Hot town, summer in the City…

Released by the Lovin’ Spoonful in the summer of 1966 (a lifetime ago!), Summer in the City remains etched in my youthful memory.  Who can forget lyrics like “Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty…” clearly sung by John Sebastian?  I know I can’t.  Did you know that Joe Cocker covered the song in the 1990s?  Neither did I.

Cuarón, Roma (trailer), Pink Floyd

This is a beautiful film, gorgeously photographed in black & white, casual and breathtaking at the same time, impeccably choreographed, alive with the mystery that is life.  Yeah, I really liked it.  Best to see it on the big screen.  This trailer just appeared to remind me of the films transcendent greatness.  The Pink Floyd music (not used in the actual film) really sells it.

The Verve “Bitter Sweet Symphony”

Certainly, I do not need to post up this music video of The Verve‘s 1997 song Bitter Sweet Symphony, I mean it’s already been viewed over 200,000,000 times!  But, it’s a great song, no matter the tortured copyright issues stemming from its sampling of previously recorded material by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra, which itself was derived (or inspired) from the Rolling Stone’s song The Last Time, which if you listen to, sounds absolutely nothing like Bitter Sweet Symphony and has totally different lyrics.  I had never seen the music video featuring vocalist & song writer Richard Ashcroft, and it is really great!

The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun”

Eric Burdon and the Animals sing their 1964 hit song The House of the Rising Sun.  Who could forget this memorable tale of a life gone bad (spent in sin & misery).  Turns out, people have been singing this song for a few hundred years, in one version or another, and the origin & author of the song are lost to history.  Hmmm, it must tell a story that still resonates today!  Mothers, tell your children, not to do what I have done!