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How I missed Brian Wilson Day one of NAMM

Photo by Terry Miller


Day One NAMM

By Terry Miller

I’ve attended NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants ) conventions since the 1980’s and it’s always a kid in a candy store kind of feeling for me as a drummer and photojournalist.
But last Thursday I was hoping to get the first day off to a great start by seeing Brian Wilson play and sing a couple of songs at the Gibson booth. I’d been alerted via email in the morning of Wilson’s noon appearance but the car just wasn’t fast enough to get there in time. I should have driven my Little Deuce Coupe. I missed Brian’s performance by a mere ten minutes. Merde. For those of you who don’t speak French it means “ damn”.


Oh well. I did however, hear about the performance by a guy from Gibson who said they played “ God only knows..” I was even more devastated. My favorite Beach Boy song, ever! – I missed the chance of a lifetime to see the legend in an intimate setting sing my favorite song by a mere ten minutes.
So, I went off the Press Room to console myself with a cup of coffee and start planning the rest of the afternoon.

When I got home I pulled out my copy of Pet Sounds…..Man, how could I have missed such a rare opportunity? Next time I’m takin’ the “B”…I couldn’t this time as it was raining!

More tales of music other legends I just missed NAMM tomorrow

January 25, 2013

About Author

tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family sailed to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures, chasing a breaking news story. or playing drums, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars like his beloved 74 MGB...more like an addiction, says his wife of 22 years.


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