You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

 

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Summer is such a tease.  It’s hot, then cool; rainy, then dry; sunny, then cloudy; largo, then allegro.

This mad-glam bunch of boys challenge Patty and me. Our most recent cello/piano piece is composed by the girly-guy in the far left background, Antonio Vivaldi. This red-haired (hidden under his wig) genius followed his passion for music, dominated Italian musical life in the early 1700s, and produced hundreds of five-finger exercises concertos. I bet you know the ubiquitous Four Seasons, Le Quattro Stagioni. 

Patty and I are learning Vivaldi’s Sonata #3 ~  with skadoodles of help from her liltingly cheering cello teacher, a gentleman with uncommon patience.

 

Vivaldi only lived once and he did it his way.  He loved multi-rhythmic composition. Just like Brian Wilson, one of the most innovative composers in pop music.

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Surfin’ pin-up. Avant-garde pop artist. Psychedelic oracle. Down-home hippie. Retro-hip icon. And a forever-perpetual-motion nostalgia machine.

I think Brian Wilson did everything right. This next tune isn’t his biggest hit, but it’s cool as frozen collards. A veggie sonata, of sorts, for the gardener in me.

Good vibrations, summer weather, making music together. Time to imagine a place where everybody has an ocean. And a garden.

 

What’s your favorite Beach Boy Tune?

Toni 8/19/14

 

11 thoughts on “THE BOYS OF SUMMER

  1. Mine is Help Me Rhonda…or maybe Be True to Your School…or …..any! I saw
    The Beach Boys last summer as they opened their latest tour here in St Augustine!
    Great Fun!!!!! For a very few minutes I felt like a teenager again! I always wanted to
    be at a big concert with beach balls bouncing everywhere!! Another check on my bucket list!!!!!!!

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    1. Lucky You, Sayra. I love all their songs, they’re teenage symphonies of my summer days long past. They’re touring as I write this to celebrate 50 years of the song Fun, Fun, Fun. They just left Newport, headed due west.

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      1. From what I’ve read and if you listen to some live versions of the song ” Don’t Worry Baby” is Brian’s attempt to write a song in the style of Phil Spector’s ” Be My Baby.” Spector was a great influence on him. I have a cd ” Brian Wilson, Live at the Roxy” and he says that his favorite song in the whole universe is
        ” Be My Baby.” He and his band then launch into cover version of the tune.

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        1. During Phil Spector’s glory days, he influenced plenty of musicians. He was such a tortured soul, building his reputation by changing the face of pop culture, then threw it all away with a gunshot. That song is one of my favorites, too.

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              1. They are called the Hot Club of Cowtown. I thought I sent the link but in case I didn’t you can check for them on You Tube and look for the tune ” After You’ve Gone.”

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