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May 31, 2009

A Song for Sunday #16- Special Summer Double-Play

Filed under: A Song for Sunday,Music — rmangum @ 9:40 pm
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"Loudly sing cuckoo!"

"Loudly sing cuckoo!"

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.

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2 Comments »

  1. Sumer Is Icumen In is creepy as all hell. Christopher Lee is a wizened old geezer in the Star Wars movies but, I have to say, he’s quite the dashing hunk in those old Hammer horror flicks.

    Comment by Michael — June 2, 2009 @ 1:23 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, and how about that Britt Ekland? She gets my wicker burning!

    Comment by rmangum — June 2, 2009 @ 5:48 am | Reply


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