June 20, 2012, - 10:54 am
Today is the first day of summer.
Below are my two favorite summer songs. What are yours?
While there have been many covers of this, my faves are the original studio version and the “Philip Steir/Tsuper Tsunami” remix of the original Seals and Crofts vocals, both of which are above. Seals & Crofts like the remix, too. It appears on the cool 2004 Warner Brothers ’70s & ’80s remix compilation album, “What is Hip? Remix Project, Vol. 1” (which I highly recommend). In addition to it being a great song that captures the mood of summer evenings, I like it because it must drive feminists mad. Seals & Crofts sing about a guy returning from a hard day’s work on a Friday Night. His woman is waiting at home for him after she’s been cooking dinner. Despite the hippie-dominated early ’70s, they could still get away with lyrics like these without coming under fire from the NOW hags:
And I come home from a hard day’s work, and you’re waiting there, not a care in the world.
See the smile a-waitin’ in the kitchen, food cookin’ and the plates for two.
See the arms that reach out to hold me, in the evening when the day is through.
Today, given that feminism is now reality and stay-at-home dads are the norm, don’t be surprised if some girl band or female singer does a cover with the guy being the homemaker in the lyrics.
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