Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hollywood Nights

There's just something about California.

When this country headed west in search of the American Dream, it forever tied California with the notion that anything can happen if you put your mind to it.  That dreams can actually come true.

Los Angeles has been a microcosm of the human experience since its inception- all the heartache, pride, tragedy, love, pain, and drama a human can feel.  Its a place full of hope and promise and life.  Its also a place of broken dreams, broken hearts, lost souls and everything in between.

The City of Angels has never had a shortage of stories to tell.  Its no wonder there are so many songs written about it.  Here are a few of those stories.

Hollywood Nights- Bob Seger
"He spent all night staring down at the lights of LA wondering if he could ever go home"

Blue Jay Way- The Beatles
"There's a fog upon LA and my friends have lost their way"

California- Joni Mitchell
"California I'm comin home oh will you take me as I am"

Tiny Dancer- Elton John
"Blue jean baby LA lady"

Ventura Highway- America
"Ventura Highway in the sunshine, where the days are longer the nights are stronger than moonshine"

Free Fallin'- Tom Petty
"I wanna glide down over Mulholland, I wanna write her name in the sky"

In Your Atmosphere (LA Song)- John Mayer
"I don't think I'm gonna go to LA anymore, I get lost on the boulevard at night"

Lullaby- Shawn Mullins
"Now she feels safe in this bar on Fairfax, but from the stage I can tell that she can't let go and she can't relax"

Sad Cafe- The Eagles
(written about the legendary Troubadour in LA)
"Oh it seemed a holy place protected by Amazing Grace"

Hotel California- The Eagles
"You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave"

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