The heat has been sweltering the last few days. Seriously, seriously, hot. So following on from my recent Scorching Hot Weather Quiz I’ve chosen my eight favourite songs from a place that knows all about sunshine. Have you heard them all before? Feel free to share any songs about the Golden State you love or how you cope in such hot weather.
Early morning is a time of magic in Cannery Row. In the gray time after the light has come and before the sun has risen, the Row seems to hang suspended out of time in a silvery light. The street lights go out, and the weeds are brilliant green. The corrugated iron of the canneries glows with the pearly lucence of platinum or gold pewter. No automobiles are running then. The street is silent of progress and business. And the rush and drag of the waves can be heard as they splash in among the piles of the canneries. It is a time of great peace, a deserted time, a little era of rest.
The charming style of gifted Californian writer John Steinbeck from his acclaimed novel Cannery Row (1945). Winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1962, the literary titan also wrote other masterpieces such as Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.
Let me tell you what I see here: a lot of raw talent. Swagger. Bravado. People are scared of you guys. They think you’re dangerous, but the world needs to hear it.
Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti) in the biopic Straight Outta Compton (2015). The film depicts the emergence of controversial Californian hip hop group NWA, the inspiration for their music and the impact it had on both the group and American society.
I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath Scared to rock the boat and make a mess So I sat quietly, agreed politely. I guess that I forgot I had a choice I let you push me past the breaking point I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything.
The opening lines from the song Roar by photogenic Californian popstar Katy Perry, from her fourth studio album Prism (2013). Co-written by Perry, the empowering single topped the charts in 14 countries, including the UK and the USA.