Songs about cities
Musicians from all varieties of musical genres spent the past year pondering, celebrating, and complicating our perception of places.
A list of personal favorites—music that expressed more than research or rhetoric can about the places where we live, work, and play.
I've always hated songs about cities, particularly mawkish anthems like "New York, New York," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and the ghastly "I Love L.A." Lyricists seem to dream them up when there's nothing else to sing about. Indeed, cities are the setting for life, not the object of it. Singing about them is like performing a play about a theater.