Friday, July 11, 2014

SONGS OF SUMMER BLOGHOP

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,





Welcome to the Songs of Summer bloghop, hosted by the Armchair Squid, Cygnus and Suze.  On Friday, July 11, 2014, please join us by posting 5 of your favorite summer songs and sharing some memories about them.  Maybe between us, we can build the perfect soundtrack to accompany us over the next few months.  If possible, include links so we can hear these gems.  And, if you're in the southern hemisphere, join us to dance those winter blues away!

I think the music of summer was especially important to me when I was a teenager. Music provided a connection with the world, gave me solace when I was lonely, and became the background music when I sang into my little tape recorder. Those lyrics were poetry and parties and, sometimes, pandemonium (according to my parents).

A lot of my songs of summer are associated with summer loves: the boys I dated, the ones who got away, the ones from whom I ran.

Here's my summer soundtrack:



5. Seals and Crofts made me dream of a future with someone I loved.







4. It's not summer without The Beach Boys.





3. The theme from the movie Jaws reminds me of my most hilarious date ever.





2. I've seen America in concert five times. I talked to Dewey and Gerry and got their autographs, but never saw Dan. He left the group relatively early and passed away a few years ago. How do I choose a song of theirs? They all make me think of summer. I guess I have to go with the song that has my name.





1. RFK Stadium. Fourth of July. Linda was still alive. I think it was 1989. I was young enough to think I'd be married for the rest of my life. I didn't know something better awaited me, but this one night was magic.





Here's a bonus song of last summer with Middle Child. I finally figured out how to put the video on my blog. Sorry I don't know how to make it wider.






I hope you enjoyed my choices. If you'd like to join the bloghop, just hop on over to The Armchair Squid to sign up. Willy Dunne Wooters, I wish I had a summer love song for you. I guess I sing my love to you when I play my piano.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

P.S. I suppose you want to know about the most hilarious date ever. I've told this story before, but many of you weren't following me when I posted about it, or you've probably forgotten it.

Jaws was the blockbuster movie of the summer. I went to see it with Mike, who was oh! so hot. We made out until the movie started. I could hear the adolescent boys seated behind us moaning and groaning about how they had to sit behind the lovers. Then the movie began and we were mesmerized, much too busy to kiss. The moment that the shark suddenly rose from the water and moved toward the boat was terrifying––so terrifying that Mike fell out of his seat. I saw him from the corner of my eye, looking up at me. Had I seen? I had, but I didn't let him know. I stared at the screen because I didn't want him to be embarrassed.

I have no idea what happened to Mike. It wasn't until many years after our date that I revealed Mike fell out of his seat during Jaws.

61 comments:

  1. Hahaha! How do you fall out of a movie theater seat? It takes skill.

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    1. I think he was so startled that he just slid out. I didn't see the actual fall. Just became aware that he was on the floor.

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  2. Falling out of the seat is funny. The worst summer song is Mungo Jerry's Summertime. "If the girl is rich, take her out for a meal. If her daddy's poor, just do what you will." I hate it.

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  3. Hi Janey .. great selection of choices - most of which I know ... but your love-story during Jaws .. funny and then flat on the floor - I wonder if Mike recites the tale .. I've never seen Jaws, but am sure I'd have heard the music as John Williams wrote the score .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I don't know if I'd still think Jaws is frightening, but that summer I had never seen anything like it––or like Mike.

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  4. Great list! I love many of those songs, too.

    And amazingly I ALSO chose the Theme from Jaws as one of my five!!! I was sure that would be a unique song choice for the blog-fest, lol! But that movie was EVERYWHERE in 1975, and the theme became so iconic, it's really not that surpriseing to see it on someone else's list. :).

    This is a fun blog-fest. I love how everyone has taken the songs and made them so personal. The power of music and the way we can associate it so strongly with memories and locations and events is amazing, isn't it?

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    1. Oh, yes, so many important moments in my life are associated with certain songs.

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  5. Love, love, love Seals and Crofts. America and Paul McCartney. It was so hard to limit my favorites to five (I had to tie them to significant memories...I am getting old, ha ha).

    A friend moved to California, became all involved in the Ba'hai religion and was a babysitter for Jimmy Seals. I was so jealous.

    Another great blog hop - first dates! The Mike story was hilarious.

    {{{Hug it out}}}
    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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    1. It was so hard to limit my choices to five that a few minutes ago I added a bonus sixth video (homemade).

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  6. Would you believe I never even saw Jaws until I was in my 30s? I guess my mom wouldn't let me see it when it came out and I don't remember it ever coming on TV, although I'm sure it must have.

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    1. I remember it used to be on TBS sometimes. I haven't seen it in years. It was terrifying on the big screen.

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  7. Hm. Wish I'd known about this sooner. (The bloghop, not Mike falling out of his seat.)

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    1. It's never too late. Choose your own day and select your songs of summer.

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  8. I suggest a summer song for WDW, "Baby Let Me Bang Your Box" by Dough Clark and the Hot Nuts. Always my sentimental favorite.

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  9. I almost used JAWS myself Janie. An awesome list.

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    1. It's hard to forget seeing that movie for the first time.

      Love,
      Janie

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  10. You totally made that cup son your own! You and Middle Child make an adorable team.

    Poor, hot Mike. heehee.

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    1. Thank you. Mike proved that popular, good looking guys could be regular humans beings.

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  11. Great songs, all.

    RFK? You have DC connections? I grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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    1. My children grew up in Maryland, but they weren't born there. We lived in Laurel for three years and in Hagerstown for twelve. I'm sorry I left, but it's too late, baby, now it's too late, though we really did try to make it . . . sorry, lyrics on the brain.

