Brian Wilson – Lifetime Achievement Award

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There are few true musical geniuses in the world. The one I hold in the highest regard has to be Brian Wilson. When I tell people I’m a Beach Boys fan they snicker, but really what I’m saying is that I’m a Brian Wilson fan. (and while I’m on the topic, fuck you Mike Love)

There has been no one man who has impacted everything I’ve done musically in my life more than Brian Wilson. He has an ear (literally one working one) that I would give my two legs for. If I could get into his mind I would be a the happiest man on earth.

Getting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NXNE festival by NOW magazine is pretty cool. But god damn the man deserves more than that! Ok fine, MAYBE getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pretty good…

In usual mid-post fashion, it’s time to hear some music. This song is… fuck it. No words fan say enough. Listen to “Surf’s Up” Maybe one of the best semi through-composed songs on the planet. A close second is Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life”. How about I post both!
mp3: Brian Wilson – Surf’s Up
mp3: Billy Strayhorn – Lush Life

Ok so “Lush Life” was a little added bonus. But back to the man of the hour, Mr. Brian Wilson.

Anyone who’s going to NXNE should definitely check out the induction hosted by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy. It’s free to the public but NXNE pass holders hold a special privilege. Also check out the live performance at Massey Hall on June 18th. If you don’t have a wristband or pass, grab one here

And one last thing. Check out this performance of “Surf’s Up” by our main man Brian Wilson. Fucking breathtaking. (aaaaannnd embedding is disabled) Here’s an easy link for you though.
Video of Brian Wilson playing Surf’s Up at his Bel Air home.

One Response to “Brian Wilson – Lifetime Achievement Award”

  1. Ryan says:

    Wilson was on and off the stage for all of three minutes. Yep, people traveled across the continent to get there and dude is gone in the time it took to toast a pop tart!

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