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The Beach Boys and Humiliating Brushes With Fame

As the driving creative force behind the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson wrote, produced, and performed some of the best and most beloved songs of all time. Unfortunately, mental illness and addiction ended his brilliant career for many years. I read an article wherein he talks about living with schizoaffective disorder. There is no cure for his condition but he seems to have found ways to cope with it and he is now able to tour and perform.

“Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys.” is a 5 CD set which includes of all their biggest hits. I decided to go with “Pet Sounds” which is the title song for a 1966 album which many consider to be one of the greatest pop albums of all time. I picked it because it’s a rare instrumental number and I like the song. Interesting and probably true bit of trivia: the song’s original title was “Run James Run” and it was intended to be a theme song for a James Bond movie.

When I meet celebrities I aim to be, if not memorable, at least not offensive. Usually I think I succeed but there was one mortifying incident that still fills me with shame and regret to this day. Naturally I have to share it with the entire forum reading world.

When I was fairly new to the interpreting field I got the opportunity to meet Linda Bove who played the Deaf woman on Sesame Street. Watching her as a kid sparked my interest in sign language and set me on my eventual career path. I idolize the woman so, of course, I just had to speak to her. As I waited for my turn to chat I went over and over what I wanted to say in my mind so I’d be ready. I got there and all power of coherent language completely failed me. Here’s a rough translation of what I said to the poor woman: “Hi, I’m a baby deer. Your signing caused a growth on my brain and I’m a mechanic now. Thank you so much. It is wonderful to have sex with you!” She didn’t try to respond because, seriously, how do you even begin to unpack that? She simply smiled, shook my hand and excused herself quickly. Many years later I got a chance to work with her briefly. Obviously she didn’t remember me but I was still pleased to redeem myself in my own mind by providing competent and accurate service to one of my heroes.

By the way, to anyone out there reading who thinks they have said something dumb to a celebrity, let this post stand as notice. I WIN!

The Four Freshmen and Sandwiches Of The Rich And Famous

Since 1948 there have been 22 different incarnations of the Four Freshmen. They’ve had multiple Grammy nominations and dozens of albums over the years. They even have their own Four Freshmen Society which holds a convention every year. They also seem to have the distinction of being the only group in the history of jazz who did not record the song “Isn’t This A Lovely Day.”  I chose a 1964 video of the song “Day by Day.” I can definitely hear the Four Freshmen influence in the Beach Boys harmony.

Here in Smallville it would be terribly rude not go over and chat with someone you knew at a restaurant. Heck folks will even stop and talk to dining strangers if they look friendly enough. Around here if you want to dine in peace you stay at home! I bet it’s not unusual to see famous folks dining at some LA delis. But if you spot someone I bet you stay in your seat and you keep your fan giddiness to yourself! I don’t know if Q’s ever chatted with Brian Wilson. I’d still say eating a sandwich in the same room entitles you to say you’ve dined with a Beach Boy.

Shockingly bad Laffy Taffy style riddle of the day:

Q: What does a Beach Boy eat order at the deli?

A: The Turf n Surfin’ Subfari!

Thank you, thank you, I’m here all week.

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