Friday, May 11, 2012
SUMMERTIME RADIO SAY YEAH!
Summer music on a tinny little transistor radio long ago might have been The Beach Boys or Jan and Dean, California sounds that filtered through the mesh speaker into the foggy Pacific Northwest carrying promises of cookouts and glassy waves and bikini-clad girls. Songs were simple those summers. They told tales of cars and girls--that's all--at least until Dylan came along with his magic bag and the Beatles tried on their Rubber Souls, and The Beach Boys left the beach for the sandbox and the petting zoo--and Brian Wilson composed his "Teenage Symphonies to God," or something to that effect--but before the cornucopia spilled forth artsy complications during the psychedelic era, this is what you heard on a transistor radio one fine summer day long ago.