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"Good vibrations" Continued...

Issue: "Abortion: Delta force," Jan. 22, 2005

JF: I never questioned it. Even when I was a student at UC Santa Barbara-where basically all of my friends were musicians-I could go from the Christian, church-going, never-say-a-bad-word-about-anyone table to the I-only-smoke-dope-and-occasionally-snort-coke-and-play-in-bars table. I could cross from one to the other and feel totally comfortable in either setting. And while the Christian table was frowning on me, I reminded them-not that I was Christ-that Christ said, "Why are you hanging out with your own people when you should be ministering to the other people?" (laughs). So I just looked at it that way and tried to live my life by example. I wasn't always perfect, but I like to think that I had some kind of an influence. And I'm still good friends with everyone in the Beach Boys.

WORLD: Besides a guest appearance by Brian Wilson, your new compilation also includes cameos by Robert Lamm [Chicago], Doug Fieger [the Knack], and Marshall Crenshaw. Has your interaction with so many rock luminaries ever led any of them to ask you, "Gee, Jeffrey, what makes you so different?"

JF: I don't really have a "Hey, Jeffrey, you're so different" story. I don't know. I mean, every day is a battle, if you look at it that way. But, even more so, every day is a blessing. God has really blessed me by allowing me to meet and play with so many of the people I've been influenced by.

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