This post is essentially just an excuse to share with you this video of The Mamas and the Papas' Creeque Alley. I love this! The video has been on both my MySpace and Facebook profiles almost as long as I've had them, and I never tire of listening to The Mamas and the Papas' beautiful pop harmonies.
The song tells the story of the band's formation and time together; you can read more about it at this lovingly crafted site. Whilst you're at it, why not read more about the amazing Mama Cass over at Wikipedia.And have you seen her in Pufnstuf The Movie?:
...I then got to thinking about another of The Mamas and Papas' hits, and probably the best known of their songs, California Dreaming, and how this is much more than just a lovely hum-along-able pop ditty. Have you ever stopped to think about what it means? Listen to it and you realise that this is a song of wistful longing for home...being on the road and missing what is familiar to you.
The Mamas and the Papas - California Dreaming (mp3)
And so off I trotted on a tangent of thinking about other songs that fit this theme of being homesick, and there are plenty. But amongst the very best has to be:
Simon and Garfunkel - Homeward Bound (mp3)
An honourable mention, because it doesn't really have anything to do with missing home, it is just a great song, goes to:
Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues (mp3)
And how about, in the spirit of fairness, including the anthithesis...a song of longing for the road?:
Willie Nelson - On The Road Again (mp3)