Welcome To Pet Sounds!
At six years old, in the spring of 1959 and living in Pacoima in the suburbs of Los Angeles, I heard Lloyd Price’s record “Personality” on the radio, and something inside me was activated. I realized that no matter what else might happen in my life, I wanted to stay close to music, learn more about it, and continue to get that somewhat puzzling, tingling thrill I’d felt. I began to pay close attention to my parents’ small collection of Broadway cast albums, singers on the Ed Sullivan show, and Top 40 radio. The Beach Boys provided much of the soundtrack to my upbringing in a town of almost endless summer. When their Pet Sounds album arrived in 1966 it immediately became my favorite album. The lyrics spoke to my adolescent dreams and anxieties, and the music embodied joy, wonder, yearning and sadness. Now in my sixties, I take pride in my career as a freelance writer, record company executive, music consultant and radio broadcaster, making a living from my central passion, to enjoy and share music. As Brian Wilson says, “I believe that music is God’s voice.”