The Story Behind the Cali Roots Love Song

I moved across the country from New Hampshire to find my dreams in California almost a decade ago, not quite knowing what to expect from it all. I never imagined I’d be sharing the same stage as artists like Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Pepper, Stick Figure and the Marley brothers, or blogging for California Roots and Hill Kid Clothing… but the past ten years I found my dreams coming true right before my eyes, one after another.

California Roots is at the center of those dreams. It’s where I grew as an artist, writer and musician, met Rebelution, was introduced to their bassist Marley’s clothing line Hill Kid, and found myself at a festival where friends quickly became family.

In the gorgeous coastal town of Monterey, filled with so much musical history and joy, California Roots embraces everything I love about music, friendship and life in a weekend that manages to capture it all. I quite literally fell in love at this festival, shared kisses with the girl who would become a huge and important part of my world, and watched in amazement over the years as my dreams of playing the main stage became a reality.

As much as I love writing and blogging for this music festival, I felt it needed a song. This song has been in me for a while, and is my love letter to the festival. It’s my first release as a solo artist, and what better way to share it with the world than through an experience that means so much to me?

It’s called “Cali Roots Love Song”, and it’s a poem about the festival and what it means to me. In the light of spreading good vibes, please share it with someone you love sharing life with, because that’s what this festival and song are all about.

Cali Roots Love Song (Lyrics)

When the night comes
Under stars the light comes
When the music finds you
I’ll be by your side love

In a daydream
Sittin’ by the bay stream
Here in Monterey, Monterey

You got the song right
We’ll sing it all night
Ooh oo oo oo oo oo
You got the feel now
Let’s make it real now
Ooh oo oo oo oo oo oo

Roots, roots, roots are family
Roots, roots, roots are family

Wake up in the morning and I look in your eyes
You know you’re sweeter than the birds singing songs in the sky
And I’m learning what it’s like to really feel I’m alive
Yeah I’m learning what it’s like to be alive

I smile at the sunshine
The livins’ easy
Now I take you by the hand
You’re my lover my reason
For it all night
For it all night

You got the song right
We’ll sing it all night
Ooh oo oo oo oo oo oo

You got the feel now
Let’s make it real now
Ooh oo oo oo oo oo oo

Roots, roots, roots are family
Roots, roots, roots are family