BRIAN WILSON – ” At My Piano “

Posted: October 9, 2021 in MUSIC
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Brian Wilson has released his solo, piano instrumental rendition of The Beach Boys‘ hit, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”. The song release comes just two weeks after he announced “At My Piano”, a collection of 15 Beach Boys classics reimagined as solo piano instrumentals, due out November 19th via Decca Records,

Back in September, along with announcement of the album, Wilson shared the first single, “God Only Knows“. Much like the first single, the newly released “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” stays true to the song’s original structure and feel. While it has a slightly slower tempo, this solo rendition from Wilson captures the many different melodies and vocal tonalities present on the original recording from The Beach Boys’ 1966 album, “Pet Sounds”. Despite the absence of vocals, it’s hard to refrain from singing along with Wilson as he gracefully glides through the first chorus. As Wilson said in a statement alongside the album’s announcement, “We had an upright piano in our living room and from the time I was 12 years old I played it each and every day. I never had a lesson, I was completely self-taught.”

He continued, “I can’t express how much the piano has played such an important part in my life. It has bought me comfort, joy, and security. It has fuelled my creativity as well as my competitive nature. I play it when I’m happy or feeling sad. I love playing for people and I love playing alone when no one is listening. Honestly, the piano and the music I create on it has probably saved my life.”

These sentiments are ever-present on this recording, which allows the listener to tap into each and every emotion Wilson feels when playing.

Below, listen to Wilson’s solo piano rendition of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, set to appear on the forthcoming album At My Piano. Tour dates and tickets to Wilson’s ongoing tour, Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live!, with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

A Decca Records recording; ℗ 2021 Brimel, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Released on: 2021-10-01

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