Monday, 14 July 2014
Sounds Of The Summer
I have already been sunburnt to a stupid degree this summer and we are only halfway through so my hope that the weather would listen to Carol King and rain until September has fallen by the wayside so it's time to put on a brave face and plenty of factor 15 because it's hot sultry nights and dodging wasps for the next 6-8 weeks whether we like it or not.
Man discovered a long time ago that by pulling a string tight enough and strumming it, you can make a musical note and we have been blessed with some amazing music for all seasons since and as my car has a new CD player that goes up to the sound of a jet plane taking off, i can permanently damage my hearing even more by blaring out summer songs while stuck in traffic.
Problem is, what songs from the wide plethora available to put on the Summer Car CD?
Obviously Summer means Beach Boys so 'All Summer Long' would have to be included as would 'In The Summertime' by Mungo Jerry and 'Summer Nights' from Grease but then i will have to take a swerve on the other usual staples of Summer compilation albums.
I would have to include Ella Fitzgerald deathly slow paced 'Summertime', 'Sunny Afternoon' by the Kinks, 'Here Comes The Sun' by the Beatles and 'Summertime Blues' by Eddie Cochran.
Off the beaten track and hardly ever heard nowadays apart from on my CD would be 'Summer in the City' by Lovin' Spoonful, Here Comes The Summer by the Undertones, Roy Ayers brilliantly lazy 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine' and Peaches by The Stranglers.
Never a band to use more than the bare necessity of chords, The Ramones would find its way on with 'Rockaway Beach' and summer wouldn't be the same without the Safaris 'Wipe Out', if only because i love the drumming and the final song would be 'Under the Boardwalk' and just to annoy everyone it will be the Bruce Willis version which was surprisingly good for someone whose range of acting includes looking moody and looking moody in a dirty t-shirt.
The idea is that it is impossible to moan about HOW BLOODY HOT IT IS while listening to jaunty summer tunes but i will give it a go and if not, at least the kids can turn the CD player up to drown me out.