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I had to fix a lot of things this morning
‘Cause they were so scrambled
But now it’s okay
I tell you I’ve got enough to do

The Beach Boys – Busy Doin Nothing

I was sittin’ in a crummy movie
With my hands on my chin
all the violence that occurs
Seems like we never win
Love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
Love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

Brian Wilson- “Love and Mercy”

The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson have been part of who i am since I was 13 and “Endless Summer ” came out in the seventies. While everyone was Jammin to Grand Funk and Stevie Wonder I was up late listening to “Holland” on earphones in my room. It was “my” thing and I loved it. It is still a source of joy when anything Beach Boy or Brian Wilson reaches my ears and now it looks like something Brian Wilson new and old is coming…

BRIAN WILSON RETURNS TO CAPITOL RECORDS / EMI, HIS ORIGINAL LABEL HOME…. NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘THAT LUCKY OLD SUN,’ TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2 ON CD, DELUXE CD/DVD, LIMITED EDITION VINYL & DIGITALLY” 

You don’t have to climb the Capitol tower, or play the Hollywood Bowl, if there’s a roll in your heart, and a rock in your soul…” (lyrics from That Lucky Old Sun’s “California Role”)

Hollywood, California – May 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

– He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the
most cherished music in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most gifted and influential pop composers of the last 50 years. Today, Wilson announces his return to Capitol Records / EMI, his original label home. Wilson’s new studio recording,

That Lucky Old Sun

 will be released by Capitol/EMI on CD, CD/DVD, limited edition vinyl and digitally on September 2 (September 1 internationally). Brian Wilson’s return to Capitol Records / EMI, where The Beach Boys caught their first hit wave with the 1962 classic, “Surfin’ Safari/409,” is a triumphant homecoming for one of the world’s most gifted and beloved musical talents.

 

 

“I’m thrilled to be back home with Capitol, and I’m looking forward to sharing That Lucky Old Sun with everyone,” says Brian Wilson. “This music is really special to me.”

 

“We are delighted to be working with Brian Wilson for his new album,That Lucky Old Sun,” says Guy Hands, Executive Chairman of EMI Music. “We all remember the feelingwe got when we first heard The Beach Boys’ music. My particular favorite classic is ‘Surfer Girl.’ It always reminds me of driving an open top car down the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Barbara to Malibu. Brian Wilson is an iconic talent with enormous musical influence all over the world and we are very proud to be representing him.”

 

A musical love letter from Southern California,

 

 

That Lucky Old Sun

shimmers with sundappled choruses and arrangements that swell and swirl as if carried by the Pacific tides. One of the songs, “Midnight’s Another Day,” has been described by MOJO magazine as “glorious.” The album is narrated in transitional interludes spoken by Wilson as ‘That Lucky Old Sun,’ the storyteller. The narratives, cameos on life and the heartbeat of Los Angeles, propel the album’s musical story.

 

Last summer, Wilson found himself singing the 1949 classic song, “That Lucky Old Sun,” which became the inspiration for a unique approach to what would become his next studio release. He bought Louis Armstrong’s version of the track and was inspired to collaborate lyrically with his band mate Scott Bennett, and with Van Dyke Parks, his old ‘sidekick,’ to create vibrant spoken narratives. Wilson debuted “That Lucky Old Sun” at London’s Royal Festival Hall in September 2007 in a series of six sold-out and critically acclaimed concert performances celebrating the theatre’s restoration.

 

Wilson describes That Lucky Old Sun as an “interwoven series of ‘rounds’ with interspersed spoken word,” and as an autobiographical travelogue of sorts. The new studio album is produced by Wilson and was created with his acclaimed band at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where he first recorded in 1962.The new release is the dawning of a new California morning for Brian Wilson, continuing the awe-inspiring concept album journey that he first began four decades ago. Wilson’s songwriting, arranging and producing talents came together in harmonious glory for The Beach Boys’ 1966 classic, Pet Sounds, and have continued to evolve during his solo career, highlighted by his 2004 critically acclaimed Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE. Lyrically and in Wilson’s incomparably lush, evocative arrangements, That Lucky Old Sun adds a new chapter to Wilson’s conceptual presentations, reaching ever higher with his vibrant and moving autobiographical storytelling and intricate harmonies. Following numerous nominations, Wilson won a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (2004) for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” and he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Last December, he was feted as a leading cultural icon by The Kennedy Center Honors alongside Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin and Leon Fleisher.

