LeCC — Los Angeles
This playlist is quite a journey. It might seem like a rambling mess of nonsense, but it makes sense in my head.
This is a collection of songs that remind me of L.A. in some way or another — some because they were the soundtrack to studying and apartment parties, and some because they sound like something I would've loved intensely. Music always conjures vivid memories for me, and making this playlist brought back a lot.
My USC crowd frequented Fred62 religiously — to the point where it didn't feel like a proper night out without a Tower of Power, extra piece of toast, chicken soup with rice. "Tom's Diner" always reminds me of that place — the many hours of drunken conversations blending into a thick, blissful soup. During my last year of school, "Let Me Think About It" (and Britney Spears' album "Circus") was on permanent rotation with the Boys — a group of newly-graduated guys who all worked at Chiat/Day (plus me, for a dash of novelty). We'd request it everywhere (much to the chagrin of every DJ in WeHo) and we lost our minds whenever it played. I remember drunkenly carrying a plate of tater tots around Chiat/Day's holiday party while shimmying to the beat — some things never change. I made Leo (roommate / best friend / brother from another mother) a CD with every remix of "The Fear" on it, to play while we cruised around town... He eventually got so tired of it that he ejected it and chucked it into traffic! The soundtrack to my drive home from my senior year of high school is also well-represented ("Leaving Town" / "Dancing With Myself" / "California") — I'd blare these while tearing out of the parking lot, dreaming of my life in L.A. to come. Then there's "L.A. Hallucinations" — a post-residency jam that made me cry the first time I heard it. It echoes some of the issues I had in my later years — an aching need to project the image of this gorgeous, well-liked and "happy" person no matter the cost or consequences. On a lighter note, my soon-to-be-ex-cousin-in-law Fergie (what a stretch, right? #backtothoseLAhabits ...it's true, though.) has a new song that would definitely have been on everyone's Limewire queues and at every frat party.
Hope you enjoy! It's been a blast (with touches of sobbing) to make this, and it's on repeat-shuffle right now while I bookmark even more restaurants to try to fit into our schedule.