The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby, by Steve Stav

This last quarter of the season – depending on where you live – when you’re really trying to make every day without rain and cold count. No wonder so many yearn for the “Endless Summer.” As an aside, I remember the first time I went to a Southern California beach – Zuma, Malibu. Driving . . . → Read More: The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby, by Steve Stav

The Greatest American Pop Song Ever – The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” By Steve Stav

I’ve discussed the incredible musical and vocal arrangements of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to death – and never tire of it. However, so much is said of Brian Wilson’s studio wizardry, the Beach Boys’ lyrics are often overlooked as key components of timelessness.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older Then we wouldn’t . . . → Read More: The Greatest American Pop Song Ever – The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” By Steve Stav

Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick – Brian Wilson’s Creative Breakthrough, By Tom Fredrickson

What does it say about Brian Wilson that, perhaps alone among recording artists, he made his creative breakthrough in a Christmas song? When the single “Little Saint Nick” was released in the fall of 1963 Wilson had already written and recorded the touchstone ballads “Surfer Girl” and “In My Room,” but the bulk of . . . → Read More: Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick – Brian Wilson’s Creative Breakthrough, By Tom Fredrickson

The Beach Boys – In My Room – Live in 1964

The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up

This tune gets better as the years go by. The title is misleading, “Surf’s Up” generally means, “The swells have begun, the waves are cresting, let’s get out there…” but in this song the title is to mean, “Surf’s up, time’s up, the California dream is over,” and the music, the lyrics and the . . . → Read More: The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up