Monday, January 15, 2018

This is the end; the last song for a while, because Paul Popa is leaving in the morning, and I am going to give it a rest for a while. But, this is a very lovely one by Albert Hammond who is a native of Gibraltar, the tiny British territory at the southern tip of Spain. And the lyrics, which are beautiful and very visual, were written by Hal David, who is most famous for writing lyrics for Burt Bacharach. 

This song tells the story of a guy who is driving down Pacific Coast Highway towards L.A., and everything he does, everything he sees, and everything he hears, reminds him of the woman in his life, whom is heading to see. But, as you listen, you realize that he's really not sure she is going to be there. 

Having grown up in Southern California, and gone to the beach there many times, and having a close cousin who lives right on Pacific Coast Highway, the song seems very real and personal. The imagery of it is very easy for me to relate to. I can easily picture it. 

And I'll add that Paul Popa sought to give this song a Spanish flamenco flare, and I tried to follow his lead on that. So once again, this is a very unique version of a very nice song.


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