If you saw the tsunami celebrity extravaganza the other night, you may have seen Brian Wilson performing “Love & Mercy”, a simple and poignant tune from his 1988 solo debut. Before I ever found out that the tune was Brian’s, I heard the tune coming from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, which I guess was in pre-Wilco times (maybe while he was in Uncle Tupelo). He was part of a side project called Golden Smog, which also contained members of Soul Asylum, the Replacements, the Jayhawks, and more. Sort of a supergroup that got together in the Minneapolis area in the late 80’s – early 90’s.
Well, I was quite taken by the song for it’s simplicity, beauty, and important message. Take a listen.