I was so happy to receive the collector orange vinyl edition of The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the ESQ giveaway last month. I am an avid fan of all things Beach Boys and have been an ESQ reader for the past several years and as I posted on your fabulously updated site, ‘it is a great time to be a Beach Boys fan’. There is always something new to discover and I appreciate the care and expertise put into each issue of ESQ.
The recent tributes to Nick Walusko have been enlightening and heart-warming. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to have met nearly all members of Brian’s band, and I’ll treasure the few moments I spent chatting with Nick, he always made me feel like I was a familiar friend. I first discovered the Beach Boys when I was around 10 years old and my dad bought the 10 Great Songs CD (probably off a carwash carousel or the like) for our family vacation in Montauk (a beach town on the eastern tip of Long Island, NY). I spent the whole summer listening over and over again … I fell in love with their Christmas album that holiday season and then on Christmas morning I opened a gift from my grandmother: Smiley Smile. Now this was a turning point for any listener, and I encountered it early … and it hit like a ton of bricks! I was in. I spent the next several formative years buying the 90s twofers from Columbia House Record Club and any other material I could get my hands on.
A few years later I formed a band with my brother, cousins, and a friend called the D-Fenders and we rocked and rolled the beaches of eastern Long Island all summer long for the next decade-plus. If the mood was right, we would open our second set with an a capella “well, you’re well, you’re welcome …” transitioning into “Heroes and Villains.” I currently rock my living room with my two beautiful daughters and my musically talented wife. A lot of Beach Boys at our house.
Anyway, thanks again for the wonderful content and for sharing your passion with us super-fans. Keep it coming!
The WINTER 2019 edition of ESQ features a discussion on Nick Walusko, his amazing musical gifts and so much more.Together, Mike D’Amico, Probyn Gregory, Paul Von Mertens, Bob Lizik, Todd Sucherman, Jeffrey Foskett, Nelson Bragg, Mark London, Gary Griffin, Scott Bennett, and Andy Paley each reflects on his time and experience with Nick. Many untold stories are featured here for the first time. To order your copy, CLICK HERE