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California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas

Something in this song feels haunting to me. I can’t quite place my finger on it. It could be the way that each of their voices meets in that ethereal plane that few bands have managed to reach.

Stopped into a church I passed along the way.

Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees) And I pretend to pray (I pretend to pray)

California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas
“California Dreamin'” music video by The Mamas and the Papas.

Something in this song feels haunting to me. I can’t quite place my finger on it. It could be the way that each of their voices meets in that ethereal plane that few bands have managed to reach – a sound that I associate with the golden age of music, at least in my opinion.

I remember watching part of a film in college film studies called “Chungking Express“, which featured this song prominently. I never really paid attention to that film, but I can’t help but feel I should go back and watch it now I’m older and… wiser?