quote:Originally posted by Chris Speers
His comeback song in 1988 was called "Melt Away" - and it was pretty good. I think he does have it in him but i hear he goes through terrible, terrible bits of writer's block.
I think of him as being the opposite of McCartney. McCartney is very loose about song-writing and keeps a cool, sort of level ahead about his creative process. McCartney is like the cool kid in class who walks in with very little studying and gets A and B's on his exam and just takes it all in stride. For Paul, it comes really easy.
Brian Wilson, on the other hand, is a nervous wreck who continually second-guesses himself and analyzes himself. Wilson is like the nebbish kid on exam day who studies and preps himself the night before and still is looking through his text-book just before the exam. A complete wreck. For Wilson, creativity seems painful, almost sheer agony.
EXCELLENT analogies, Chris. And I believe you're exactly right. Paul will just sit down and write a hit without breaking a sweat. Bri agonizes. I think he always had that self doubt feeling, like he wasn't "good enough" or something. I'm just guessing, but I have a feeling that's what happened with Smile. I think he eventually got so frustrated that he just scrapped it. I still firmly believe that the release of Sgt. Pepper was a MAJOR breaking point in Brian's life. I really do. He was STILL talking about it in his 1995 documentary, 'I Just Wasn't Made for These Times.' He thought he had FINALLY written the greatest album in history with Pet Sounds (and he did), and then the next year, The Beatles release Pepper. They said that when Pepper was released, Brian didn't come out of his room for like days. Playing the Pepper album over and over and over and over again. I think it really devastated him. And yes, Melt Away is a good song.