Cider Mag Winter 2015 Issue 52 - Page 7

rector Darian Sahanaja beautifully executed the vocals for “Darlin’”, which Carl Wilson had originally sung. Not content playing just classic hits, there were appealing selections such as “One Kind of Love”, “The Right Time”, and “Sail Away” from Wilson’s new solo album aptly titled No Pier Pressure. As the main set drew closer to finishing, the house was treated to one of my personal favorite compositions of all time. From the original Smile Sessions and later resurrected in 2004 on Brian Wilson Presents Smile, “Surf’s Up” is a wondrous, beautifully constructed, and intricate melody that upon hearing leaves your soul feeling satisfied and inspired. Before beginning the song Wilson told the crowd that it was “very complicated and might take 20 minutes to play.” It was certainly a transcendent and spiritual experience seeing him play and sing this song, a song he wrote at just 24 years old. Closing out the main set were essential Beach Boys hits. Heard in many film soundtracks and on radios around the world “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was a celebration of love and happiness that inspired the crowd to dance and sway in the aisles while singing along to all the words. Prefacing “God Only Knows” by saying “This is the best song I ever wrote”, Wilson’s performance and interpretation of the song was as masterful and emotional as ever. The psychedelic masterpiece “Good Vibrations” was the final song of the set and featured a spooky and famous Theremin/Tannerin part played by the super talented multi-instrumentalist and Keene, NH native Probyn Gregory. As Wilson left the stage and the band played out everyone knew there was more coming. Kicking off the encore with the bouncy “All Summer Long” the band did not stop playing as they segued into the Al Jardine classic “Help Me Rhonda.” Rocking out “Barbara Ann”, “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, and “Fun, Fun, Fun” the encore finally came to a close when Wilson asked the crowd if they had seen Love and Mercy, the new biopic starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as the younger and middle aged versions of Brian Wilson. The crowd responded in the affirmative. The film has received rave reviews and Wilson himself was very happy with it, with mem- Winter • 2015 bers of his band providing consulting and coaching for the film’s soundtrack. As with every show the final song of the night was “Love and Mercy” from Wilson’s 1988 solo debut album Brian Wilson. A very pretty and touching song that asks for and promotes connecting with the best in humanity. After all, that is what the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys is really all about--love, connection and good vibrations. ■ Photos courtesy of • CIDER MAG • 7