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Lyric of the Week: HELLO L.A.

Hello LA

Hey whaddya say

Have you got any surprises

In store today

I’m new here

A transplant from NJ

I’m just taking in all these things

You got on display

Everything’s spread out

And widely spaced

It all feels laid back

But it’s still fast paced

Are people so shallow

And two-or-more-faced

As I heard when I still was

Back in my old place

The June gloom

Waiting for the sun

The surfer’s flu

The grunion run

Some things

That I’ll see

And I’ll say

That’s so LA.

Hello LA

What’s new today

Have you got something for me

That isn’t cliché

Do I have to recycle

Or can I throw it all away

Do we not save the environment

If we have to pay



Is it religion

Or spirituality

All these silly red strings

And the white clothes I see

Why do they all seem

So bogus to me

My street is closed

This better be good

A low-speed chase

Through my neighborhood

Is this another

Typical day

It’s so LA.

I came to this place where the sun always sets

I came to this place where people have no regrets

I came to this place to follow someone else’s dreams

And I’m finding that not everything is the way it seems

I came to this place where there’s always a blue sky

I came to this place where everybody’s always high

I came to this place where the extremes outweigh the means

But I’ll take slow steps

And I’ll tag those bets

I’ll make my way

In this here LA

Hello LA

What you sending my way

The definite article

On your numbered freeways

There’s smoke in the stratosphere

Smog alert days

The view disappearing

In the purple haze

It’s a cereal town

Fruits, nuts, and flakes

And the assorted actors

Are also candidates

I won’t even talk

About the earthquakes

Did you feel that?

It was nothing

Just a little shake


Are everywhere


Are in the air

The bird

Is the word

That you heard

It’s so LA

The June gloom

Waiting for the sun

A movie shoot

This is gonna be fun

Will I ever

Find my way

Home today

Hello LA.

©2023 The Hesh Inc.

Heshy on an LA morning
Hello LA, what’s new today?

When I was newly arrived in Los Angeles after my cross-country drive in June 2003, it took a little while till I got acclimated to my new surroundings, as could be expected. A large part of that was seeing how this new place—a new planet, really—functioned on a day-to-day level. Are any of the things that this city and state are known for in the rest of the world true, or are they cliché? Is this place really as environmentally conscious as perceived in the rest of the country? Does the ground really shake that frequently? Is this the land of fruits, nuts, and flakes, as so many say? Well, little by little I found out the answers to these and many other questions, and after awhile none of it fazed me. This song is about these, and other assorted quirks I encountered during my time there.

Musically, this song is a mashup of The Doors' "Waiting for the Sun" and Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G Minor, Op.23, No. 5 ... if that sounds improbable, trust me, it works. It will be included on my projected album about my California experience, JRZguyinLA—I should only be able to record it in my lifetime.

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