I'd Be Safe and Warm if I was in LA.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Today’s wee gem is brought to you by a place that has inspired more good old fashioned longing than any other place I know – California.

“California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas has always been a favorite of mine, particularly since a fateful road trip there in the summer of 2007. I recently came in contact with another version – it weaves together the beauty of the state with the pain of leaving it even more than the original. I heard it at the IFC Theater in Manhattan last week, during a screening of an equally painful and poetic film – Andrea Arnold's “Fish Tank”. Dirty, beautiful. Recommended to anyone with a strong stomach.

I give you “California Dreamin’”, as performed by Bobby Womack.

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