L.A. Moment: Devil Winds in December

“There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension. What it means is that tonight a Santa Ana will begin to blow, a hot wind from the northeast whining down through the Cajon and San Gorgonio Passes, blowing up sand storms out along Route 66, drying the hills and the nerves to flash point.”

— Joan Didion

I was on the trails early this morning in Griffith Park, Glendale/Burbank side. Beautiful morning, the sky a palette of soft pastels. But it heated up quickly. The prediction” 85-degrees tomorrow. 85!!

“Here come those Santa Ana Winds again . . . ”

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3 thoughts on “L.A. Moment: Devil Winds in December

  1. much as i love the dan (and you know i do) they do not track well in new england during the winter. it’s the only season that i skip over them in shuffle, and don;t seek them out otherwise. i wonder what it is that makes them a three-season music?

  2. also, i wish i could have known joanie in the late 60s and early 70s, i mean, in a time warp where we’re both the same age at that time. i’m just curious to know if i could be smat enough to keep up…

  3. interesting what you say about the dan…and i think that’s true about aja and gaucho. i could see that. they seem late-afternoon sun-drenched, swervy-road feeling. they’re languorous. …but how about “can’t buy a thrill” or “katy lied”? countdown to ecstasy? those seem more suited-up for all weather. they’re sly and clever but seem, altogether different in a way…what say you?

    as for didion, i’d like to be in that room, too.

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