In Santa Monica is the Chez Jay, an amazing dive bar with one hell of a history, right off the pier and beach. Lots of famous folks hung out here. The owner, a real groovy guy, was telling me about when Keith Richards climbed out the port hole. There’s not really any windows. It’s just a tiny sea-foam green beach shack.
So I’m hangin’ there and having a few drinks to honor Beach Boy singer-songwriter, pianist and drummer Dennis Wilson, who made this his regular spot for many years until his passing in December 1983 and in walks Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for the Foo Fighters, and sits right next to me at the bar.
Cool, right? Well, dig this…
In 2008 he was invited to sing lead vocals on an unreleased Dennis composition for the reissue release of Wilson’s iconic, bitchin’ 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue and the never released follow up, Bambu. The track is Holy Man, a song that truly shows the light and soul of Dennis himself.
After losing my mind watching the sunset illuminate the California hillside, I drop in to the Chez Jay in Santa Monica with wet, sandy shoes to have some rum in remembrance of a man whose music and spirit saved my life and spend my night in the corner of the bar having a beer with Taylor Hawkins, as the owner shares some personal memories and cherished moments with Dennis Wilson.
He says to me, “right here, where you are, is the last place I saw Dennis.”
Universe, your timing is beautiful. Thank You.
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