July 28

The Songs of Summer # 58: ‘Summer Breeze’ by Seals & Crofts

seals-croft-summer-breezeAnother Song of Summer by an artist that I can safely say that I really have no interest in whatsoever. ‘Summer Breeze‘ by Seals & Crofts. From the 1972 album of the same name.

Who are (or were) Seals & Crofts? I know they were a pop-folk duo who had a handful of decent-sized hits in the 1970’s. And that’s about all I know. Oh sure, I could google them and find out a lot more about this musical duo, but I’m not going to. Because I really don’t care. I don’t want to know more, I don’t need to know more. And yet…here’s one of their biggest hits here on my List.

Summer Breeze‘ and mellow, folky pop hits like it littered the pop charts in those days. From wikipedia: “Bruce Eder of Allmusic referred to it as ‘one of those relentlessly appealing 1970s harmony-rock anthems … appropriately ubiquitous on the radio and in the memory’ ” Which pretty much nails this song, and every other song like it. They were everywhere in the pop culture back then, and now they’re everywhere in the back alleys of my mind, where melodies and lyrics to songs I haven’t heard in 30 years can be instantly summoned to the surface as if they never left.

Even though I couldn’t care less about the overall career path of Seals & Crofts, I really do love this song. It’s one of those tunes I must’ve heard all day long on the radio back then. (I listened to a lot of radio as a kid.) And even though the song was popular in 1972, when I wasn’t more than 3 or 4 years old, I remember it vividly. Maybe it was that odd, plinky sound of a child’s piano playing in the song’s background that made it memorable to my tiny ears. Hard to say.

We’re all saddled with the pop culture we were exposed to as children for the rest of our lives…That’s true of every generation, but I’d like to think that the children of the 70’s were blessed with a very unique and memorable culture to have been subjected to during our formative years. It was a wild decade for pop music, which was all over the place, good and bad. And the strange thing is, since it was implanted onto our young brains, we remember it all fondly; it doesn’t matter really if it was good or bad. It was there, and now it’s ours. For better or worse. Is ‘Summer Breeze‘ a bad song? Hell, I don’t know. But I do know this: It is a Song of Summer.

BONUS!! It’s one of those hot, horribly humid days we here in Michigan have a strong love/hate relationship with. Steer clear of the milk today, folks.


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Posted July 28, 2015 by brainstembob@yahoo.com in category "Music", "Pop Culture", "Songs of Summer", "Spotify Playlist

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