As the title suggests, the 15-track effort features piano-only renditions of Beach Boys classics such as “California Girls,” “Surf’s Up,” and “Good Vibrations.” Stripped back versions of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “In My Room,” and “Don’t Worry Baby” are also included on the album.
In a press statement, Wilson remembered learning how to play music on the piano while growing up. “We had an upright piano in our living room and from the time I was 12 years old I played it each and every day. I never had a lesson, I was completely self-taught,” he said. “I can’t express how much the piano has played such an important part in my life. It has bought me comfort, joy, and security.”
“It has fueled my creativity as well as my competitive nature,” he added. “I play it when I’m happy or feeling sad. I love playing for people and I love playing alone when no one is listening. Honestly, the piano and the music I create on it has probably saved my life.”
As a preview of At My Piano, Wilson has shared a new version of “God Only Knows.” Stream the reimagined 1966 hit below.
Even at 79 years old, Wilson is staying busier than ever. In October, he will head out on the road with Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. Tickets are still available for purchase at Ticketmaster.
At My Piano Artwork:
At My Piano Tracklist:
01. God Only Knows
02. In My Room
03. Don’t Worry Baby
04. California Girls
05. The Warmth of the Sun
06. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
07. You Still Believe in Me
08. I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times
09. Sketches of Smile: Our Prayer/Heroes and Villains/Wonderful/Surfs Up
10. Surf’s Up
12. Till I Die
13. Love and Mercy
14. Mt Vernon Farewell
15. Good Vibrations