Thursday, October 26, 2006

down or up?

is life coming down?
or it is going up?
depends how you see it...
quite there quite not...


again, just 3 years after Cedar Fire
that is considered the second largest wild fire in USA
in Riverside, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties

another Southern California Fire
helped by the Santa Ana conditions
is again happening

that red wind that keeps us under fire

you can feel it! the blue sky covered by grey smoke
sore throats, itchy eyes
and seeing the woods burn

---- from Wiki
Santa Ana winds on popular culture

  • The Santa Ana winds are referenced in the Raymond Chandler short story "Red Wind," in which the author describes the winds as such: "[T]hose hot dry [winds] that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen." Appropriately, this Chandler passage is read by Chris Stevens (John Corbett) at the beginning of the episode "Ill Wind" of the TV series Northern Exposure. This passage is also quoted by Ed Asner in his role as Lou Grant in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" as an example of how to write prose.
  • Bad Religion mentions the winds, using their nickname "murder winds," in the song "Los Angeles Is Burning" from the album Empire Strikes First. "When the hills of Los Angeles are burning/ Palm trees are candles in the murder winds/ So many lives are on the breeze/ Even the stars are ill at ease/ And Los Angeles is burning."
  • There is also a band named The Santa Ana Winds Youth Band.
  • There is a reference made to the winds in the Steely Dan song, "Babylon Sisters"
  • The Beach Boys song "Santa Ana Winds" appears on their 1980 album Keepin' the Summer Alive.
  • The song LA Woman by the Doors references taking a look around "see which way the wind blows" and contains imagery in which the city's "hair is burnin’ hills are filled with fire."
  • The song Summer Rain by Belinda Carlisle has the lyrics "I remember the rain on our skin. And his kisses hotter than the Santa Ana Winds."
  • The Santa Ana winds are important to the plot of the book White Oleander by Janet Fitch.
  • The song "Catch My Disease" by Ben Lee has the lyrics "She told me about the winds from Santa Ana/And thats the way I like it."
  • The Winds were featured prominently in the October 22, 2006 episode of the ABC series "Brothers & Sisters."
  • The Santa Ana Winds are referred to in the song "I love L.A" by Randy Newmann Lyrics: " And the Santa Ana Winds blowing hot from the north"
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