You just knew, that one day after featuring “Summer Madness,” and even mentioning this song in that post, that today’s Morning Groove would figure into “summer” week.
In what may be the easiest choice of the week, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime,” with it’s interpolation/sample of Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness,” is today’s Morning Groove.
Some people of a certain age hear this song and figure that it’s the start of summer. For a lot of people, once Memorial Day weekend comes, it’s unofficially the start of the summer season. I waited until today because according to my calendar, today is the first day of summer.
Who am I kidding? I am one of those people of a certain age. In fact, I expect to hear it at least once during Memorial Day weekend. Not that I’m going to go out of my way to play it myself. Because once I hear it, that’s enough for me. I mean the song has been bombarding my ears for twenty-five years now. I think I can pretty much tell anyone how it goes. You probably can too.
There was a story some time back that Will Smith (aka The Fresh Prince) was working on some new music, and that Jeff Townes (aka DJ Jazzy Jeff) would be working with him on some of it. So far, nothing. But you never know; Will may have had some time on his hands since he didn’t participate in that Independence Day sequel that is coming to theaters really soon.
So, is this a summer kickoff song for you? When you hear it, do you think “yeah, it’s summer!” Or are you so sick of it that you can’t stand to hear it? Just tell me, I won’t have a poll this go ’round.
So that’s today’s Morning Groove…adjust the bass and let the Alpine blast. And as always, thanks for reading and listening.