3AM Eternal: The Beach Boys “The Warmth Of The Sun” (1964)


This introspective ballad was written November 22, 1963. Brian and Mike Love had started formulating the idea that morning, and finished the song as a reaction to the tragedy of that day. Though not specifically about the death of the President, it taps into the deep emotion of loss in the wake of a break-up, and relying on the happy memories of the girl who once was there. It’s a sublime piece, and though it was never more than an album cut or a b-side, the song remains one of the band’s most popular tunes, and rightfully so; it is recognized as one of Brian’s first compositional masterpieces.

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