*I must interject: this music may sound “normal” to us now, but think about it in the context of 1966, before the hippie movement, before Sgt. Pepper, and before any kind of musical freak out. This was OUT THERE.*
As I listen to SMiLE, I hear a new type of music and an artist saying “ok, this is how we’re going to do it now.” I see that in a lot of the work people are doing in libraries and what people are writing about on library blogs. I feel a bit of “so, we didn’t do that before, but who cares, now we will!” in the air these days when it comes to libraries. I like that. It makes me think of this time when Brian Wilson was creating SMiLE. Who cares what happened in the past? Try somethig new.
Once SMiLE was aborted, focus turned towards a new album called Smiley Smile. Don’t let the name fool you…Smiley Smile is not SMiLE, but at the same time has parts of SMiLE. Confused? Your best chance at understanding this is just listening to the two albums.
And remember to SMiLE.