Santana will always be my favourite – man and group, but the Beach Boys are probably my next favourite group from my youth (sorry Rolling Stones and Beatles). I never knew of the genius of the group, or bothered to learn more about them, until much later; at the time it was their final output — their music — that touched me most, in such a way that has stayed with me all these years. Like the title of one of their songs, I always get Good Vibrations from the Beach Boys.
I always got a sense of fun and positivity from the Beach Boys, that everything is going to be alright, as the song goes. Even now, their music invokes that feeling of joy.
Change is what I associate with I Can Hear Music. That, and the obvious agreement that life is often a song.
Everything about their music — innocent fun — comes out when you listen to Barbara Ann. You can’t help but smile and singalong.
In My Room, alongside Good Vibrations, are my favourites from this group.