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  •  Somehow your mention of Little Richard (5+ / 0-)

    reminded me of one of my favorite couplets, by Brian Wilson:

    After six hours of school, I've had enough for the day,
    I hit the radio dial and turn it up all the way...

    •  There's a whole poetic evolution in Brian Wilson (8+ / 0-)

      from the early anthems for their generation,  through the perfectly balanced double entendres, like Don't Worry Baby, to the fractured kaleidoscope of allusion that is Surf's Up:

      . . . Dove nested towers the hour was
      Strike the street quicksilver moon
      Carriage across the fog
      Two step to lamp lights cellar tune
      The laughs come hard in auld lang syne

      The glass was raised, the fired rose
      The fullness of the wine
      The dim last toastin'
      While at port a do or die

      A choke of grief hard hardened I
      Beyond belief
      A broken man too tough
      To cry

      Surf's up
      (Hmm, hmm, hmm)
      Aboard a tidal wave
      Come about hard and join
      The young and often spring you gave
      I heard the word
      Wonderful thing
      A childrens song . . .

      A marvelous mind and ear for music, but a bit of a fractured kaleidoscope himself. I wish that he'd never taken drugs, and that Mike Love had been a kinder, less egotistical fellow. You know, when he wrote Pet Sounds, Love told him "Don't fuck with the formula"?

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri May 24, 2013 at 11:34:37 PM PDT

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