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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
The comments on my stray Beatles post have grown into an interesting discussion. I'd love to hear more comments on Brian Wilson's SMiLE. I'm interested in hearing it, but haven't given it a listen yet.
Perhaps I'm a little stalled because after years of hearing everyone say that Pet Sounds is one of the top pop/rock records of all time, I decided to give it a listen.
Not really my cup of tea.
When I listened to a Beatles' album for the first time as an adult, I was always struck by the songs on the record that WERE NOT hits. These end up being my favorite songs: "I'm Only Sleeping," "And Your Bird Can Sing," "Sun King," "Cry Baby Cry," etc.
While at the same time, the hit songs don't seem over-played -- even though they clearly are. Only a couple songs: "Taxman," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Birthday," don't do it for me on repeat listens.
And on a final note, I heard a guy in his early 50s say something to the effect of "If I never hear another Beatles song that will be okay with me." And he wasn't talking from a Beatle-haters point of view; he was talking about this concept that music could, possibly, have an expiration date.
Which could mean that SMiLE has an advantage of being released now. Funny.
In the age of digital music, will the over-consumption that I'm witnessing now add to this expiration or delay it? Or will it make music more (even more?) fleeting?
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