How’s that weather up in Philly? Cold enough for you? When was the last time it was above freezing? I know, I know, you REALLY like this weather. You ENJOY the change of seasons. You LOVE wearing layers and layers of clothes, running from heated building to heated car (which, of course, is not heated when you first get in) and basically saying bye-bye to the great outdoors. With all that “winter loving” allegedly going on, I can never understand why there are so many people from Philly in places like California and Florida. Must be following the jobs, right?
Anyway, it’s been very sunny and warm in SoFla. People are living like it is still summer. Shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, swimming in the ocean, riding bikes past flowers and green vegetation, and eating outside and enjoying the Earth.
Don’t fret, it’s only a few more snowy, freezing months until the thaw begins and you can start kvetching about global warming again. In the meantime, here are a few tunes to get you thinking about the warmer days ahead.
Let’s start with Heat Wave which actually isn’t about the summer kind of heat. It’s about being around that sexy thang that makes your motor start and rev, your stomach churn, and your knees weak and shaky. I prefer the Linda Ronstadt version to the original by Martha and the Vandellas, and you probably think I’m an idiot for that, but too bad. Linda has the pipes, I’m an idiot and you’re getting LR:
What about the smell of grass, freshly cut and feeling so nice? Want an ice cream cone? Mmmm, tasty on a warm day. XTC wrote a song about being shocked about what lovers do on grass, and you don’t do it when you have to dig through the snow like a bison to find those frozen tender shoots. It’s simply called Grass and it’s a slow sexy drag through the sun and warmth. And for those who think feet are sexy, and I know you're out there, you'll dig this pretty weird video:
I know you’re watching a ton of TV right now. The sun is down by 4:45 and it’s windy and freezing outside. Turn on the tube (funny that it no longer has tubes, right?) and watch until, oh, 9 pm and then go sleep. Wake up in the dark the next morning, run to your car outside, sit on a frozen seat driving to work, and then, just when the car finally gets warm, move fast from car to building to avoid frostbit. Eat a ton. Then back to the TV. Winter has come to Game of Thrones. Isn’t life great? Well, do you remember this classic show? With Hawaii Five-O, the Ventures played a great, catchy surf jam that conjures up warm, hollow waves on the North Shore, which are probably breaking huge at Waimea, Sunset and Pipeline and packed with surfers about now:
One final track. They aren’t writing songs about getting hypothermia while snowshoeing through some frozen forest. Nope. Think this instead: Sitting by the sea. Drink in your hand, toes in the sand. Money in your pocket. And a rockin’ track to capture that scene. Van Halen will take you there. All you need is Beautiful Girls:
That was kind of mean of me. I hope that you have plenty of firewood that you are burning so that, come spring, you can dig all that stinky ash out and get covered in soot while the rest of us are out enjoying the dogwoods and azaleas. Five more months until it’s fully leafed out. I have to go put on more sunscreen since I am now dry from my daily ocean swim. Later.
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.