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Hear it before ya make it!
Thursday, May 23 2019 @ 07:21 PM CDT

Brian Wilson was a singularity in 1966. His family band is not playing a genre ready form. As ya watch this video it becomes clear Wilson is directing the session players as to what he wants, the musicians clearly also have lead sheets. He is also taking advantage of the input of the players on the session.
Why is this important? He's creating the backing track (for one of the most beloved songs in his cannon), so, on a subsequent session he can add the vocals. He has only four tracks to work with, which means he is mixing down tracks as he goes working in mono. He hears what the final track might sound like in his mind's ear and as you see here struggles to get to what he hears while at the same time being open to inspiration from the players and his own muse.
Be encouraged and try Brian's method. Hear the whole thing and then try to make the record. Focus on the whole first, have a vision, and then create the parts as best you can. The end product might have an original structure and sound unique, would that be a welcome change? It's called "Pet Sounds" for several reasons... and it changed pop music forever.