ANDERSON, Ind. —
“Surfin’ USA,” Good Vibrations,” “ I Get Around,” “ Help Me Rhonda,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “ California Girls,” “Kokomo,” — it just goes on.
“I came up with a lot of hooks — the catchy part of the song,” said Love. Think, “Round, round, get around, I get around.” You can hear it, can’t you?
Although that fun sound is Beach Boys brand, their reach extended beyond the surf. Love recalled a late-night-into-the-morning writing session with Brian Wilson back in November 1963.
“It felt kind of mystical and eerie all combined when we were writing the song,” said Love. “The melody and the chords Brian came up with were pretty incredible … Very mystical feeling, very melancholy.” As if the feeling that pervaded the writing of "The Warmth of the Sun" was somehow prescient, they learned of the assassination of John F. Kennedy that day.
Even Love's longstanding practice of meditation made its way into the Beach Boys' music.
“'All This Is That' has to do with the philosophy where meditation comes from,” said Love. “Cool Head, Warm Heart’ similarly conveys the thought. “Two decades ago, Marahishi said you need a cool head, warm heart. I just made it into a little song. It’s a nice little message song.”
Love became a teacher of meditation decades ago, and keeps up with his meditation practice on the road today.
“It makes me accentuate the positive in life. It eliminates a lot of the negative impact of the things that aren’t so great in life,” said Love.
The Beach Boys arrive in Anderson just in time to put a wrap on summer. Their new boxed set, “Made In California,” was released Tuesday with six CDs spanning the history of the group, including more than 60 previously unreleased songs.
“It’s definitely the kitchen sink approach,” said Love.
Keep it coming. For those of us old enough to remember the heyday, the good vibrations remind us of all the best parts.
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