One last summer fling

As August draws to a close, there’s almost a tangible sense that summer also is doing so.

Those last few nights by the lake, or at the cottage, seem quieter. They seem longer. There’s an emptiness about them.

You know what has gone on all summer. Perhaps you miss that vibe. Perhaps you’re glad to be done with it.

Perhaps you hooked up with someone. Perhaps it went well, perhaps not. Perhaps you wanted to hook up with someone, but could not or did not. Perhaps you just remember those experiences from summers past.

That pursuit is one of the essential ingredients of any summer.

So we’re putting our money in the jukebox and playing those songs — the ones that have the feel of summer crushes, love, lust, flirtation, obsession, whatever — one last time before the outdoor bar closes until Memorial Day.

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“Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” the slow version, Neil Sedaka, 1976, from “The Definitive Collection,” 2007.

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“Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul, 1972, from “Soul Hits of the ’70s — Didn’t It Blow Your Mind” sampler, 1991. The entire series is out of print. Try “Me and Mrs. Jones: The Best of Billy Paul,” from 1999.

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“Bailamos,” Enrique Iglesias, from “Enrique,” 1999. (It’s also on the “Wild Wild West” soundtrack from the same year.)

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“Who Will the Next Fool Be?” Amazing Rhythm Aces, from “Stacked Deck,” 1975. (Packaged on CD with the “Too Stuffed To Jump” album.)

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“How Blue Can You Get?” B.B. King, 1970, from “The Best of B.B. King,” 1973. This album is out of print. This tune also is on “Live in Cook County Jail,” 1971. Whether it’s the same version, I don’t know. (It is, and thanks to Whiteray over at Echoes in the Wind for the heads-up.)

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Filed under August 2007, Sounds

2 responses to “One last summer fling

  1. Nice tunes! And yeah, the end of summer has its own feel, one that one welcomes and wishes away at the same time. (The B.B. King track is, in fact, from the Cook County Jail album.)

  2. Shark

    For some reason, the Beach Boys version of “California Dreaming” (1986) makes me think of the end of summer. Other songs that come to mind were hits from late August 1977 because they were blaring from dorm room speakers as I was moving into my dorm room for my freshman year of college. They include:
    Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent
    Telephone Line – Electric Light Orchestra
    Jungle Love – Steve Miller Band
    Black Betty – Ram Jam
    Cold As Ice – Foreigner
    Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac (how appropriate!)

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