Simple songs, once they’ve been embedded in the memory, carry you through the present or a past that is long gone.

As June shapes up into different roadtrip travels, I am reminded of California Dreamin‘ by the band, the Mamas and the Papas.  Their simple harmonic tunes travel in repetitive motion, like a staircase leading into a new world.

“Oxford Examination ‘Schools’ Staircase”, Gift of Andrew Dickson White, Cornell University Library, 1882.