The ‘Common Threads’ That Apparently Bind George Gershwin and Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson will be completing and recording at least two unfinished Gershwin songs for an album to be released next year. Says the L.A. Times:

The Gershwin-Wilson project may strike some as an odd coupling: one New York musician famous for sophisticated 1920s and ’30s pop songs including ” ‘S Wonderful” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” as well as such expansive, classically minded compositions as “Rhapsody”; the other the driving force behind Southern California beach culture hits such as “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “I Get Around” and “California Girls.”

But their career paths and evolution of their artistry have common threads, noted people involved with the project and some independent scholars, and that gives the proposed collaboration logic.

What would Woody say?