How do you mark the beginning of Summer? Summer Solstice, the 21st of June? It’s already been hot for a month, you scarcely even notice. Me, I mark it with the opening of the Redwood Drive-In, which started playing movies again this week. In honor of that, I want to play some Summer music. I was going to play some surf music, but my mood this morning turned me against it. I’ll get to the fun-on-the-beach type stuff later, perhaps on the official beginning of Summer. Let’s kick things off with a minor chord instead. First, John Fahey turns Gershwin’s most famous tune, the drowsy and lyrical Summertime into a jangling, jarring, and ominous death-march. Second, an elaborate arrangement of one of the oldest known folk-songs, Sumer is Icumen In, accompanies a literal death-march in the film 1973 horror film The Wicker Man.
May 31, 2009
A Song for Sunday #16- Special Summer Double-Play