201: “Ice Cream” by Battles

Battles in a shiny box.It’s the time of year for ice cream and lawnmowers.  Sprinklers and sparklers.  Tan and movie lines.  Sweaty backs and stinky cracks.

Check out a great summertime song, “Ice Cream” by Battles.  Thanks to my buddy Norm in California for the suggestion.

Enjoy.

Song: Ice Cream
Artist: Battles
Album: Gloss Drop
Label: Warp Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

186: “Summertime” by Albert Ayler

The lines themselves don't even stay inside the lines if you look close enough.Asking some people not to draw outside the lines is like asking some people not to put tabasco on their pancakes. The request is absurd from the wrong end of the question mark.

Albert Ayler blew his horn like he was riding a wild stallion. No lines. No fences. No ground. No sky. Just horn. Wild bucking horn.

Enjoy Gershwin’s classic “Summertime” Ayler style, from My Name Is Albert Ayler (1963).

Song: Summertime
Artist: Albert Ayler
Album: My Name Is Albert Ayler
Label: 1201 Music
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

142: “Summertime” by Gene Harris

Hey, you, don't make me pose real good for this camera, like this!Gene Harris plays a memorable version of Gershwin’s “Summertime” here.

And a poem…

“The Goose” by Muriel Spark, from All the Poems of Muriel Spark. © New Directions. Reprinted without permission, but with a wry smile?

The Goose
Do you want to know why I am alive today?
I will tell you.
Early on, during the food-shortage,
Some of us were miraculously presented
Each with a goose that laid a golden egg.
Myself, I killed the cackling thing and I ate it.
Alas, many and many of the other recipients
Died of gold-dust poisoning.

The best things in life aren’t things!  Enjoy.

Song: Summertime
Artist: Gene Harris