Daily Archives: May 28, 2014

California Stars

I’ve mentioned before what a music snob I am. I prefer anything recorded pre-1971 or so. And very rarely does any modern-day music strike my fancy.

Last week, Motor Man and I took his mom to dinner, and although I usually suffer through the “music” played at most restaurants these days, one song that night caught my ear.  I could hear just enough to know that I liked the melody, but could only make out two words of the song: California Stars.

Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?  Back home, in less than a minute at the computer, I had found that song. It’s rare that a song sticks with me like this one has. The last time that happened, the song was Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Been A Lovely Cruise”, which I first heard a couple of years ago as part of a memorial video for friend.

The song “California Stars” has an interesting history. The lyrics were written by the late Woody Guthrie, but the words weren’t put to music during his lifetime.  After his death in 1967, his daughter, Nora, discovered thousands of his unrecorded lyrics. She contacted the English folk singer, Billy Bragg, who, along with the American group, Wilco, wrote music to many of those lyrics.  The song was included in an album titled Mermaid Avenue, released in 1998.

And for those of you already familiar with this song who might ask (about me): “Where’s SHE been not to have heard this before?”…..remember, as far as music goes, I’m stuck in the 60’s.

~These Days Of Mine~