RIP Carl Wilson (1946-1998)

It’s always a crass feeling when you have to condense your feelings about an artist down to a few sentences because they have passed away. But the fact is I’ve been thinking about Carl Wilson since first reading that he was suffering from cancer sometime last year. And somehow it’s not that hard to bring it down to one moment that summs up what his voice and music have meant to me. It’s an obvious moment perhaps nine out of ten fans would choose, which I guess qualifies it as his greatest legacy: his vocal on „God Only Knows“ from the 1966 album Pet Sounds.