i found myself returning to brian wilson’s work
he’s the main genius behind the beach boys
in 1966 they released pet sounds, which is regarded by many as the best album of all time
it is very pure
and it is very connected to god, to the idea of coming home to heaven on earth
Wouldn’t It Be Nice is the first track.
From the higher light, I feel this track is talking about how nice it could be in a realized heaven on earth.
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong?
Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray
It might come true (run run ooo)
Baby, then there wouldn’t be a single thing we couldn’t do
the last lines really resonate with me, in the idea, the realization that our actions, our thoughts, our consciousness sharing of a particular idea or ideal is precisely what makes that idea and ideal materialize
You know it seems the more we talk about it
It only makes it worse to live without it
But let’s talk about it
Oh, wouldn’t it be nice?
And this is just the first song.
The entire tone and timber of the album is child like and pure. It is as if his mind, his soul, his spirit, after having gone through the ranks and climbed the ladder of being commercially accepted and celebrated through mega pop hits that resonated widely, was finally able to reach and resonate with the child like purity that the whole thing is built on and striving for.
It’s as if we have to evolve through all the struggle of pleasing others and fitting molds and checking boxes just to realize the whole thing is just to be and do what you really want.
And what he really wanted was to make pure, heavenly light music.
I think about how much we judge ourselves now a days, so as to not be child like or weak, but it takes a true genius to rise above that and see it through.
It takes real strength and self assurance to go the way you know is the right one.
Some review of the album called it “multi dimensional”. I could see how people listening in 1966, as the consciousness of many was being turned on to the oneness and hereness of it all, and how these musicians were bringing that higher consciousness down to be shared with all… I could see how if you were in that scene and space, “waking up”, coming back from a trip to India or from spirituality classes at Berkley, I could see how if you are listening to this album in that mindspace, and especially if you are tripping on drugs while listening, I could definitely see how you can see this album as multi dimensional.
The second song is called You Still Believe In Me.
The entire song to me, from the higher light perspective, is simply about our relationship with God. And his willingness to always be patient, loving, accepting, and ready to continue waiting, and continue believing, until we are ready to accept his love and his way.
I’m sure I had heard this song before, but when I re listening to the album the other day, this song struck me immediately.
I know perfectly well I’m not where I should be,
I’ve been very aware you’ve been patient with me,
Everytime we break up you bring back your love to me,
And after all I’ve done to you how can it be?
You still believe in me!
I try hard to be more what you want me to be
But I can’t help how I act when you’re not here with me
I try hard to be strong but sometimes I fail myself,
And after all I’ve promised you so faithfully,
You still believe in me!
I want to cry.
The musicality of the song, is again, very child like and pure, but also very high. High in the sense of being religious. Being clearly on the cusp of rubbing and touching god.
Brian’s singing is unique. But it’s pure. He’s really in that space as he is delivering these songs.
And it touches you in that space that exists in you.
Later in the album, Sloop John B comes in at track 7.
Again what resonates here with me is the idea of wanting to go home.
To return to where we belong. To arrive. To feel it. To be guided there by Captain God.
Again it is the music, the purity and height of it, which brings these lyrics to the idea of God and Heaven on Earth.
Let me go home
Why don’t they let me go home
This is the worst trip I’ve ever been on
So hoist up the John B’s sail
See how the main sail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I want to go home, let me go home
Why don’t you let me go home.
The next song is God Only Knows.
A tremendously beautiful song.
I feel like it’s God talking to Us. Or Us talking to God. Or God talking to God. Or Us talking to Us.
I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I’d be without you
If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on, believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me
God only knows what I’d be without you
The next song is called I Know There Is An Answer.
The original version was called Hold On To Your Ego.
Both versions begin with:
I know so many people who think they can do it alone
They isolate their heads and stay in their safety zones
Now what can you tell them
And what can you say that won’t make them defensive
The “answer”, album one then goes:
I know there’s an answer
I know now but I have to find it by myself
(I heard “had” but these are the lyrics I’m pulling from the net.)
