Saturday, July 14, 2007
Into the Great Wide Open
I don't mind saying that, after living in L.A. and working in Hollywood for a couple years, I love this Tom Petty video even more than I used to. Petty didn't invent the Hollywood-Icarus story, but the song and video capture it with brevity and soul.
I'm starting to realize how living in a place like Los Angeles, a place that storytellers have mythologized, gives works like this Petty video added resonance. It's more than just, "Hey! There's the Tower Records on Sunset!" But I actually have a full sensory feel for what it'd be like to stand on the corner and watch Eddie Rebel walk down Hollywood with his girl.
When you reach that level of awareness with this city, you've changed forever. If you live in L.A. long enough, you can't help but become at least a minor, uncredited character in its story. Can you think of something more thrilling?