Van Nuys

Van Nuys (demo) — written and performed by Michael Berman;
includes excerpt from Celluloid Heroes written by Ray Davies; Copyright A. Michael Berman 2019

I was inspired to write this song by the City Beat column by Nita Lelyveld published in the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, November 9, which tells the story of Christopher Dennis. It was such a poignant story and I was moved by tragic contrast between the character of Superman, whom Christopher embodied on Hollywood Boulevard, and the challenges of his real life and his sad end. Once I’d sung it a few times, I realized how it connected to one of my all-time favorite songs, Celluloid Heroes, written by Ray Davies, performed by the Kinks; I incorporated a few lines from the chorus and modified part of the chord sequence into the bridge.

I hope you listen to Van Nuys and enjoy it. If you like it, please stop and introduce yourself to someone living on the street, remember that everybody’s a dreamer, and we’re all filled with the capacity to bring smiles to others.

Van Nuys is dedicated with appreciation to Christopher Dennis.

Thanks to Nita for telling real stories about people who are too often forgotten.

If you want to contact me about the song, please send me email at my gmail address amichaelberman, and include “Van Nuys” in the subject line so I’ll be sure to see it.

November 12, 2019

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