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Special Privilege

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petsoundscoverIt felt like a special privilege to be in the presence of Brian Wilson performing the Pet Sounds album last night. It was a great experience that brought us a lot of joy.

We have seen a relatively recent rendition of the Beach Boys in concert, with Mike Love and Al Jardine, and now we have this in comparison, a concert by Brian Wilson and an amazing combination of supporting musicians, including again, Al Jardine.

Last night’s show was aimed at an audience that is passionate about the full depth of what goes into a song, performed by artists who share that same passion. The difference was significant. The concert last night was transcendent.

The mental challenges that Brian Wilson has lived through resonate for me. I have always felt an appreciation for his artistry, and feel a morsel of connection with him.

It was thrilling to be able to stand among thousands of others who feel similarly, to thank him with a rousing ovation at the end of Brian’s singing, “God Only Knows.”

It was a privilege.

I couldn’t get myself to interrupt any part of the evening’s performance with the cell phone lifted into someone else’s view for a photo, so all I have is a before and after.

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It’s all I need to remind myself of the magic that took place in between.

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Written by johnwhays

October 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

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