WEEK 2- SAC CHALLENGE- 6 SONGS IN 6 WEEKS

I live in a small town, a very beautiful, friendly town. I decided to spend my first ten minutes in the post office.  We have no mail delivery in our town, so the post office is one of the hubs for socializing and small town pleasantries.

First thing I notice are the many elderly people chatting over a small table in the entrance.  This table is used for sorting through your mail, but often hosts several memorial cards.  The conversations are either that of the weather and what a cold day/ too long a winter or towards a dear friend who has passed.

The two inspirations from this was the long winter we have endured and wanting to be somewhere sunny.  The second idea was about what it would be like to see your friends go one by one and knowing the end is near.

Second place I went to was the local grocery store, here everyone knows everybody by name, staff and patrons often stop to chat.  A simple trip to the grocery store is often prolonged by running into the many people you know and having a “catch up” chat or a gossip with them.  I must admit it is very charming to see so many people taking the time to interact with each other, this happens less frequently in big cities for obvious reasons.   The gossip was interesting, privacy is hard to come by in a small town everyone knows your business, even if you thought you were safe, chances are a friend of a friend of a friend knows your secrets.

Third place I visited was my grandma’s nursing home.  She invited my for a music event.  I was watching this elderly couple who looked as madly in love with each other as I’m sure they were when they were young.  The woman was singing every song, and the man, who was munching on squares and cookies looked lovingly as his beautiful wife.   When a young visitor, maybe 3 or 4 years old entered the dance floor looking cute as ever, the old man smiled.  He then very tearfully nudged his wife to look at the sweet child.  He really seemed to be choked up and charmed by the young boy.

I got to thinking of my own theories of how the two maybe never had children, not for trying, or maybe they had many and not one comes by to visit.   I was also inspired by  how their love was everlasting. Till death do they part!

Fourth place I went to was a coffee shop. I drank my coffee and listened in on this one conversation that started with how cold the weather was and how they were looking forward to some sunshine.  One lady then talked about growing up in Bermuda.  She was talking about the sun and the ocean and her childhood where she sewed her own sun dresses with her mother.  I could only catch bits and pieces of the conversation as it was quite loud in the coffee shop.   It made me remember my travels as a child, I have lived in big cities and warm cities around the globe, but settled here in this small town.  I could relate to the cold long winter and what it does to the spirit.

I have to admit, I did not do the fifth location, but I did notice on my drive home from work on Friday how busy our little liquor store is after work.  It is like a 4:15pm ritual in this town. It got me to thinking of each persons story, from the “alcoholic’s” story to the man buying Champagne for an engagement/anniversary, the business woman having an affair to the girls night out and those who spend their nights alone.  Maybe I will park on the street one day and people watch, I am sure I could come up with some characters for a song.

At the end of this week I tried to come up with a song about my town, instead I came up with a song about California…I can see where the bits of influence came from in the song.  I guess I was just wishing to be somewhere warm again!

CALIFORNIA SUN

woa yeah ah ah

Cold winter morning, blankets of snow

covering empty streets

this town is too small for a girl like me

I know where each road leads

I want to be free

feel the wind in my hair

feel the sand on my feet

smell the ocean air

I want to go back

to where i came from

under the California sun

woa  yeah ah ah

There’s something charming about this town

everyone knows your name

but i’ve got to go this is not my home

I’ve got to break these chains

I want to be free

feel the wind in my hair

feel the sand on my feet

smell the ocean air

I want to go back

to where i came from

under the California sun

woa yeah ah ah

California sun  it’s been way to long

California sun  gotta catch me some

California sun  that’s where I belong

under the California sun

under the California sun

I want to be free

feel the wind in my hair

feel the sand on my feet

smell the ocean air

I want to go back

to where i came from

under the California sun

woa yeah ah ah

under the California sun

woa yeah ah ah

under the California sun

woa yeah ah ah

California

 

Take a listen to California Sun on Soundcloud!

https://soundcloud.com/megsrathwell-1

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