Brian Wilson admits that the piano “probably saved my life”.
The 79-year-old music legend has sounded the Ivories for a new collection of 15 piano covers of his greatest hits, titled “At My Piano, which features hits from the Beach Boys.”
The “God Only Knows” hitmaker learned the piano at a young age, and he admitted playing his beloved instrument had “bought me comfort, joy and security” over the years. .
He said in a press release: “We had an upright piano in our living room and since I was 12 I have played it every day. I never had a course, I was completely self-taught.
I cannot express how the piano has played such an important role in my life. It brought me comfort, joy and security. It fueled my creativity as well as my competitive nature.
I play it when I’m happy or sad. I like to play for people and I like to play alone when no one is listening.
Honestly, the piano and the music I create on it probably saved my life.
Brian – who co-founded the legendary rock band alongside siblings Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and their friend Al Jardine – has reinvented the likes of “God Only Knows,” “Would’t it. Be Nice ”,“ California Girls ”, and“ Good vibes ”.
The musician spoke openly about his battles with sanity and wrote a touching letter, in which he admitted that he had “struggled with things in my head and said things that I didn’t mean” when he said postponed its “Animal Sounds” and “The Greatest Hits Live tours in 2019.
He wrote at the time: “I had every intention of doing these shows and was delighted to start playing again. I was in the studio recording and rehearsing with my band and I felt better. struggled with stuff in my head and saying things that i don’t mean and i don’t know why. this is something i have never dealt with before and we can’t quite understand it for the moment. “
Brian added that while he is still able to live a “wonderful and healthy life,” it was not “good for [him] be on the road “at the time.
He added: “It’s no secret that I have lived with mental illness for many decades,” he wrote. “There were times when it was unbearable, but with the doctors and the drugs I was able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with the support of my family, friends and fans who helped me. to go through this journey. “
After a brief break, Brian hit the road again for the rescheduled race in August of the same year.
‘At My Piano is now available on all major streaming services.
The track listing for ‘At My Piano is:
1. “God only knows”
2. “In my room”
3. “Don’t worry baby”
4. “Californian girls”
5. “The heat of the sun”
6. “Wouldn’t that be nice”
7. “You still believe in me”
8. “I was not made for that time”
9. “Sketches of Smile: Our Prayer / Heroes and Villains / Wonderful / Surfs Up”
10. “Surf is in place”
12. “Until my death”
13. “Love and mercy”
14. “Farewell to Mount Vernon”
15. “Good vibrations”