. Contrast that to being ambivalent to the performance. I hope things turn around for you, I'm sorry to hear you are going through tough times. Pete
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I'm sure he's not alone but Brian said in one of his recent interviews something along the lines of that he hates being in his 70s. I guess it's a sense of where did all that time go. My Mom is slightly younger than Brian but even she feels the same in that it feels like one moment you're still young then the years fly by and you're now well up there in age.
Brian has hinted that this could be his last tour. But a lot of singers do that and then change their mind the next time they have a new album out. But even if Brian does retire from doing live shows he has said he plans to continue on with making new music. Music is in Brian's blood and I can see him continuing to put out music until he is physically no longer able to. Based on what he's been through over the course of his life consider it a blessing that Brian is still around and putting out some very solid material. When Brian is no longer with us(and I hope that is not for quite some time to come) we'll still always have his music with the Beach Boys and on his own to enjoy. Music legends might eventually physically go away but as long as people continue to listen to the music they are immortal in another sense. As an example in a certain sense Dennis and Carl are still around for me. I hear them quite often when listening to the music or watching footage of The Beach Boys. Of course those who knew them personally would likely have a different take on it. Now getting back to "The Last Song" to me it almost feels like a companion piece with "Summer's Gone". They don't sound a like but the themes are somewhat similar. And for Dumb Angel 66, I'm sorry to hear that you are going through a tough time in your life. If you have a chance to see Brian I still think that you should just in case he doesn't tour again. Even if they do "The Last Song", I'm sure the concert will have many more upbeat moments than sad ones. And "The Last Song" is a tear jerker. If Brian performs it at the show I'm going to, I might very well end up with tears streaming down my face. The closing line of "There is never enough time for the ones that you love" is the one that really gets to me. I think it might of been Don Was who said he was tearing up in the studio when they were listening to the play back of "The Last Song".
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Is it selfish for me to be thankful that Lana Del Rey was not available to sing this song?
I just don't think the song would have the same impact, if not sung by Brian's 70+ year old voice. And, granted I've only heard one or two of her songs, but I think there's more emotion in Brian's voice than her's.
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I am glad Brian sang this as well. Beautifully done.
Am I crazy to think that this could be Brian's last song? I doubt it. Unless he comes out and says hes retired for good, I think we will get more. Why? it's the only thing he knows. As long as he in good good health, I think Brian will write until he can write no more. That is the beauty of being an artist. I am still amazed at this body of work on no pier pressure. I especially like " whatever happened" and "Im feeling sad". Those are my favorite 2 songs on the album. and I like them all.
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Hey... Just wanted to thank everyone for the warm wishes. I really appreciate it. After reading everyone's posts and considering what I'd be missing if it really is his last tour, I might regret it. I hate going out and doing things alone. It's just never as much fun for me. Maybe I'll get to meet some of you there.
Some years back, I got to see Brian and the guys at XM Studio in Washington D.C. Have the distinct memory of coming face to face with Jeff Foskett and completely freezing up. Surprised Frozen stare on my face. Jeff stared back, waited, smiled and then walked away. I've had smiliar encounters with Brian at signings. LMAO!!! It's that moment of coming face to face with your hero. Someone asked me to come back to the hotel a bunch of fans were staying at so I could play piano but I didn't go. Sorry I didn't. Guess I was freaked out about being in D.C. alone, lol. Will never forget my first experience meeting fellow BB fans at the Imagination signing at Tower Records in NY. It was surreal. Growing up I was probably the only BB fan I knew, lol. So when I met all these people that shared the same strong interests I had, it was incredible. My mom bought my brother a BB double LP on tv when I was 5. I heard him playing the record and that was it for me. That was my first taste. From that point on I was hooked. Mom and dad were both musically inclined and I picked up the organ early on. That's how it all started. Stayed in my room and studied the harmonies. His first solo album is still my favorite. I used to listen to it multiple times a day. Always picking up on something new, an instument buried in the mix I hadn't heard before. I know there's better covers out there, I just did it for the fun of it but here ya go.... http://www.reverbnation.com/brettmichaels
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I was single when the C50 Tour rolled into town, and since my friends aren't really fans of The Beach Boys, I went by myself.
That was the first time I'd ever seen the Beach Boys, and I'm really glad I went. I assumed that was my only chance to see Brian Wilson onstage with The Beach Boys. I really enjoyed the concert, and it really made me a diehard fan. I was really only a casual fan at the time.