Sunday, July 17, 2016

Well, if today was anything to go by, Summer might have arrived at last.  Might be fleeting though, as the weather men are predicting that it will all be over by Wednesday. Never mind, days like today bring back memories of summers past - 1976 and all that - and the songs and music of summer that lift the spirit as well as the temperature.

And there`s quite a list to choose from ranging from Vivaldi`s Four Seasons to Summer Love.  There are, of course, some timeless tunes - Ella Fitzgerald singing George Gershwin`s Summertime;  Jerry Keller`s `Here comes Summer;` `Summer in the City` from the Lovin` Spoonful and `Summer Breeze` from Seals and Crofts.  Time Out recently produced their list of the 50 Best Songs of Summer and we will all have our own opinions about which are the best.

For me, coming in `only` at No. 5 is Don Henley`s wonderful, `Boys of Summer.`  There have been countless cover versions since the Eagles stalwart first recorded the song in 1984 but I think the best was the upbeat `dancy` version from DJ Sammy and his lady vocalist (later his wife)  Loona.  This video captures the spirit of summer whilst also doing more than justice to Don Henley`s original.   Well, I like it.......and it is summer.......

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