A Reader's Fancy

A Reader's Fancy

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Any architects I know should research Spomeniks. These ace looking former Yugoslavian monuments. I don’t know anything about them in depth, just that one is used for the UMO cover. Beautiful and futuristic though.

Holy shit… google “Yugoslavia architecture”

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I met this guy, Ahmed Raw, while he was busking on the Santa Monica pier, playing guitar and whistling into a microphone. The music that he was playing that day struck a chord with me.. it felt particularly beautiful for the setting that we were in, and almost elegiac, so I bought his CD off of him and talked to him a little. He asked me if I was a musician and I told him that I do aspire to write songs, so he told me to keep in touch with him if I pleased. The whole thing seemed very purposeful.. as if I’m meant to converse with this man. Or who knows, maybe he just says that to everyone that tells him that they’re into music as well. Anywho, I listened to the CD and found it rather comforting and authentic.. something that I can put on during times when I need a fatherly voice.. or to feel somebody there with me. There’s just something about a man who is both wise and impoverished that is rather comforting. Anyways, this is his Obama celebration song.. a beautiful little heartfelt and authentic number from one African American to another.

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Brian Wilson! 

I’m not a genius. I’m just a hard-working guy.

"Brian Wilson is The Beach Boys. He is the band. We’re his fucking messengers. He is all of it. Period. We’re nothing. He’s everything." — Dennis Wilson

"Every once in a while, an individual is born into the world whose whole being is music. I think Brian is one of those rare people." — Carl Wilson

"Brian is an anachronism in his own time. You accept him for what he is. If he says he’s coming to the studio, you stop what you’re doing and go, because when he does something, he does it for keeps." — Al Jardine

"I have nothing but affection, admiration, and regard for Brian. If he’s not the greatest ever at what he does, then maybe you can’t pick a ‘one greatest’ in areas like this. Maybe you have to lump half a dozen or so together and say ‘jump ball!’" — Tony Asher

"If there’s one person I have to select as a living genius of pop music, I would choose Brian Wilson." — George Martin

"People should never be allowed to say ‘no’ to Brian Wilson, ‘cause if you just get behind him—or next to him—and go with him, it’s gonna come out okay." — David Anderle 

Music is Brian Wilson’s best friend, lover, everything. On a one-to-one basis, it’s the only thing that has never wronged him, and he has never wronged it.” — Van Dyke Parks

"We got along really well. I always appreciated his stuff. It always had that tongue-in-cheek humor. Brian had an odd little way of looking at life, differently than the average person did, and I appreciated that." — Dean Torrence

"In my opinion, the best part of Brian is that he’s never cared about having a Rolls-Royce or a huge mansion or a beachfront property. He’s only cared about how great a song he can write." — Jeff Foskett 

"He’s a modern day Stravinsky, the way he constructs his music. He’s a madman! He was doing stuff forty years ago that modern people do now, looping his work and stuff. There’s a track on Smile with a whole bunch of tubas having a conversation with trumpets. It’s great.” — Questlove

"It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water. I love the album so much. I’ve just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life. I figure no one is educated musically till they’ve heard that album. I love the orchestra, the arrangements. To me, it certainly is a classic record that is unbeatable in many ways. I’ve often played Pet Sounds and cried at Brian’s genius.” — Paul McCartney 

(via briandouglaswilson)

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Bill Bonds on John Lennon’s death.. interesting commentary.. especially at 2:00 where he begins talking about America’s gun problem.. pretty ridiculous to note just how long we’ve been repeating the same bullshit. 

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