California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see... Woody Guthrie - Do Re Mi
California has always been a mythical place. Back in the 60's The Beach Boys' songs took us there: the surfing, the cars and those California Girls. The Rivieras sang about going out west to the warm California Sun. The Mamas & The Papas wished they were in L.A. while they were California Dreamin' back on the east coast. In the 70's, even the English wanted to go there. Led Zeppelin was looking for a girl with flowers in her hair as they were Going To California.
The band America captivated us with their laid-back California sound and an invitation to us to go west young man with their imagery in Ventura Highway.
America, the duo of Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell are still touring. I enjoyed an evening with them a few weeks back.