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  12. I don't know about wider, but I know how to make it bigger.
    Ohhh...that is just GROSS.
    Sorry.

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  13. I like Seals and Crofts. I think I saw them in the 1980s at a summerfest in Chicagoland. I play their CD often. Do you have CDs? I bet you do.

    I have liked America since birth. I can't hear your stuff, so I will play a CD.

    Thanks for the tunes.

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    1. I'm sorry you can't hear the songs. Are you sure you have the volume on? I have CDs, but I rarely play them. Though I'm a multi-tasker, I can't listen to music while I'm doing other things. It gives me a headache. I like to play my old albums sometimes and just sit and listen. I kept my eight-track tapes, too, because someday the eight-track will be back and no one will want CDs.

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  14. Wow, what a crazy date. Jaws is a good scary movie. I love your list. Live and let Die is awesome. Summer Breeze has been pretty popular on this hop; I almost feel like I missed out somehow. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. 'I Could Have Dance All Night!' What a great song to pair with the cup maneuvers. :) Your voice sounds sweet, Janie. And I like that you chose Daisy Jane from America's line-up. Very nice vibe.

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    1. Thank you. I guess my voice is sweet if you like the sound of chickens squawking and pigs squealing.

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  16. I have a funny "Jaws" story for another time. One of my favorite summer songs is American Pie. I didn't see it listed.

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    1. I didn't think about American Pie, but I love it. We all wondered what each section meant.

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  17. Oh, how I love "Summer Breeze"! That song makes me want to cry when I hear it! And I love EVERYTHING Wings ever did! Great vignette about the date, too!

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    1. Thank you for visiting. Do you have a blog I can follow? I couldn't find one by clicking on your name.

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  18. OMG. I'm laughing so hard at your cup song, tears are coming out of my eyes! You two need to go on the road together! Major talent there!

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    1. I just watched it again and I can't stop crying. We made a few other funny videos, too. How I miss Middle Child.

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  19. My kids taught me the cup song, too! Only I just let them do it; when they do it together it's pretty cute. The America song brought back an intense memory-feeling, if not exactly a memory. Nice selection!

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    1. Middle Child and I were having fun with it. I don't usually do the cup song.

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  20. Good picks, but I've gotta say, the last video with you and Middle Child put the biggest smile on my face.

    HA! Fell out of his seat, huh? Sounds like some of the guys I dated.

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    1. We had a lot of fun making that video. It doesn't really show the look on her face when I started my version of the song. She just went with it.

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  21. Janie, you are a brave gal singing for all of us! Too cute! And, I love the Beach Boys clip. So cool to see their recording of recording...
    Great post!
    Veronica

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    1. I like The Beach Boys clip, too. It's interesting to see Brian Wilson running here and there, arranging everything.

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  22. Janie you're a brave gal to sing for all of us! Too cute. I love the Beach Boys clip! So fun to see them recording their recordings...
    Great post!
    Veronica

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  23. Did the adolescent boys behind you see him fall? Did he get another date - with you or anyone?

    Hi, Janie. I found you through that Mr. Penwasser - such a card, he is.

    You and Middle Child gave a wonderful grand finale.

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    1. I don't think anyone else saw him fall. Everyone's eyes were glued to the screen. That Penwasser is a hoot.

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  24. Great song choices. The falling out of his seat is really funny. I went on a date to see Wait Until Dark and when the guy (you thought was dead) lunged at her leg...we both let out a loud air sucking squeak and jumped in our seats a little. But falling out of a seat...that's pretty funny. You were polite to pretend not to notice. ;)

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    1. I didn't want him to be embarrassed. It was the least I could do for His Royal Hotness.

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  25. Hi, Janie Junebug! Sir Shady sez you should never be too busy to smooch. It improves the circulation. I must admit, however, that I had the same reaction to Jaws the first time I saw it in the theater. It was the Psycho/Night of the Living Dead of the 70s, a movie that redefined on-screen terror.

    I enjoyed your summer soundtrack. Mrs. Shady #1 (the dumping was mutual, in case you're wondering) loved "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl" by Seals & Crofts and anything by Paul McCartney and Wings. Remember "Hi Hi Hi"? My Pick to Click in this batch is the Beach Boys. Did you ever see the 2000 TV movie The Beach Boys: An American Family? If not I hope you'll check it out if you ever see it listed. It's an excellent biopic.

    I also enjoyed seeing and hearing (for the very first time) my very special friend Janie Junebug. I hope you won't unfriend me if I call you a babe. (You're a babe.)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear JJ!

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    1. Oh, yes, I remember Hi Hi Hi. I sing it sometimes. I don't think I ever saw The Beach Boys movie. Maybe it's on Netflix. Middle Child is the babe in that video. Don't get confused.

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  26. Jaws theme should have been on my list! This is still one of my favourite films even without an embarrassing date story :-)

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  27. Great list-the Jaws theme is an interesting choice-is it something you actually pull out and listen to or is it the memory.

    You should have blackmailed him on falling out of his seat!

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    1. It's the memory. If I had blackmailed Mike, then he might have blackmailed me back.

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  28. Very summer-y choices! I think you probably win the prize for best Jaws story ever :-)

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    1. It's one of my favorite date memories.

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  29. Ha! Oh Mike . . . Great choices, I'll admit my favorite was you and middle child, though ;)

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    1. Thank you. Middle Child and I aim to please.

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  30. SUMMER BREEZE is perfect, and any list without The Beach Boys is simply WRONG!
    ~ D-FensDogg

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    1. The dictionary should have a photo of The Beach Boys as the definition of "summer."

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  31. So lucky you've gotten to see Paul McCartney live!

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