Friday, June 19, 2015

Summertime Blues

Well, at last, it is summertime.  The trees are now fully dressed in green and flowers are blooming in all sorts of beautiful colors.  Sitting on the porch swing just after sunrise, you can feel the heat intensify as the sun climbs higher and higher into the bluest of blue sky.  In the quiet you can hear the birds singing or fussing at each other.  It is a good time to reflect on all of the wonderful memories of the past.

Certain words make me think of songs that either have that word in the title or are about that topic.  Take the word 'summertime'.  'Summertime Blues' sung by Eddie Cochran always comes to mind.  I was 10 years old when this song was released and rock n' roll was becoming the music of the young people.  The 1950s were a rebellious time.  Although not a singer, what do you think of when you hear the name:  James Dean?  What do you think when you hear the names:  Elvis Presley?  Gene Vincent? Chuck Berry? and Eddie Cochran?  I think sex appeal and rebellious excitement.  Not only did I enjoy hearing their voices sing of love, romance and sometimes a little naughtiness, I enjoyed watching them move and boy, did they know how to move.

OK, back to 'Summertime Blues' many shades of blues - the blue of the sky in summer, deep indigo blue, refreshing turquoise blue of the Caribbean sea, cold steel blue, navy blue, royal blue, baby blue oh, and Carolina blue.  I decided to search my stores using the word 'blue' to just see how many items I have that are either blue or have blue in them.  In one store, it brought up 127 items.  In the other store, 41 items.  Here are a few items in various shades of blues.............

A beautiful powder blue Imperial swan dish  

L.G. Wright S Repeat toothpick holder in celeste blue

Hazel Atlas Pillar Optic small mixing bowl in Ritz blue

Swirl hobnail pebbled cobalt blue vase

Stetson / Marcrest Pine Cone or Blue Spruce dinner plate

Anchor Hocking Soreno Aquamarine blue ashtray

And to get your summer rockin', I found this video of Eddie Cochran singing 'Summertime Blues' at the Town Hall Party show in 1958 on YouTube.

'Summertime Blues' by Eddie Cochran co-written by Eddie Cochran and released in the summer of 1958.