Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Exhausted By Epic Inaction, Congress Takes a Vacation

August 8, 2017

Exhausted By Epic Inaction, Congress Takes a Vacation
The U.S. Congress is on vacation until after Labor Day, but given its lack of accomplishments, it could have been in recess for the preceding year. Of course, Congress typically spends three days a week in DC even when it’s in session, spending the other four back home collecting campaign funds for the next election, a practice euphemistically called “meeting with constituents.”

But summer recess isn’t all stump speeches and visits to examine vital NATO defenses on the Riviera. Congress will still be hard at work tweeting about the highlights of rubber chicken luncheons at the Rotary Club. We hope our legislators don’t over-exert their Twitter fingers this month. They’ll have just a few days in September to decide on the nation budget, the debt limit, and tax reform, and to keep the White House from crashing the health care system or stumbling into trade war or a military crisis.

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Der Sommerwind

July 31, 2016

“Der Sommerwind (The Summer Wind),” written by Heinz Meier with lyrics by Hans Bradtke, performed by Esther Ofarim in 1970. A version with English lyrics by Johnny Mercer was a hit for Frank Sintara in 1966.

Der Sommerwind,
er hat gespielt mit meinem Haar,
ich stand am Meer
nur weil mein Herz so einsam war.
Doch dann kamst Du
und zeigtest mir,
wie schön die Sterne sind.
Und dazu sang der Sommerwind.

The summer wind,
played with my hair,
I stood by the sea
because my heart was lonely.
But then you came
and showed me,
how beautiful the stars are.
while sang the summer wind.

Esther Ofarim website

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Summer

July 31, 2016

“Summer” by War, released as a single in 1976.

Ridin’ ’round town with all the windows down
Eight track playin’ all your fav’rite sounds
The rhythm of the bongos fill the park
The street musicians tryin’ to get a start

‘Cause it’s summer
Summer time is here

War website

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Beat This Summer

July 31, 2016

“Beat This Summer,” written by Brad PaisleyChris DuBois and Luke Laird, and recorded by Mr. Paisley in 2013.

The video was shot on the Santa Monica boardwalk and beach and directed by Roman White.

“As long I live, whatever I do
As great as it is, you know what’s a bummer
I ain’t ever gonna beat this summer with you”

Brad Paisley website.

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

July 31, 2016

“Hot Fun in the Summertime,” written by Sly Stone and recorded by him with Sly and the Family Stone in 1969. Lead and Background Vocals – Sly Stone, Rose Stone, Freddie Stone, and Larry Graham; Piano Sly Stone; guitar – Freddie Stone; bass – Larry Graham; drums – Greg Errico; tenor saxophone Jerry Martini; trumpet — Cynthia Robinson.

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Cruel Summer

July 31, 2016

“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward). The UK group’s video form the tune was recorded in NYC during the hot summer of 1983.

Bananarama website

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This Summer’s Been Good from the Start

July 31, 2016

“This Summer’s Been Good from the Start,” written by Euros Childs, recorded by the Welsh band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci in 2000.

Euros Childs (vocals, keyboards), Megan Childs (violin, vocals), Richard James (guitar, vocals), Rhodri Puw (bass) and either
Peter Richardson or Euros Rowlands  on drums.
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Summertime Blues

July 30, 2016

“Summertime Blues,” written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart, recorded in 1958. Eddie Cochran (vocals, guitars, hand claps), Connie ‘Guybo’ Smith (electric bass), and Earl Palmer (drums). Rumor has it that Mr. Cochran’s fiancée Sharon Sheeley added some of the clapping.

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In the Summertime

July 30, 2016

“In the Summertime,” written by Ray Dorset and recorded by him with his skiffle group Mungo Jerry in 1970. Ray Dorset (vocals), Mike Cole (string bass), Colin Earl (piano), Paul King (banjo, kazoo), and Joe Rush on washboard. The group’s name was inspired by a poem from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Mungo Jerry website.

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Summer Science

July 30, 2016

The science of Summer, explained by the National Geographic Channel.

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