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Bobby Womack — California Dreaming (A-Maze Winter Edit)


“and I’m just about to lose my mind” 

Sitting at my desk, staring out into the Hudson river from thirty-three stories above, I can see the pigeons flying around aimlessly, tourists seemingly following the birds patterns themselves, aimlessly as well, and a cold traffic of almost parked cars.  The tone in New York today is like the 1977 filter on Instagram: a little grey, slightly washed out, and somewhat vintagey looking.  In my head I’m going through a punch list of things to take care of before I head off to Cali on Friday for The Grammy’s this weekend.  Needless to say, this California Dreaming (A-Maze Winter Edit) is making me a little antsy.

I have a love-hate relationship with California myself.  Cali is visually, and aesthetically, one of the most stunning places that I have ever been to.  It’s one of the few places that I have lived in where I could go surfing in the early morning and snowboarding by lunch.  Weeks and weeks of pure sunshine and cloudless skies go by in Cali, as if trapped in a modern-day version of the film Groundhogs Day. Months pass, memories get made, and a lot of magic can and does happen in good ole Cali.  I’ve fallen in love there, fallen out of love there, met an incredible list of Hollywood’s finest, and have experienced the beauty of mother nature at her best, and I can’t wait to go back, yet today, right now, I’m feeling the coldness of the Winter, even though I’m in a warm place indoors, through Bobby Womack‘s vocals on this beautifully created edit that perfectly projects that longing-for-the-warmth-found-in-California feeling during one of our notoriously cold winters.

NYC has been awfully cold the passed few days, but as the days get closer to Valentine’s, it becomes grim and somehow even lonelier— cold in its barest form; brisk only in the way its parts have been designed to continue moving through mostly anything.  No matter what the weather, the energy, or the emotions of NYC may bring you, we can all use a little bit of this California Dreaming in our lives today.

I’m sure of it.

I’d be safe and warm
(I’d be safe and warm)
if I was in L.A.
(If I was in L.A.)
California dreamin’
(California dreamin’) on such a winter’s day.” 

Bobby Womack — California Dreaming (A-Maze Winter Edit)