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The Summer Knows

Summer of '42

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The movie “The Summer Of  42” came out in the early 70’s, starring Jennifer O’Neil.  I saw it one time, many years ago – and don’t remember too much about it – but I do remember loving the musical score to the movie.  I don’t remember paying attention to the lyrics – just parts of them here and there.  And like many of us, when we can’t hear what the lyrics are – we make them up or find a different meaning in them.

In high school – an upper classmate of mine sang this song at an assembly for our school.  I can’t remember what the occasion was for her to be singing this song – I just remember that she did.  Because I didn’t know the lyrics – I thought she was singing about something really inappropriate, like people taking off their clothes!  So funny to think about it now – the song is actually talking about the seasons of summer and fall.  That will teach me to listen closely to what is really being said!

I love this version by Barbra Streisand – hope you will too 🙂

Do you have a favorite movie from that time period?  How about an old song you were surprised to find the actual lyrics – instead of what you thought it was saying?  I would love to hear them – I’m sure many of yours are the same as mine.

God Bless

The summer smiles, the summer knows
And unashamed, she sheds her clothes
The summer smoothes the restless sky
And lovingly she warms the sand on which you lie

The summer knows, the summer’s wise
She sees the doubts within your eyes
And so she takes her summer time
Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger
Twists the world ’round her summer finger
Lets you see the wonder of her arms

And if you’ve learned your lessons well
There’s little more for her to tell
One last caress, it’s time to dress for fall

And if you’ve learned your lesson well
There’s little more for her to tell
One last caress, it’s time to dress for fall

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Drops Of Jupiter

I can’t tell you why I love these song lyrics – but I identify with them somehow.    I was singing this with a voice student of mine this last week – and I asked her, “What do you think these lyrics mean?”  Interesting question, right?

I have found that the best song lyrics have a universal meaning.  And even though the writer of these words was taking something from his real life – it usually is a personal story that inspires the best songs.   This song is actually about a dream.  The lead singer of Train lost his mother to cancer and had a weird dream about missing her.   Enjoy it – it’s one of Train’s best songs and after listening to the song and seeing the lyrics – there is another video of Pat explaining about the dream and why he wrote the song.  It’s really great!

Who’s your “Drops Of Jupiter” today?  Who do you miss?

God Bless


For You

Heard this wonderful song today on Pandora Radio and had to share it with all of you today.  There is something special that only music can express. And sometimes the emotion of love can ONLY be fully expressed through a song – a melody – and very special lyrics.  I have many songs that are special and always a part of me for that reason.  Music evokes a memory and an emotion that nothing else does.  For this reason it is and will continue to be a central focus for me – not only as a musician – but as a human being.  God the creator of music – knows what moves us emotionally – He created us unique and special – knowing the things that touch us and restore joy and happiness – His kiss of love to us.  And this is just one example.

Enjoy and God Bless

No words to say
No words to convey
This feeling inside I have for you

Deep in my heart
Safe from the guards
Of intellect and reason
Leaving me at a loss
For words to express my feelings

Deep in my heart
Deep in my heart
Look at me losing control
Thinking I had a hold
But with feelings this strong
I’m no longer the master
Of my emotions

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