L.A. vs N.Y.C.
The verdict is still out. LA or NY? Who takes the cake? Everyone from Frank Sinatra to Jay Z, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jim Morrison sang about the rival cities. My unaudited count brings the total to 3043 songs about the Big Apple and 1836 for LA LA Land. It’s a complicated relationship divided by 3000 miles, drastically different weather, women and conflicting stereotypes. Living on both coasts simultaneously, I personally feel conflicted. My heart is in LA, but my mind is in NY as described by Randy Newman in “I Love L.A. and Billy Joel in “New York State of Mind.” I’ve come to the conclusion that the debate cannot be won, but at least we got some really great lyrics out of it.
Some of my favorites include:
“Blue Jean baby, L.A. Lady, seamstress for the band. Pretty eyes, pirate smile, she married the music man.” –Elton John
“In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of ” — Alicia Keys
“I wanna glide down over Mulholland. I wanna write her name in the sky. I wanna free fall out into nothing.” — Tom Petty
“This ain’t no disco. It ain’t no country club either This is L.A. …All I wanna do is have some fun until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard,” –Sheryl Crow
“A hustle here and a hustle there New York City’s the place where they said, “Hey, babe take a walk on the wild side” — Lou Reed
“It’s the edge of the world and all of western civilization. The sun may rise in the East at least it settles in the final location. It’s understood that Hollywood sells Californication.” –Red Hot Chili Peppers
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