Brian Wilson's signature solo song has been recast as a tribute to victims of war and poverty.
A newly recorded version of "Love and Mercy" blends Brian's voice with that of Mursal, an Afghani girl whose two sisters were murdered in 2012 by a suicide bomber.
American musician Lanny Cordola is the middleman in this story. Touched by the plight of children in war torn Afghanistan, he helped Mursal form The Miraculous Love Kids with other Kabul street kids. He tells Rolling Stone that it began in the Afghan capital "when some of the girls began to teach me an Islamic saying which means, 'In the name of God, the all loving, the all merciful.'" That phrase was connected with the enduring image of Brian's "Love and Mercy."
Pleased to sign onto the project that was released on Giving Tuesday, Wilson says, "I’m glad music makes the children feel love and mercy... That’s what the music’s all about: making you feel happy."