Celebrating the character and romance of California’s coastal towns, is what brought this musical collection together. Most of Jon Burchfield’s guitars are made in Laguna Beach by Luthier “Kirk Sand”. When guitarist “Doyle Dykes” wrote “Laguna Sand”, it opened new ideas to write about the most interesting towns and places in that area.
Joining forces with Nashville pianist Jason Webb, the Burchfield’s began compiling these ideas by putting the most memorable places to music. Track one begins with early morning:
Laguna Sand: As the sun rises over the Laguna Hills, its golden rays begin warming the sparkling sand that has been massaged by the ocean’s gentle rhythm since the beginning of time.
Manzanita: When you walk off the beaten path, and follow a trail along the coast, the smell of green apples may be in the air. More than likely, it’s a beautiful plant with a hard, red bark called Manzanita. It’s Spanish name means “Green Apple”.
Ocean Café: A perfect morning begins out on the patio at my favorite breakfast place. You’ll never dine alone there. Soon, Clarence (the local sea gull) will bless you with his presence and inquire about your avocado omelet.
La Hoya: You can almost hear the music coming from some of these “artsy” towns just a few miles up the coast. Every little corner has the sounds of jazz, blues or Latin. Whatever your musical taste, there is something for everyone.
Big Sur: The most exhilarating drive has to be highway one. With big mountains on one side, and a huge ocean on the other, you navigate down this narrow road that hugs the cliff edge much of the time. The tall, slender bridges that cross over deep gorges are among the most photographed in the country.
The Five: If your nerves can handle it, this well-known interstate is a deluge of heart stopping, narrow misses on the autobahn of America. Hoards of drivers fly at warp speed one minute, then all screech to a stop the next. Even bikers race between lanes with only inches on each side.
Sunset Coast: Finally, the peaceful coast greets the weary traveler with a brilliant sunset. The colors that stretch out across the sky are even more stunning when accompanied by the tranquil sound of the ocean. Wailing sea gulls, pounding surf, and even ship bells lend a certain romance to this great symphony.
Quiet Storm: Somewhere far away, a storm rages. Yet all is well in this coastal town, because it is safely out of reach. There’s a carefree feeling in the air while the locals frolic the streets and sidewalks. They know this peaceful little harbor has already weathered many a storm.
Sausalito: They first appear passive and quaint, but these little towns are rich with history and music of the old world. Many a heartstring have been tugged in these romantic settings.
Laguna Lights: And with the dusk, the hills are once again adorned with spectacular lights against a dark, velvet background. Like the finishing touches on the canvas, this day, and this journey are now complete.