Summer Songs, Friday: “Summertime”

“Summertime” is a perennial favorite.  Originally written by George Gershwin, the song has become something of an American standard and classic.  Even though it was written for the opera Porgy & Bess, remarkably it sounds like a folk song that has since become part of the American consciousness.  Wikipedia states that are over 15,000 different versions of the song recorded to date.

The song is perhaps most notable for its opening lines, “Summertime and the living is easy”.   Whether or not that is true for everyone, I personally think it’s a life that many Americans seek.  (Until researching for this post, I had no idea that it was originally sung as a lullaby in Porgy & Bess.  Bess sings it to Clara’s baby.)

There are several different versions of this song, which I love.  My favorite version is Sam Cooke’s (almost anything Sam Cooke did was better than anyone else’s – except for his version of “Blowin’ in the Wind”.)

Billie Holiday also does a great version as well:

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

2 responses to “Summer Songs, Friday: “Summertime”

  1. beautiful song and well worth the mention!
    back when I took voice lessons, I had to sing this for my recital… not as fun as you’d think haha

    – Calhoun

    http://selfproclaimedmegalomaniac.wordpress.com/

  2. Matt Satterfield

    Is it hard to sing? I’ve never taken voice lessons so I wouldn’t know. I would imagine it would be hard to see really good though.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s