Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
You know, the challenging thing about these TMT Tuesdays is not writing the Posts, it’s the mental/emotional time travel that you need to do to find songs that elicit a certain mood or feeling. S0me of the songs on today’s list I didn’t like when they were first released (well, maybe only one of them… the Orleans). But, when I hear the song and let my mind wander…. Summer in the 70s is where I end up.
Nothing sez summer in the ’60s Like Sylvester and them!
“…think joints and cheap wine sitting on the ground. Man, how we change as we get older! Try to imagine yourself, out, maybe in town and you happen upon a band (or a musician) playing, maybe in a park or on the Town Green and you decide to just sit on the ground to listen to the music for a while.
Remember back to the point in your life when sitting on the ground was not an unusual act, our joking reference to the wine and pot…well, while it’s tempting to think that they (and the altered state of consciousness they are meant to induce) was what allowed you to sit on the ground, I personally do not believe that was the reason we could sit on the ground. I’m not 100% sure what changed, but what does comes to mind is the sense of propriety that all adults are expected to possess. I remember last Summer. I was out on business, in my car and I passed a hitchhiker. Didn’t stop…had an appointment and all. But the thing is, later that afternoon, on my way back to the office, I spotted him on the side of the road. Sitting on the ground, right by the side of the road (in fact, leaning up against a sign that told everyone moving in excess of 3 mph how they could find the interstate), he did not appear to be in distress or under the influence…but he seemed to be just resting. As a clark, I stared in wonder at the unself-conscousness of his choice of resting spots.
Hell, watch an ‘adult’ person, in the right and rare circumstances, attempt to sit on the ground. The caution and tentativeness that they imbue this simple act is…. well old!
Lets not be so quick to leave the 60s
The 70s had Summers too, ya know!
Speakin for the 80’s
Well, lets close by getting somewhere in the 21st Century…. ( a time when the best rock songs were being played on ‘country music’ stations.)