The Sunshine #7-3, June/July 2016

Summertime

“One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky”

Oh it’s Summertime, and the living is easy… ‘Summertime’ is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, although the song is also co-credited to Ira Gershwin by ASCAP.
The song soon became a popular and much recorded jazz standard and has been described as “without doubt one of the finest songs the composer ever wrote”. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has characterized Heyward’s lyrics for “Summertime” as “the best lyrics in the musical theater”.
The song is recognized as one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music, with more than 33,000 covers by groups and solo performers. Impressive.
It is a soft, melodic, almost hypnotizing tune, with a whimsical, laid back and comforting feel to it. It so successfully captures that lazy days of Summer feeling, which so many musical artists over the years have attempted to do, that it is no wonder that it is such a classic still much loved many, many years later. It is no wonder that we received several emails this month where the authors of those emails sang it to us. Such fun. It quickly became the obvious choice as THE song for the June/July edition.
The song is one of comfort and assurance, a lullaby sung to a baby, acknowledging that someday, this baby will fly, and to let them know that, until “that morning, there’s a’nothing can harm you, with daddy and mamma standing by”. A very comforting song indeed. Enjoyable to sing and absolutely perfect for these days when “Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high”.
Welcome to the June/July edition of The Sunshine Express! We are glad you are here and a happy and most excellent Summer to you. It will be officially Summer on June 20 with the solstice, however it is already Summer in our eyes. Spring cleaning is done, the gardening has begun, the nights are getting warmer and yes, the fish are jumpin’! Many thanks to all of you who came out to our Miramonte Mother’s Day fishing derby and congrats on a fine day of excellent fishing. It was a great fun day and we can’t wait until next year.
We also wish for everybody an enjoyable and fun Independence Day and send a special message of thanks to all of you Dads out there for all that you do for your families. We know that you are under appreciated sometimes by society and we want you to know of our gratitude and love for you. You’re the best!
Now, it’s time to dive into this edition of The Sunshine Express and explore the treasure trove of cool and fun things to do all over our beautiful western slope. Welcome and blessings to all of you who have traveled from afar to see the glorious sights and to our Colorado family. Happy Summer, we love you! – KingDaddy & Moonstruck

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