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Summertime

 

Something for the weekend.  Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong team up to give an unforgettable rendition of Summertime.  Composed as an aria in 1934 by George Gershwin for the play Porgy and Bess, it always conveys to me memories of the various hot summers of my boyhood when home air conditioning was rare and a luxury.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

6 Comments

  1. ” it always conveys to me memories of the various hot summers of my boyhood when home air conditioning was rare and a luxury.”

    What’s “air conditioning” ? Is it like hair conditioner? 😉

  2. Where I live Don, a British diplomat once compared its summer time temperature and humidity unfavorably with that of various tropical postings he had endured. Not all of us can live in the best climate on Earth!

    http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/new-zealand-climate-and-weather/

    I will say one thing for Midwest weather however, if one wishes to experience almost everything that Mother Nature can throw at you, not including hurricanes, a year in the Midwest will usually accomplish that!

  3. Genius, from composition to execution. Truly gifts from God, whether any of them thought about that, or cared. Wonderful share – thank you!

  4. Almost 40 years ago we Saw Porgy and Bess performed as an opera. Wonderful especially Summertime. We went with another young couple and had to stand in the back as it was SRO and probably SRO was all we could afford. We still have the two record album, but alas no working phonograph. Hadn’t thought of that big city venture in years; thanks for the memories.

  5. Yes Don, we are truly blessed here in Godzone.
    The ten years I spent in Australia, we lived on the coast – Wollongong NSW – where the climate was similar to ours here in the Bay of Plenty – frosts in the winter, and warm pleasant temperatures in the summer. But when those hot Nor – westers blew in from the interior – up to 43deg. C and hotter inland – I did appreciate the air conditioning. And of course, the compulsory very chilled Aussie beer after work. 🙂

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