Aug 15, 2010
While many songs about Southern California life are happy and upbeat, Mann's "Freeway" confronts things that seem illogical about California society and culture.
According to Aimee Mann, "Freeway" is a song that was inspired by a drug-addicted pal who came to Los Angeles in hopes of getting clean, breaking with the past, and starting a new life.
The L.A. songwriter has a fascination with "the freaks who could never love anyone".
"When I write about them --- the narcissists, performers, eccentrics, know-it-alls --- it helps me recognize some truths about the world and about myself," says Mann, who is Sean Penn's sister-in-law.
The songwriter gets into the thoughts of characters in her songs, and "Freeway" communicates a newcomer's reactions to the sometimes nonsensical Southern California mentality.
"Freeway" is definitely one of those critical-but-cool songs about California.
Aimee Mann has come a long way since her first '80s hit single, "Voices Carry", when she was an MTV staple with her popular group, 'Til Tuesday.
The Oscar-nominated and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has a huge international following today --- and on her own independent terms.
Aimee Mann still totally rocks, but in an Adult Contemporary sort of way, or more mature and wise.
While cruising down life's highway, be sure to check out Aimee Mann's album, @#%&*! Smilers, and her great musical tribute to California.
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