Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

The Beach Boys and Hawaii - 55 Years Later

Monday, August 15, 2022

When I was little, maybe 4 or 5 years old, I was convinced my Dad was one of The Beach Boys.  

My folks had a large CD player in the hallway between the living room and kitchen, and one day I found a Beach Boys CD with a photo of the group on the cover.  To my young eyes, one of the guys looked sorta-kinda-maybe-halfway like my Dad, or what I imagined he looked like when he was younger with longer, shaggy hair.  

When you're 4 or 5, you always assume anyone older than you is really old.  To be honest, at the time, my Dad was probably the same age or younger than I am now, but back then, he was just "old," and so were The Beach Boys.  

I once saw a photo of my Dad in what was probably his mid-20s, and like many men in the 1970s did, he had longer hair than he had at the time I found that Beach Boys album.  I just assumed the man with the similar hair on the album cover was him, and for a while, I was convinced he had been one of the Beach Boys.  I don't even remember which band member I thought he was, since now viewing the band with my old eyes, I don't see anyone similar.  

I've loved the band's music ever since, and they are still one of my go-to stations on Pandora.  I don't really know their names or much about the band, but their music still makes me tap my feet, drum my fingers, and sing along.  

I got to thinking about all of this at work the other day.  Everyone I know or work with seems to be going to Hawaii, or they just came back or are planning to go soon.  Hawaii just appears to be back at the top of the "hot spot" vacation list.  I think pent-up demand following the release of COVID restrictions is at an all-time high, and people are just eager to go somewhere.  

To me, Hawaii has always had a retro vibe.  I've never been to the islands, but I feel like it was THE 80s and 90s vacation destination.  It was featured on nearly every sitcom back then, from The Brady Bunch to Saved by the Bell.  It was also spoofed and featured in cartoons such as Garfield in Paradise

The Beach Boys 25 Years Together celebration "live" from Waikiki Beach on ABC was also a pretty big television event in the 80s.  Before the internet, a million cable channels, or streaming services diluting the viewership, things like this on network television were considered cultural moments that nearly everyone participated in.  

I have vague memories of the Beach Boys Waikiki celebration growing up.  I'm pretty sure this is something my parents would have made sure they watched or recorded on the VCR.  I can't recall when I initially saw this tribute concert if my folks were watching it recorded on a VHS or if it was something they watched on television while I played with my toys in the evening.  It must have been recorded because I always had to go to bed early, and 8 PM would have definitely been past my bedtime in 1987.

Then again, the memories in my head may be getting confused with that time the cast of Full House sang with the Beach Boys.  On the Season Two episode that aired November 18, 1988, titled "Beach Boy Bingo," the Beach Boys made a guest appearance on the hit sitcom.  The band makes several appearances and sings several songs, much to the excited studio audience's pleasure.  In the end, the Tanner family gets on stage and sings Barbara Ann with the band live at a concert.  

The concert on the show was set in San Francisco, but it was actually filmed following a USC Trojans football game against the University of California Golden Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.   

This year, on August 25, 2022, 55 years will have passed since The Beach Boys debuted in Hawaii with a pair of concerts at the Honolulu International Center Arena.

It's also my tenth wedding anniversary to my beautiful wife, Lauren!  Happy Anniversary, honey! 

My interest was piqued by all of this Beach Boys and Hawaii talk.  So, let's take a look back at The Beach BBoys'time in Hawaii, starting with their debut in Honolulu in 1967 and their 25th Anniversary Celebration from Waikiki in 1987!

5 Songs To Get You In The Mood For Halloween

Friday, October 8, 2021

Every good party, event, or holiday needs a great soundtrack to go along with it.  Admittedly, my knowledge of music doesn't go that deep, but I do know a good tune when I hear one.  

Halloween music is pretty subjective.  Spooky-sounding lyrics (Fresh Prince's A Nightmare on my Street) or a devilish theme (AC/DC's Hells Bells) are good enough for some people, while others insist it must include Halloween in the song.  Perhaps it's just a song featured in a Halloween movie or played at a party we've attended that makes us think of the holiday.

Let's take a look at (and listen to) 5 songs that I would recommend to help get you in the mood for the rapidly approaching Halloween season!  

5 Summer Music Memories

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

I'm definitely not what I would call a "music person."  I've worked with some people that can spend hours telling me about their music collection, how they spent weeks perfecting their "playlist," or go deep into conversation about songs that never get air time on the radio.  I've had conversations about things like this with people about singers like Enya.  Yes, even that Enya.

That's just not my thing.  Sure, I can prattle off about pro wrestling lore or things from my childhood like Ghostbusters or Dick Tracy, and that probably bores the music folk just as much as their songs make my eyes roll.  I don't HATE music; I do have some songs I like, but that's about it.  I don't go "deep," as they say, and my taste is a pretty eclectic set of songs.  

The songs I really like tend to remind me of a moment in time from the past.  If I had to classify my favorite type of music, I guess it would be classic rock.  I'm not really sure.  Of course, being a Long Islander, it's basically required to like Billy Joel, and I do.  

In the car, I'd rather listen to my podcasts or talk radio.  I won't listen to the sports or politics kind of talk radio, but more the Opie and Anthony and Howard Stern "hot talk" format.  

That all said, I understand why most people prefer music.  For me, and I'm sure everyone else, hearing a certain song can instantly bring me back to a time and place, or even a specific scent sometimes, that I haven't thought of in years. 

The following 5 songs bring me right back to great memories of the summer times of my youth.  Hopefully, they spark a memory of your own!