Anyone who speaks of the American way of life is talking about something that does not exist. The USA has not produced one lifestyle, but various very specific regional lifestyles. These lifestyles are also strongly influenced by the climate. Because the sun almost always shines in California, a breed of people has developed there that combines a sunny disposition with great looseness. For many years, musicians like Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin have been providing the soundtrack for the typical Californian attitude to life, riding a wave of success that never seems to break.