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Summer's hopes but winter's realities

February 18, 2011 - Steve Murch
Like most people, the February thaw we've had makes my mind wander to spring and summer. When we get this kind of weather I tend to listen to old summer-type of music like the Beach Boys, early Chicago (anything after they released their first greatest hits “Chicago IX” is too Peter Cetera-y and should be avoided) and the Doobie Brothers because they both always toured during the summer when I was young.

Today's music doesn't seem to have a summertime vibe to it. There are songs that are popular during the summer, but that doesn't mean they have that summer feel or sound. Lots of old Motown has that sound and feel. It just makes me think of warmer days.

Ironically, one song that everyone equates with summer, Jimmy Buffet's “Margaritaville,” is really about a sad, lonely man who is trying to forget everything by getting drunk. Everyone knows the words, but is that what you really want to remember about summer — destroying your liver over a lost love?

The signs of warmer days are all around us on Friday: bright sunshine, people wearing inappropriate clothing because it's still chilly and winter, and melting snow all over the place.

Unfortunately, the signs of winter are still hear, too, reminding us we can't get too excited about spring's and summer's arrivals just yet. The Alpena Ice Tree, though showing the wear of warmth, sunshine and Friday night's rain, still stands across from State Street Lube, and the boats are still wrapped for the winter.

Temperatures are going back to the 20s beginning on the weekend, so stay warm.


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