"Yeah...I remember him
sitting in the sand box when he was writing Pet Sounds."~Marilyn
Wilson, from Back To The Beach, (pg.128.)
"I then told the astrologer
about the hallucination I'd had in the bookstore last December,
presenting it as a riddle. Genevelyn thought about it for a moment,
then explained something that made perfect sense to me. If I
wasn't able to find inspiration for songs outside myself, as
in books, then I had to look someplace else. I had to look inward.
I had to write about the spirituality I felt in my heart."~Brian
Wilson, Wouldn't It Be Nice, (pg.131.)
This encounter provided the
focus for Brian's next album, Pet Sounds. Notice
that Brian was already thinking in terms of riddles and albums.
"I wasn't religious,
but I'd definitely developed a spiritual awareness. Loren was
always discoursing on spirituality, religious books, inspiring
me to make music that would evoke such feelings."~Wouldn't
It Be Nice, (pg.131.)
This quote seems tailor-made
for SMiLE, but it is from the Pet Sounds
portion of Brian's biography. A close look at Pet Sounds
reveals some Zen oriented material. Often, the Zen clues are
in rejected ideas.
"In My Childhood"~ this later became "You Still
Believe In Me." "Children are in touch with paradise
to the extent that they have not fully learned the ego-trick..."~Alan
Watts, The Book, (pg.115.)
"Let Go Of Your Ego"
On To Your Ego"~ a loss of ego must occur in order to
experience enlightenment. The loss of ego makes us more childlike.
"I Know There's An Answer"~ this song's title
and lyrics (a reworking of "Ego") work SMiLE-wise.
"I Know There's An Answer" refers to the Zen
riddle. After Brian's bookstore Zen riddle experience he found
the answer while alone on the beach. "I know now but I had
to find it by myself."
The back cover of Pet
Sounds points toward SMiLE as it features
photos of the Beach Boys as samurai warriors. The samurai embraced
Brian wanted to make music
that would, "give the listener the feeling of being loved."
"He lets everything and
everybody have a share in his rich capacity for loving, without
counting on any love in return. He loves impartially, selflessly,
as though only for the sake of loving. And this not because it
gives him personal pleasure or satisfies a personal desire, but
because he must do so out of abounding love."~Eugen Herrigel,
The Method Of Zen, (pgs.94-95.)
"When it was happening...Pet
Sounds, 'Good Vibrations' and Smile...it
was all one seamless time in which he caught in his music and
captured on tape the emotion that was coming through that pipeline,
that spirit. That's the problem when you're talking about music.
It's not words; it's not verbal. It's that spirit beyond words.
I don't usually talk about spiritual things, but I think his
inspiration came from that place that people call God."~Danny
On Pet Sounds
Brian would combine the sounds of two instruments to make an
altogether new sound. Brian once refered to this as a "miraculous
process." On SMiLE Brian would go even further
by combining two events from his life (his acid flashback &
his spiritual LSD experience) in order to create an altogether
new album form.