Magazine February 24, 2020, Issue

Waxing Lyrical

Mike Love in Spain, June 2017 (Xavi Torrent/WireImage)
In appreciation of some weird and wonderful lines

I was sitting around, listening to the Beach Boys, as one does. Specifically, I was listening to the King’s Singers in an arrangement of one Beach Boys song: “Good Vibrations.” We have all heard this song all of our lives, but I had never quite focused on one lyric: “I don’t know where, but she sends me there.”

I tweeted, as one does. I said that this lyric was possibly my favorite, in any pop song. “It is borderline nonsensical,” I said, “but so wonderful.”

Responding was my friend Roger Kimball, the editor of The New Criterion. “Borderline, maybe,” he said, “but

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