Song of the Week
California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas
I don’t think there is any other song out there that says 1960s like this one. There is something about this song – perhaps that eerie guitar intro, or the dismal lyrics – that makes it wonderful. The vocals of this piece are brilliant, with that “call-answer” technique. “All the leaves are brown, all the leaves are broooooown.” The melancholy tone of this piece is brilliant too. Maybe that’s why it took so long for this song to gain attention.
Most ’50s and early ’60s songs are upbeat, because of course many people would dance to them. Then it seems that by the mid and late-1960s a totally new style of music emerged, like the style featured in this song. I mean you could try dancing to this song, but it’s better to just listen to it while relaxing by the pool or on the beach. The imagery that this song portrays is great as well. That longing of being in California, basking in the sun on one of the beaches, or driving with the top down on Route 66. California was the place to be back in the ’60s.
This song really strikes me because I have wanted to go to southern California for a while now. I should say, that I’ve been “dreaming” of going to California. Many people say it’s overrated, but I think it’s filled with so much history. That lovely Spanish-style architecture, the music, the movies, the sun, the busy freeways, the palm trees, Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Blvd., hell even the smog!
The unique thing about California is that since the 1800s, people have been flocking there for opportunities. At first it was the Gold Rush, then the religious reformations, then the Okies searching for better lives during the Great Depression, then the World War II weapon manufacturing centers, then the movie industry, then the Hippie movement! Did I miss anything???? California, the “land of opportunity,” the promised land, has served as a beacon of hope for many people, and still remains that way today.
-Live and love your life!
Posted on July 21, 2012, in Song of the Week and tagged '60s Music, California, California Dreamin The Mamas and The Papas, California history, California is beautiful, Music. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.