The “ego”, original version goes:
Hang on to your ego
Hang on, but I know that you’re gonna lose the fight
The album “Answer” version later says:
Now how can I come on
And tell them the way that they live could be better
While the original “ego” version says:
Now how can I say it
And how can I come on
When I know I’m guilty
It’s interesting how both version are pretty much saying the same thing, but I feel the original was more honest. I feel when I’m making art and most others probably also realize this as well, that whatever initially comes out is what is meant to be, and our rational, self conscious and doubting mind looks at it and thinks there’s something better than it’s pure born perfection and then fucks it up.
I find our whole evolution is coming to accept how easy and how perfect everything truly is.
It is all so and we are just not ready to accept it yet. So we run away until we are. And God waits patiently and lovingly.
The whole reason I wanted to write this post, was because after releasing this album, and people loving it, and saying Brian Wilson is a genius, and the Beatles and others listening to it over and over, Paul McCartney calling God Only Knows the most beautiful song ever written, John Lennon saying “Pet Sounds is a timeless and amazing record of incredible genius and beauty”, he went on to make, or attempt to make “Smile”.
Smile never came about, because it got too complex. They couldn’t reel it in.
Brian began “going mad”.
Here is where I wanted to share what I know to be true about the Universe, and God and resonance and what I believe actually happened in 1967 while they were making Smile, and why it crashed.
Brian had just made Pet Sounds, delivering heavenly music to the world through this approaching of his spirit to the child like purity and innocence and truth of it all.
This was real and he really reached that level of truth and consciousness, and he really did bring that resonance to millions of minds, hearts and souls.
He really struck a real God chord, and it hit.
So the story goes that while they were recording Smile, one of the songs was to be called “Fire”. And so Brian had the boys wearing fireman helmets, and had a little bucket with wood burning, all to really get the “vibe” right.
And then an actual fire starts across the street.
And Brian begins to believe they “mystically” influenced or started that fire somehow.
And they did Marty, they did.
That’s the whole thing. He approached God and he hit hard, and now he was realizing, whether consciously or subconsciously, that there really is no division or limit between the mind and the reality, especially when you start making “millions of souls will resonate with what you are vibration-ally creating here” music.
He hit this in 1967, and then he goes “mad” and spends a few years in his bed staring at the ceiling.
Of course he’s going to do that.
If you reach the limit, the real and true and unavoidable limit all conscious beings reach at some point or another in the evolution of Life in the Universe, if you reach the limit that you are God manifest and that your mind, when in pure and true and momentumful resonance in the direction and truth of God, your mind then becomes truly, scientifically and verifiably connected to the Universe around it in ways that obviously cannot be previously rationalized until One goes the way and rides it out.
If you are the One who is meant to ride it out, or you are not ready to go through the madness to accept the truth, you can sit on your bed and look to the sky and know that the truth of your mind and what you’ve discovered is miles ahead of what the general population is ready to accept, and if you, being here, at the top of the castle, are not ready to be the performer to show these new truths to the world in the light of day, then you can go back in hiding from the truth like the many others who may have already reached that limit, and wait for someone else who is strong enough, or chosen, to ride it out and prove truth.
My point is I don’t believe in mental illness at all.
The mind is God and cannot be ill.
It is a world that is not ready to accept the truth, and a world full of lies and repression that we try to fit our inherent and god given truth within, that causes all the issues.
Many people want to hold on to mental illness as being real so as not reach the unavoidable “freak out” needed in accepting it’s completely not.
It’s where we are though now! Until one goes the way!
(here are some video’s you might enjoy:
at the end you see Brian looking back, saying how he was doing “crazy stuff” and believing “crazy things” about the fire session, but it’s only because he finds himself in a world that has not reached what he reached, and since he didn’t, or wasn’t able to continue on through it, (some would say his mind was not strong enough, but I feel he was “too pure”, you can’t make this music without being so pure) he choose to wear the socially acceptable “that was crazy” cloth, instead of accepting and believing the truth he knew in his heart, but had no way to manage, as that blue print doesn’t exist yet, as that track in the woods has not been walked, as the resistance to believe your mind has this type of incredible never before seen power literally would change the entire world, and so he as many others do, hold on to this unrealized world.)
The way God works through it all is mysterious for sure, and none of us can know him alone, but if we were all to be honest, and if we were all not afraid to be honest and to bare it all, we will be doing way better than starting fires with our minds. We’ll be flying.