‘It stopped working’: For the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, it’s about new music not meditation

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson held a free-ranging Facebook Q&A with fans on Monday, offering new insights into his forthcoming solo album, a few choice nuggets about his legendary band — and even admitted his biggest regret.

The new studio effort will feature several intriguing musical intersections, including Jeff Beck and a trio of former Beach Boys bandmates in Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin and David Marks — of whom appeared with Wilson on tour last year.

But the songs are again being principally composed with Wilson’s longtime solo collaborator Joe Thomas.

“Jeff didn’t write with me,” Wilson told fans. “He’s playing on them.” He also handed out high praise for Jardine: “I think he is a great singer, and a great music guy.” Of the new songs he’s worked up, Wilson says his favorites are “Sail Away” and “Last Song.”

Asked to name the most underrated Beach Boys song, Wilson offered: “The Little Girl I Once Knew.” He listed 1965′s Summer Days and Summer Nights!! as his favorite album with the band, “because it had cool rock ‘n’ roll songs.” The most recent concert he’s attended, Wilson said, was Paul McCartney.

He says, looking back, he would have mixed “California Girls” differently — but that’s nowhere near his biggest regret. For that, Wilson said: “I would not take drugs,” then added “no one should take drugs.” Meanwhile, Wilson has stopped meditating — because, he says, “it stopped working!”

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