Top 5 Songs about California

Hopping on a plane to spend three weeks in California today. First stop San Francisco, then down to my home town of Los Angeles. Here are my top 5 songs about California and the memories they evoke for me. Enjoy!

1. Billy Bragg & Wilco- California Stars

This song is driving 90 miles an hour on the way to Joshua Tree in my best friend Tim's Volvo station wagon.

2. The Thrills- Big Sur

My grandmother and great grandmother lived in Carmel Valley. When we visited, we'd spend the morning painting in the garden and then go for a drive along Big Sur. There were always lemon drops in the glove compartment.

3. The Magnetic Fields- California Girls

4. Joni Mitchell- California

Sometimes even California girls hate California girls.

Joni Mitchell will always remind me of cooking with my mother and sister.

5. Elliott Smith- Rose Parade

The Rose Parade is a Pasadena staple. When I was small, my dad would hoist me on his shoulders to see the floats. Later, my friends and I slept would sleep (party) on the parade route to watch (sleep through) the parade the next morning.

I saw Rilo Kiley open for Elliott Smith at the Wiltern in LA when I was in High School. It was one of his last shows before he died.