Santa Monica by Savage Garden was one of my favorite songs by the group while growing up in rural Colorado. It made me imagine myself dressed in high fashion, thin, and shopping in expensive stores. This song is of a man living in Santa Monica. This song is very real to a lot of us who have the dream of fitting in, or being part of the “in crowd. The person in the song is lonely, and feels out of place. Everyone around him is physically perfect and appealing. Because he doesn’t fit in, he is sad, lonely and depressed. Many of us feel like this, even those not living in California. But the difference is, California is all about looks. You have to have nice cars, nice clothes, nice face, nice body, etc. If you are not able to accomplish all of this, you not only will feel out of place, you will also be made to feel that you don’t belong. Image is everything, and many people will go into debt just trying to be a part of the California image. The styles and fads most oftentimes begin in California, and are slowly integrated into the styles of everyone throughout the states, and even the world. The image people create, “have added an unmistakable glamour to the image of the Golden State.” (Rawls, 143)
Santa Monica Savage Garden (1997)
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