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Not Made for These Times: Looking for Answers in 4 O’Clock Moments

Every winter in the seasonal slump of dismal gray, I find myself turning to the same source of hope—the sunny sound walls of the Beach Boys. Growing up in the millennial generation, I was the only one who considered Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson’s voices to be the harmonies of my childhood. Don’t get me […]

Another Week Ends: More Meritocracy, Hakuna Matata Election, Dating Apocalypse, Loving Psychos, The Ambush of Grief, and Irresponsible Gender Equity

Click here to listen to this week’s episode of The Mockingcast, which features an interview with Zac Hicks, author of the brand new book The Worship Pastor. 1. In a great piece called “Meritocracy Is Exhausting,” from The Atlantic (ht DT), Victor Tan Chen explains how a society built on reward can be not only tiresome but […]

Lighting the Way Through the Valley of Dying Stars: The Ballad of John Davis and Superdrag

Continuing with our series of notable rock star breakdowns/conversions… It was one of those priceless record store moments that the Internet has made so obsolete. Late 2000 and I was doing what I did every Tuesday in college: browsing the new releases at Olson’s in DC (now closed). “You’ll swear you’re hearing Carl Wilson (of […]

March Playlist (plus Brian Wilson)

Pretty heavy on the Britpop this time – be warned! 1. April Fools – Rufus Wainwright 2. Delirious Love – Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson 3. The One You Can’t Have – The Honeys 4. Mine Smell Like Honey – REM 5. Don’t Look Back – Teenage Fanclub 6. You Bowed Down – Roger McGuinn […]

Another Week Ends: Japan, Facebook & Divorce, Preschool Litigation, more Galli on B(h)ell, The Beach Boys’ Smile, Community

1. Two very moving additions to the coverage of the disasters in Japan. First, if you can decipher the google-translation, there’s the story of a woman who sacrificed her life to warn a village of the impending destruction here. And two, the footage that made this all very real to yours truly. If it doesn’t […]

April Playlist

This one has it all: 1. Harmour Love – Syreeta with Stevie Wonder [Theme Song from Junebug] 2. Can’t Hardly Wait – Justin Townes Earle 3. To Live Is To Fly – Townes Van Zandt 4. It Never Rains In California – Albert Hammond [Sr.] 5. That Same Song – The Beach Boys 6. Make […]

He Heard the Music. . .


Happy 30th Birthday to our fearless founder, David Zahl. Without his (and Cate’s) initial vision, commitment, sacrifice and a (seemingly inexhaustible) passion for all things Beach Boys, we would be up the Mockingcreek without a Mockingpaddle. On top of that, thanks to him, we’re all just a little bit cooler.

And no, he doesn’t look a day over 29:)

Happy Birthday Dave.

The Beach Boys Keep Singing That Same Song

A recent discovery from the bottomless well that is the original Wilson brothers, this video touches on many of the themes that we like to explore on this blog: strength in weakness, broken vessels, singing “that same song” (you know the one…) over and over, awesome rock n roll, sweet outfits, etc. They really say […]

Belated March Playlist

1. Wake Up (acoustic) – Arcade Fire 2. You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone – The Beach Boys 3. Breakdown – GNR 4. Back in ’72 – Bob Seger 5. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths 6. Miracle Cure – Blank + Jones feat. Bernard Sumner 7. Give Some Love […]

The Powerlessness Of The Law (Rom 8.3)

This poster has been popping up all over Manhattan as part of a campaign to “raise awareness” about domestic violence.


It represents the fundamental disconnect between what we ought to do and what we actually do, between our conscience and out conduct, between the Law and our lives.

If only creating goodness was as simple as providing the right “instructions”! Of course, St. Paul knows better, as does every mom who has ever tried to get her kids to eat their vegetables or finish their homework.

Brian Wilson Goes Surfing

Recently at our Mockingbird Hour meeting, we looked at the life and music of the mighty Brian Wilson. Love and mercy, strength in weakness, the bondage of the will, good vibrations (the Holy Spirit): it’s all there, in spades. In honor of the event, I’ve hunted down a video of the infamous “Surfnapping” skit from […]

Happy Dennis Wilson Day!