The Eastsider recently showcased a song on Echo Park gentrification and then a musical love letter to Mount Washington. Today, The Eastsider presents a song and video inspired by another part of the Eastside landscape, the Arroyo Seco. The black-and-white video of the “Arroyo Seco River Song,” shot with a Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy camera, stars George Willis and was co-written by Highland Park residents Michael and Nicole Possert. The video debuted earlier this week in Santa Monica at the PXL This video festival. Possert and her husband wrote the song based on the lyrics of “L.A. River,” which Willis co-wrote (click here for lyrics to both songs). Nicole Possert, who is an Eastsider contributor on history and historic preservation, said the project combines their interest in local history, the PXL 2000 and the ukulele:
“My hubby, Michael has been participating in these experimental PXL film festivals for awhile now … The main reason I did it was the L.A. River song has been my favorite ukulele song for many years, and I always dreamed of having a verse for the Arroyo. Michael and I collaborated to write the new lyrics that George tweaked and performed.”
Next year, “The Arroyo Seco River Song” will be screened at the Echo Park Film Center.