The Beach Boys - Cabin Essence
Light the lamp and fire mellow / Cabin Essence, timely hello / Welcomes the time for a change
"I often get into trouble because of the disparate elements within a collective work. The brain police have decided it’s bad. But this is what I found so oxygenating about the Beat era. When I walked into a coffeehouse, eclecticism was not a big word. It was good to be interested in a whole bunch of stuff. Audiences embraced it. Audiences were jolted by it. They did not resent it. They didn’t need to be told what to think. I’m not prepared to tell people what to think. I may leave more questions than answers. I believe that anything worth its salt in the arts must create a wobble. We are not polestars We are here struggling in the dynamics of justice, between the absolutism of faith and reasonable doubt. That’s what I want my work to do."
— Van Dyke Parks in an interview with The New York Times, July 22 2013
Mike Love Adventure Island
I NEED TO PLAY THIS GAME
Aquarium - Van Dyke Parks - Songs Cycled (2013)
The new Van Dyke Parks album (well, compilation really) is so good. Many allusions to other songs and myriad styles, even his own work — Parks covers, among other things,”The All Golden” — fill the album and even its artwork. With contributions from the likes of Ed Rushca and others, the cover and flap designs are filled with as much wit and wordplay as the songs themselves — for example, the title is a reference of course to Parks’ Song Cycle but also to the fact that some of the pieces are recycled, then too the visual inclusion of a bicycle.
I could go on…
I’ll take a look at these and give them a shot when I get a chance! (I’m in the middle of working on a few other songs at the moment)
Any of these would be really awesome. Just saiyan.
Another confession of mine accepted to this great & sometimes creepy Beach Boys Confessions blog.
An old friend of mine recently came across this blog and asked if I had “gone soft” given all the contemporary indie rock I’ve been writing about and old Beach Boys stuff I’ve been posting.
I could explain my thoughts about the state of modern music today, or offer analysis of Van Dyke Parks’ lyrics (crows, cornfields, palm desert & all) and argue that all this is anything but “soft” ….
…but I’ll just say The Who are still the best band ever in my mind period I don’t care what you say.
Once I listened to this song on Laurel Canyon Blvd. near the end of a long drive home from San Francisco. Stopped off at the home of Norman Sachs, a great but little-known songwriter of the same period who’s still around today.
Van Dyke Parks – Laurel Canyon Blvd.