The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced its selection of individuals to receive the Kennedy Center Honors Award for 2007 and I was happy to see Brian Wilson named as an honoree this year. The Center's press release describes him as "rock and roll's gentlest revolutionary, and the songs he wrote for The Beach Boys have been among the most joyfully influential and exhilarating vibrations in the history of music in our time. There is real humanity in his body of work, vulnerable and sincere, authentic and unmistakably American."
Other honorees include pianist Leon Fleisher, actor and writer Steve Martin, singer Diana Ross, and film director Martin Scorsese. The gala will be broadcast on CBS on Wed., Dec. 26 at 9pm (EST).
Not much to say about Brian except that I can think of very few artists whose music puts a lump in my throat regardless of how many times I hear one of their songs.