Fun Fridays – September 20, 2019

I found this analysis of the Beach Boys’ song “Good Vibrations” to be absolutely fascinating.

This seven-minute breakdown shows how a creative genius could raise the level of the craft beyond where others had been before. An example for all creatives out there.


13 Responses to Fun Fridays – September 20, 2019

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    Kaye Robinson Callaway September 20, 2019 at 6:45 am #

    Great analysis. Including Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born (old and new), these prove the miraculous craft of writing, whether it be through music or books. Thanks.

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    Angie September 20, 2019 at 6:50 am #

    Fascinating. Thanks.

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    Damon J. Gray September 20, 2019 at 7:55 am #

    Steve, I thought this was going to be a satire piece, but in truth, it was an impressive analysis, one to which I was glued till the very end.

    Great find!

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    Karen Spencer September 20, 2019 at 8:11 am #

    Thanks for sharing this article Steve. Not only did it shed light on Brian Wilson’s musical genius, but it brought back fond memories of me and my best friend getting Mike Love’s autograph after their show at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, sometime back in the 70’s – many moons ago.

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    Georjean September 20, 2019 at 9:46 am #

    wow! just shows you how much there is know about a long forgotten memory, a slice of time… amazing!!!

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    Randy Haglund September 20, 2019 at 9:59 am #

    I have always believed this song to be one of the greatest pop
    Songs of all time. I don’t have a musical bone in my body, but even I could see that it is a masterpiece. Something the video did not go into is how Brian’s bandmates didn’t appreciate the effort he was putting into the song at the time, and wanted him to just be done with it. But he was obsessed, and when it was finished they realized what they had. A great lesson there. Thanks for sharing.

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      Diane Fink September 21, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

      Not unlike the reactions to Bohemian Rhapsody when it was being produced!

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    Tammy Karasek September 20, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

    Very interesting! I’ve always loved that song. Always a toe-tapper, dance in your seat kinda song. Or if so inclined, throw caution to the wind and just get up and boogie! My choice!

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    claire o'sullivan September 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm #


    inciting, action, pacing, layers, climax and denouement. Perfect example.

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    Francis September 21, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    Great creativity, Thanks for sharing.

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    Fascinating brilliance! If we all applied this to our book writing efforts…

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    Diane Fink September 21, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

    So interesting! Still one of my favorite groups of all time, along with the Beatles.
    :). Thanks for sharing this!

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    Nancy MacDonald September 23, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

    Not only was that fun and fascinating to watch and listen to, but it has raised my consciousness level for all future music. Amazing! All that was going on and I was just busy bee bopping along in my ’71 Cutlass Supreme! The Beach Boys were my favorite group along with Jan and Dean who had a similar sound. Nice trip back in time too!

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