'Rolling Stone' magazine, where Brian says,
"... I was scared of dying and going through all kinds of shit, and a song got me through it.
You know Danny Hutton's [Three Dog Night] song 'Black & White'?
If you ever get in a pinch, boot up 'Black & White' on your cell phone.
You'll feel better right away.
It's like, Elton John had that song 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight', and that's exactly what happened to me."
Brian doesn't really explain what it is exactly about that song that got him out of his mental funk, and to be honest I would much prefer 'Three Dog Night's 'Joy to the World' over 'Black & White', but as John Lennon sings, 'Whatever Gets You Through the Night' I guess.
The song was first recorded by Pete Seeger in 1956, followed by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957, but it was 'Three Dog Night' that had the big hit with it.
Easter Monday at Bluesfest 2016
|Brian Wilson singing Pet Sounds songs at Bluesfest, 2016
The thing was I happened to be working on that image and saying above when I read Brian's story in 'Rolling Stone', so the fact he mentioned a song called 'Black & White' while I was working on a Yin/Yang image kind of got my attention.I was working on that image because I hate when people try to explain all the bad stuff away in life with that cringe-worthy saying of, "It's all good".
Because life is far from "all good" or "all bad".
And "that's life".
We just have to ride it out, or "get on a bird and fly", to be quite Frank.