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“I know that music is always connected to times in your life and emotions. It pulls your emotional strength, in a good way and in a bad way… it’s amazing.”

Now, for your rendition of “Good Vibrations,” it’s amazing to hear Carnie [Wilson] go to that low register in her part of the trio. Will you please share the recording experience of this song? For some reason and maybe I’m off… I see laughter in-between takes of doing this because she really nailed the lower ranges and that’s got to be so hard to do. Oh yeah, we were laughing hysterically actually… you are right about that.

Carnie sometimes referred to herself as “Linda Blair” when she was doing that part. (Laughter) So yeah, that was really funny. It was very, very challenging for her to do that. In just one part, we had to lower her voice electronically, for one part of the song. But, she was almost there! We did on one part because she couldn’t hit just this one note. It’s amazing. All three of you did an incredible job with “Good Vibrations.” That song in particular was a labor of love, that’s how I can describe it. It was

so much fun to dissect the song and just put it back together piece by piece and layer by layer and really see what The Beach Boys did! It was just amazing and a lot of fun to sing. We love the way it turned out; it took us weeks to actually get that done. I can believe it. Going back to 1990 and to knock Madonna’s song “Vogue” out of the number one spot on the Billboard charts and then in 1992 to be the only girl group to outsell The Supremes with your debut… this must have been a very heady time for all of you. Will you share some of your emotions at this time? We were euphoric; we were really excited and on cloud nine—everything

was happening so fast for us. It was kind of hard to absorb. I think that when you are that young, you are still really growing up at the same time. There was a lot going on emotionally and physically… we were traveling the world and so I think in retrospect, I can appreciate it more than I did then. When the CD Wilson Phillips came out, it was always along for the ride in my car. I will always remember listening to it at that time in my life—thank you for that. Oh, you’re really welcome. I’m glad we could move you and affect you in

a great way. I know that music is always connected to times in your life and emotions. It pulls your emotional strength, in a good way and in a bad way… it’s amazing. I have the same thing with other bands where I connect with it in a certain time of my life.

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It honestly seems like 2011 and this year has been extremely productive for you. There is the reality show Still Holding On, the appearances with The Beach Boys, a new album and a new group forming called California Saga. Yeah.

That plus being a wife and mother of four sons. What is your personal secret to balanc- ing all this activity and for you, what’s a favorite part of the day? To be honest with you, (laughter) I don’t have it all figured out. Whatever

I’m doing at the moment, I try to give it my all and it’s hard to do everything well at the same time. Sometimes, I feel very torn, with being a mother and wife and my career. I just try to be present with whatever I’m doing at that moment. I try to take care of myself… I don’t know how to describe it. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance that, to be honest. It’s not an easy task. I love it and I’m very lucky. My favorite part of the day? (Laughter) First off, I love taking walks; that’s

my meditation. That’s a great thing for me because it takes my head to an- other place where I can just let go and decompress. I love swimming with my kids; I also watch a lot of those shows about renovating houses. That’s like my obsession right now, anything to do with homes and decorating… I’m there. Oh, okay. I wanted to know who was your first musical crush as a kid? My first musical crush was Shaun Cassidy; he actually wrote a song with

our Dad when he was at his height of his stardom. He came to our house when Carnie and I were 8 or 9-years old. We were freaking out! We were get- ting ready… we were putting on make-up; we knew he was coming over. We were just beside ourselves. He came over, we got to meet him and we took pictures. It was incredible. How fun. Well Wendy, it’s been a real pleasure. Thank you so much. It was so nice to talk to you, Bill.

Wilson Phillips performs Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. with the San Diego Symphony for their “Summer Pops” 2012 Season. For tickets and information call 619.235.0804 or go to

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