Fun Fact: Laurel Canyon is named after the California bay laurel (Pictured Above), a native tree that grows wild and can be fairly easily found all over Laurel Canyon.
Residents form spiritual bonds with the nature of the canyon, which you become completely submerged. When you are there, you feel connected. Towering oak trees, dry chaparral bushes, and golden grass inhabit this authentic Southern Californian landscape. Laurel Canyon has a Wildside. Unfamiliar sights and sounds bewilder unaccustomed city dwellers. Songbirds sing owls hoot, hawks glide on thermal updrafts, deer wander, coyotes, bobcats, and hermits roam. Hardly your typical LA experience.
Laurel Canyon has country folk-rock roots. The list of famous residents is long and always growing. Some can argue that music in Laurel Canyon reached its Zenith in the summer of love in the late 1960s. But the legacy continues to this day. A lot of writers also pick Laurel Canyon. The Musicians who made this time: The Mamas and the Papas, The Byrds, James Taylor, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, CSNY, Frank Zappa, and Joni Mitchell. Laurel Canyon’s next generation is Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Slash from Guns and Roses who both grew up in Laurel Canyon. New music continues to bubble up from this wellspring. To be young mad and in love. Good Vibes all around.