All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day
I’d be safe and warm, if I was in L.A.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.
“California Dreamin” (Mamas and The Papas)
By the late 60’s, the once vibrant sounds of Greenwich Village and The Brill Building in New York were quiet.
Musicians in the Village who once retorted songs against the establishment now found a new voice in the West. A group of musicians inspired a new approach and style in the studios of Los Angeles. Their sound influenced the California sound. To the generational suit wearing session players of the establishment, the new denim wearing, t-shirted musicians embraced the new rock n’ roll. To some established session music circles in L.A., this group became known as “The Wrecking Crew”.
They set new standards of excellence for West coast music. The bands that wrote and sang the original songs, had to re-learn how to perform their own songs with new musical riffs set down in the studio by the “The Wrecking Crew” musicians. Songs like “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, “Close To You”, “Bang Bang” and “California Dreamin’” were stylized in the studio and ready made as the new radio hits.
That’s how the original idea came about for our upcoming Revv52 California shows. These “Wrecking Crew” songs inspired so many more of our song choices that capture the vibe and the lifestyle of California.
The California sound can be chill and infused with a west coast rhythm of life. You’ll hear it in songs like “Come Fly With Me” from Sinatra and Nelson Riddle, “Hotel California” by the Eagles, The Beach Boys’ “Do It Again”, “Light My Fire” by The Doors, Bruno Mars and “Uptown Funk” ….
This ain’t no disco …
This ain’t no country club either.
This is L.A.!
“All I Wanna Do” (Sheryl Crow)
See www.revv52.com for more information on the June 2 – 4 shows in Calgary