Neva Reece: The Coastside Song That Should Be Mandatory in Half Moon Bay Schools

I always come back to the 1981 “Mystery of Half Moon Bay” documentary I wrote/produced for KCSM. Click on the link to watch it; I think you’ll enjoy the program.
While I was working on the project, I asked local songwriter/singing sensation Neva Reece


to come up with a song for the hour long show. Neva has since moved away but I remember her as a sweet, very talented young woman, who, after I asked her to write a song, got to work right away.

[Thanks to Peter Adams for the photo above.]

Neva’s music never made it into the show [just like some of the interviews ended up on the “cutting room floor.”] I want to share with you the lyrics for “On the Coastside,” an original song by Neva Reece:

On The Coastside (by Neva Reece, copyright 1980)

Stick me in a pocket down by the sea

If you can’t find me, that’s where I’ll be

On the Coastside, diggin in on the Coastside


We’re proud to say we’re not L.A.

San Francisco nor San Jose

We’re just a string of little towns

Down on the Coastside


The City and Marin are flashy and fun

They’re as crazy as anyone might want to be

That’s why you’ll find me on the Coastside

When I’ve been away for over a day

When I drive down the Slide

You can hear me say

I’m back home again, back home on the Coastside


Sandy beach, blue horizons

Meeting me everyday

Is it really surprising

This is where I’ve come to stay?


A few weeks ago I heard from Neva. Here’s her message:

JUNE!! – Long time no see….You might be interested to know that I was visiting with some other former coastside folks over the holidays – Liz Lindstrom and Mickey McKinney, who are still living in Port Townsend, Washington. A wonderful and beautiful and poignant place as well.
Thank you for all the memories and updates in the site. I will come back and visit again when I have more time. Presently setting up for the start of school after the holidays. I have returned to work as a school librarian after many adventures in music, magazine publishing, concert production, and radio news.
Hope to hear from you!!!



Photo: In 1980 KCSM Camerman Jim Threlkeld sets up a shot of Pillar Point for “The Mystery of Half Moon Bay.”. Almost out of the picture is Director Rick Zanardi.