Brian Wilson

There’s the time that Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop were invited over to Brian Wilson’s house to work on some music. True story…this was in the 80’s. They felt like they’d been summoned by royalty. They get there and Brian is in his bathrobe at the piano in the middle of the sandbox, catshit everywhere. Brian is playing Shortnin’ Bread, singing how Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’, shortnin’, Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread. He waves to Alice and Iggy to join in.  Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’, shortnin’, they all sang, Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread. Then again. And again. After a while they asked if he wanted to work on any other tunes but all he wanted to do was sing Shortnin’ Bread. Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’, shortnin’, Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread. He showed them how it was played on the piano, and why it was the greatest song ever and how it was the only song he wanted to play ever.  An endless hour went by, Brian singing Shortnin’ Bread over and over and Alice and Iggy feeling more and more uncomfortable. Finally Alice excused himself and made his escape taking Iggy with him. Neither talked about it for a long time. I don’t know if Iggy ever has. Think of it…Brian completely weirded out Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. Scared them, even.  Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’, shortnin’, Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread.

Cantiones sacrae

‘In your status line, list 10 albums that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so I’ll be able to see your list!’

So i wrote Best of Foreigner, Best of Styx, Best of Foreigner and Styx, Journey: a tribute to Foreigner and Styx, Boston: the Guitar Solos, Best of Toto, Best of Kansas, Best of Toto When Not in Kansas Anymore, A Lot of Shitty Bob Dylan Songs No One Talks About, and Brian Wilson’s Trout Mask Sandbox.

“Right” or “Great”. That is the written equivalent of the kind of guy who says they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works and makes little finger quotes when he says right or great. Personally, I hate quotation marks. I almost never use them. It really bothers me when I have to use them. There is no such thing as quotation marks in spoken language, hence our meme author here and his finger quotes. Or “finger quotes”. Finger “quotes”. I hate quotation marks. Continue reading