…california dreamin’…

Hotel California

Lets Take a road trip on Pacific Coast Highway together, better yet lets take a trip back in time, to the days of bell bottoms, protest signs, long hair and rose colored glasses…

Hotel California, in Santa Monica California holds the infamous name from the Eagles 1970’s tribute to the times and the birthplace of the hippie culture.

Was this song merely a literal reference to a memorable stay at this now quiet and quaint beach bum hotel…? I think not. Most would probably agree its about a bit more.

The 60’s and 70’s were a time of new experiences, a time of war, a time of peace, a time of love and a time to experiment. Not everything that transpired during that time was positive, but there is no doubt that there has never been another time in our nations history quite like it.

The song Hotel California by the Eagles is a perfect summation of the good the bad and the ugly of California’s hippie revolution. California’s coast is a place of so much beauty, and temptation. To this day people still flock to the beautiful sunny coast, the waves, the “pretty people”, and the bright lights of Hollywood… Each in search of their own stay at Hotel California.

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Five Positives that came out of the Hippie heyday:

1.The FASHION! I mean come on, this is obviously at the top of the list as for every Island Cowgirl. The leather, embroidery, The fringe and the beads! Its all way to much to take in at once now, but, it was radical and it worked. Minus the lack of hygiene, that could have been avoided.

2. The Music! That was the original inspiration behind this posting after all! The music had so much soul, the lyrics told stories and the instruments evoked emotion. Basically all i can say is… WOODSTOCK. If you weren’t there i bet you wish you had been.

3. The Civil Rights movement baby! MLK (God Bless Him) need i say more?

4. The Female Voice! During the hippie revolution women were letting it ALL hang out, and standing up for their beliefs. We don’t need to burn bras any more thanks to the lovely crusaders of that time!

5. The Arts! Andy Warhol, who was also a HUGE ┬ápop culture influence came out of this decade and made a great impact on California’s psychedelic art scene. Unfortunately, much of the art work from the time period was drug induced…but the art, art like Warhol’s, was still outstanding and deserves absolute recognition for its impact on the modern art world.

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This is our California Dreaming Bracelet …$172.

Everyone has been touched by the Spirit that resides in California, it ignites a fire in the soul that burns to create, imagine, and explore. This bracelet shows our Island Cowgirl love for California.

 

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XoXo,

Island Cowgirl