Sunday, October 30, 2016
Music is bipartisan.................
The rest of the night was a blur, though I can pick out moments. Art Garfunkle gave a nice speech about me while a film was shown. The audience gave me a standing ovation. I was focusing all my energy on just keeping it together. It would have been so easy to be overwhelmed. Then people started performing. Lyle Lovett did a great take on "God Only Knows," and then Hootie and The Blowfish come out and sang "I Get Around." Then they segued into "California Girls" and I saw all these powerful Washington people act like any other crowd: they started dancing. First it was Senator Ted Kennedy. He stood up. Then the distinguished gentleman next to him stood up. Pretty soon the whole place was rocking. I took a peek over at President and Mrs. Bush, and at Secretary Rice. They were up, too, singing along with every word. Music is bipartisan.
-Brian Wilson, i am Brian Wilson: a memoir