Brian Wilson:


That Lucky Old Sun

 

That Lucky Old Sun
Morning Beat
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Good Kind of Love
Forever My Surfer Girl
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Live Let Live
Mexican Girl
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
California Role
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Oxygen
Can’t Wait Too Long (vocal excerpt)
Midnight’s Another Day
Going Home
Southern California

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I had to fix a lot of things this morning
‘Cause they were so scrambled
But now it’s okay
I tell you I’ve got enough to do

The Beach Boys – Busy Doin Nothing

I was sittin’ in a crummy movie
With my hands on my chin
all the violence that occurs
Seems like we never win
Love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
Love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

Brian Wilson- “Love and Mercy”

The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson have been part of who i am since I was 13 and “Endless Summer ” came out in the seventies. While everyone was Jammin to Grand Funk and Stevie Wonder I was up late listening to “Holland” on earphones in my room. It was “my” thing and I loved it. It is still a source of joy when anything Beach Boy or Brian Wilson reaches my ears and now it looks like something Brian Wilson new and old is coming…

BRIAN WILSON RETURNS TO CAPITOL RECORDS / EMI, HIS ORIGINAL LABEL HOME…. NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘THAT LUCKY OLD SUN,’ TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2 ON CD, DELUXE CD/DVD, LIMITED EDITION VINYL & DIGITALLY” 

You don’t have to climb the Capitol tower, or play the Hollywood Bowl, if there’s a roll in your heart, and a rock in your soul…” (lyrics from That Lucky Old Sun’s “California Role”)

Hollywood, California – May 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

– He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the
most cherished music in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most gifted and influential pop composers of the last 50 years. Today, Wilson announces his return to Capitol Records / EMI, his original label home. Wilson’s new studio recording,

That Lucky Old Sun

 will be released by Capitol/EMI on CD, CD/DVD, limited edition vinyl and digitally on September 2 (September 1 internationally). Brian Wilson’s return to Capitol Records / EMI, where The Beach Boys caught their first hit wave with the 1962 classic, “Surfin’ Safari/409,” is a triumphant homecoming for one of the world’s most gifted and beloved musical talents.

 

 

“I’m thrilled to be back home with Capitol, and I’m looking forward to sharing That Lucky Old Sun with everyone,” says Brian Wilson. “This music is really special to me.”

 

“We are delighted to be working with Brian Wilson for his new album,That Lucky Old Sun,” says Guy Hands, Executive Chairman of EMI Music. “We all remember the feelingwe got when we first heard The Beach Boys’ music. My particular favorite classic is ‘Surfer Girl.’ It always reminds me of driving an open top car down the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Barbara to Malibu. Brian Wilson is an iconic talent with enormous musical influence all over the world and we are very proud to be representing him.”

 

A musical love letter from Southern California,

 

 

That Lucky Old Sun

shimmers with sundappled choruses and arrangements that swell and swirl as if carried by the Pacific tides. One of the songs, “Midnight’s Another Day,” has been described by MOJO magazine as “glorious.” The album is narrated in transitional interludes spoken by Wilson as ‘That Lucky Old Sun,’ the storyteller. The narratives, cameos on life and the heartbeat of Los Angeles, propel the album’s musical story.

 

Last summer, Wilson found himself singing the 1949 classic song, “That Lucky Old Sun,” which became the inspiration for a unique approach to what would become his next studio release. He bought Louis Armstrong’s version of the track and was inspired to collaborate lyrically with his band mate Scott Bennett, and with Van Dyke Parks, his old ‘sidekick,’ to create vibrant spoken narratives. Wilson debuted “That Lucky Old Sun” at London’s Royal Festival Hall in September 2007 in a series of six sold-out and critically acclaimed concert performances celebrating the theatre’s restoration.

 

Wilson describes That Lucky Old Sun as an “interwoven series of ‘rounds’ with interspersed spoken word,” and as an autobiographical travelogue of sorts. The new studio album is produced by Wilson and was created with his acclaimed band at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where he first recorded in 1962.The new release is the dawning of a new California morning for Brian Wilson, continuing the awe-inspiring concept album journey that he first began four decades ago. Wilson’s songwriting, arranging and producing talents came together in harmonious glory for The Beach Boys’ 1966 classic, Pet Sounds, and have continued to evolve during his solo career, highlighted by his 2004 critically acclaimed Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE. Lyrically and in Wilson’s incomparably lush, evocative arrangements, That Lucky Old Sun adds a new chapter to Wilson’s conceptual presentations, reaching ever higher with his vibrant and moving autobiographical storytelling and intricate harmonies. Following numerous nominations, Wilson won a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (2004) for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” and he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Last December, he was feted as a leading cultural icon by The Kennedy Center Honors alongside Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin and Leon Fleisher.

