Song of the Day: “In My Room”


The Beach Boys might be best known for their bubbly early melodies celebrating wholesome teenage fun in a bygone era, but their more interesting work subverts this effervescence to beautiful effect. Take “In My Room”, the languid Brian Wilson-penned single from 1963. Wilson wrote:

Now it’s dark and
I’m alone but
I won’t be afraid
In my room
In my room

The waltzy guitar and percussion ushers us into a creative genius’s personal space, implicitly asking us to question our own relationship with privacy and creativity.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →