Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hailey's Novel Diary – 5/18/17

While writing about Ventura Boulevard, one of the main streets that run through the San Fernando Valley, I started thinking about the America song, “Ventura Highway”. There is no Ventura Highway, but there is a Ventura Freeway from northern Los Angeles to the city of Ventura, California. In the Valley, Ventura Boulevard and the Ventura Freeway run parallel.

None of this has anything to do with the book, but Jesse Ventura was the first governor that I ever paid any attention to. He took his name from the city of Ventura, California. “Ventura Highway” has the line, “Sorry, boy, but I've been hit by purple rain”, which inspired another native Minneapolitan to write a song. The album version of “Purple Rain” was performed live at First Avenue, a place I know well, at a benefit concert for my dance school.

It's a small world after all.

Ventura Highway

Purple Rain

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