Brian Wilson:


That Lucky Old Sun

 

That Lucky Old Sun
Morning Beat
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Good Kind of Love
Forever My Surfer Girl
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Live Let Live
Mexican Girl
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
California Role
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Oxygen
Can’t Wait Too Long (vocal excerpt)
Midnight’s Another Day
Going Home
Southern California

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Sunday, back in D.C. and hanging out with a lot of old friends and loving it!

It seemed that I was surrounded by a sea of loving, gifted, and creative energy. People living by example and not opininon. Especially my old childhood friend Tony Powell. Tony’s energy was positive, almost contagious! He eagerly wanted to sop up every aspect of positivity around him, and convert it into “life excitement”.

This is definitely a man who made a clear decision to embrace family and friends, using them as a pool of wisdom AND knowledge.

He’s even been dubbed “a 21st Century Renaissance Man” by the Washington Post.  Powell is a choreographer, composer, painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and writer.

He is a 1995 graduate of the Juilliard School and directed his own dance company, Tony Powell/Music & Movement, for 10 years. This native Washingtonian has won numerous awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for his choreography, and his 4th String Quartet received the first ever Metro DC Dance Award for Original Music.

He has written three scores for the Internationally-renowned Parsons Dance Company, and he has created over 100 ballets for companies including The Joffrey Ballet, The Washington Ballet, The Maryland Youth Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, The Manassas Dance Company, and Odyssey Dance Theater.

His largest commissioned piece, Contredanse, for 18 dancers of Odyssey Dance Theatre, premiered in March 2007. “Impulse,” his most recent work for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago was selected to illustrate the cover of the August 2007 issue of Dance Magazine. He currently has commissions to create works for Philadanco, the Ailey School , and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in Denver, Colorado.

Support for the creation of his work has come from The Cafritz Foundation, The Washington Post Company, The Meyer Foundation, Verizon, Philip Morris, The Mead Family Foundation, Allesee Family Foundation, The Dreyfus Foundation, and The Philip L. Graham Fund, among others. He has taught ballet and modern dance techniques at The Washington School of Ballet, The Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet, Towson University, Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, Manassas School of Dance, Joy of Motion, Feet First, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Jones Haywood School of Ballet. Also Tony has a new blog http://wwww.tonypowell.wordpress.com its a work in progress.. and it may already be up and running as I type this.

Once again Tony, good luck on all your ventures! It has been a pleasure and most of all….FUN!

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I wish I could leap like this! However there would be a strong chance I would land on our dog Angel, roll out the door and land face first in the recycling bin. Our trip to D.C. gave us a chance to reunite with longtime childhood friend, Tony Powell. He introduced us to his lovely wife, Kellie and thier wonderful kids! What a prosperous and loving family. Kellie told a little about her passion for dance.

This gal has got dance in her blood. Kellie first entered the dance studio at the age of three. Through her many years of training, she studied ballet (both Vaganova & Cecchetti methods), pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, & modern with her grandmother, a former Rockette. This training was supplemented and enhanced by her work at The Duke Ellington School for the arts and several professional dance companies. She was founding member and ballet mistress of Tony Powell/Music & Movement* , and Adrain Bolton Dance Company. With these very successful dance companies Kellie graced many area stages including such venues as The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Publick Playhouse, and New York’s City Center.

Wow. Damn. Wow again. I JUST LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY LOVE!

Kellie also told us about her dance company”Fusion”…. She and her business partner Candra Preshong saw an opportunity to not only create dance scholarships for under privileged kids in the D.C. area but to work with schools and other non-profit organizations to support performing arts programs, parent teachers associations, and offer the services of our professional dance company to organizations that otherwise would not be able to afford it.

Did you know that kids who participate in dance are less likely to be overweight? Dance also teaches coordination and rhythm, while instilling discipline, increasing strength and improving posture. Kids also learn how to participate in a structured environment, follow directions, and have respect for themselves and others.

For adults, and especially seniors, dancing provides an opportunity for socializing and building relationships, as well as reducing stress and boosting their immune systems. And for kids and adults of any age – its just plain fun!

If you’d like to donate to this worthy organization –http://fusiondancecompany.org/Support3.html

* Tony, what’s a ballet mistress?

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