The Beach Boys, First Concerts, Hellos and Goodbyes

Last Friday I had the chance to see my favorite band in the world live one final time.  What made the event even more special was that I got to experience it with my son Finn.  It was his first concert.  Finn’s enjoyed the Beach Boys music for quite some time now.  He runs around the house singing I Get Around, Catch a Wave, and Little Deuce Coupe.  I was happy that he got to see the band performing those songs live.  The look in his eyes when I Get Around was performed was something that I will never forget.  It was a combination of “Dad, OMG this is THE BEACH BOYS” and “now I have dance harder, faster, and better than I’ve ever danced before.”  It was one of the best moments of my life.

Which leads me to the next part =.  The new Beach Boys album and the show were my chance to say goodbye to the band and the music that’s shaped my life considerably.  With all of the members inching towards their seventies, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll get another album or tour like this ever again. Who knows.  But it was great to get together one final time and do it again.  It was great to hear some of my favorite songs live (Add Some Music To Your Day, All This Is That, Sail On Sailor) and enjoy a set that really spanned the history of the band.  It reaffirmed my love for their music which warms my soul and helps me spread positivity into the world.

To Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson: thank you for all of the music, the love, and the energy you put into making this world a nicer place.  Thank you for the chance to share such a great moment with my son.

If you have access to Spotify, here’s the link to listen to the setlist

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