11 Blocks from the Beach

Day 7 on the Road.

The air here is fantastic.  I’m staying with my sister-in-law, K, in Orange County, and playing a songwriter showcase in Laguna Beach tonight.

They live about 6 blocks from the beach.  She has a sign on her patio that says:  “If you’re lucky enough to live on the beach, then you’re lucky enough.”

We went for a walk a few hours ago, through downtown, and then down along the ocean.  It’s mid-March -much too cold for swimming (60s?), but there were girls walking around in bikinis.  I was surprised to see people in bikinis, as I was walking around in 2 sweatshirts with another jacket around my waist, but K said, they’re probably all from Indiana or something where this is like Hawaii to them.”

That’s right.  It’s spring break this week.  And I’m from Phoenix, so most places seem cold to me.

It’s always been one of my fantasies to live close to the beach.  Maybe one day.  Here’s a song I wrote when I moved from Los Angeles to Phoenix, and my friends moved to Santa Monica.

11 Blocks from the Beach”

11 Blocks from the Beach/Annie Moscow

I like to think I’m contemporary in my Suburban Dream
My house is big and roomy and my neighborhood’s serene
This is what’s worth living for
I tell myself each day
But I grow green with envy
When I see you live your way

You’re eleven blocks from the beach
In a hardwood bungalow
You walk down the street with a surfboard
Feel the ocean breezes blow
Fresh fruit market every Wednesday
All within my reach
If I had the guts to move my stuff
Eleven blocks from the beach

I left the city long ago
Crime and noise I said
But is it better to live with a little bit of danger
Than walk around half dead
Oh I’m just trying to find my place I guess
Where I won’t keep wanting more
But until I find my own
I’ll be here longing after yours

You’re eleven blocks from the beach
In a hardwood bungalow
You walk down the street with a surfboard
Feel the ocean breezes blow
Fresh fruit market every Wednesday
All within my reach
If I had the guts to move my stuff
Eleven blocks from the beach

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