A Letter from Los Angeles, California:
Henri Gann is back with his life adventure in the United States where he lives today. He punctuates his story by providing readers about the music and songs he loves, the DJ's he listens to and the cars he drives. The ultimate was to be able to witness live the guitar groups of the 60's when they visited his campus.
Last year at around Chinese New Year, I wrote about my band The Trekkers. Now, I would like to write about what came after The Trekkers: my journey to the United States.
While I loved playing music with my guitar group, I had assumed that I could follow the same routine in Singapore. It did not take long for me to realize that I would have to focus on my studies in Los Angeles and find ways to support my stay in America. Still, music played a meaningful role in my life and I soon found the music scene intimate connection with the LA's car culture.
I will always remember that homesick feeling whenever I hear the song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" which was played by the ship's three piece jazz band on that long journey.
Arriving in San Francisco I was amazed by the sight of the fog slowly lifting off the Golden Gate Bridge as the ship sailed through San Francisco Bay. I gave myself a few days in the city before contacting the International Student Services. I was introduced first to a family that lived in Mountain View and than to another who gave me a ride to Hermosa Beach in Southern California.
Soon after the Beatles came to LA in 1964, many British bands followed. These groups were promoted aggressively on television: by Dick Clarke in his American Bandstand and in Shindig and Hullabaloo. All the shows were recorded in a live audience setting.
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A special thanks to my daughter Carolyn for her help with editing my story.