I’m lucky to do a job I’m really passionate about and one that brings me genuine fulfilment. When I recall my days as ‘head of hoisery’ at BHS, which essentially meant I spent my days sorting and restocking a wall of indistinguishable tan tights into neat columns day in day out under the watchful eye of a stern manager, I’m in no doubt what a good thing feels like.
Every now and then work gets truly surreal and I look at a moment with teenage eyes, wondering I got here. Tuesday night was such a night, as I watched the Beach Boys’ Mike Love be interviewed on stage at the Union Chapel by The Times’ Ed Potton about his recent autobiography: Good Vibrations: My Life As A Beach Boy (Faber & Faber). The evening was full of Love’s memories of the early days of the Beach Boys drawing on his relationship with his cousins the Wilson brothers and how they were somehow always a band, singing in the community from a young age. He also recalled the moment the lyrics for Good Vibrations came to him whilst driving, asking his then wife to write them down line by line as he spoke them out loud. Love also discussed the band’s playful rivalry with, and respect for, The Beatles and recalled the time they shared under the tutelage of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in the company of ‘dear’ Prudence.
At the end of the night, three figures -Scott Totten, Bruce Johnston and Jeffrey Foskett – peeled from the front row and joined Mike Love to sing an acapella version of Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring.
The Beach Boys (l-r) Scott Totten, Bruce Johnston, Jeffrey Foskett, Mike Love