To celebrate the end of summer in some parts of the world, Musical Monday features a Beach Boys classic tune.
Rolling Stone Magazine counts Good Vibrations as #8 on their Readers’ Poll 10 Greatest Summer Songs list, and #5 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
“I’m pickin’ up good vibrations
She’s giving me excitations
Good, good, good, good vibrations”
-- The Beach Boys, Good Vibrations
In 1966, The Beach Boys released the rock masterpiece Good Vibrations, a groundbreaking mosaic of session recordings, and the industry’s most expensive single when it was released. The song represented a big departure from hits like Surfin’ USA and I Get Around for The Beach Boys.
Mike Love’s lyrics reflected the exploding flower power culture in the U.S., and Brian Wilson’s music was inspired by his Mother’s belief that people give off vibrations. Wilson was reportedly frightened by the concept of life force vibrations as a child and the feeling went on to inspire him to greatness.
The concept of life energy has been studied for over ten thousand years in the Far East. Chi, as it’s known in Chinese medicine, is the core of many health and wellness practices such as Massage, Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture.
Maintaining a balanced energy flow through the body is growing in importance in Western medicine and culture as well.