First of all, I would like to say that I’m sorry for the Song of the Day for May 20 technically being posted in the very early hours of May 21. It was a busy day, but I promise to make it up to you with this oldie but a goodie. Today I bring you a classic song by Bryan Adams, “Summer of ’69”. This song was released on Adams’ album Reckless in 1984. While some may say the song is outdated, I believe it is timeless. Everything about this song screams “American Dream”, which is ironic since Adams is Canadian. However, going through the lyrics of the song, you learn about a man with some close friends. They put together a band, but don’t really get very far with it. They practice all summer, but the band begins to break up as his friends grow up and move on to other things. Every time I hear this song, I think my friends and myself, and all the things we’ve done in summers past. Which then gets me thinking about the current summer. I hope to one day be able to talk about these summers with my friends like Adams does, calling them “the best days of [his] life”. However, nothing is worse than thinking far enough into the future that the same thing happens to your friends that happens to Adams and his group. Eventually, you begin to breakaway from one another, and before you know it, those summers are just a part of your memories, and you barely ever see those people that used to mean so much to you.
So here’s to all of you out there who plan on having a memorable summer this year! Make it a summer “that seems to last forever”. Have a summer that when you look back, you say you wish you could live in that summer for the rest of your life. I know my friends and I are exactly as Adams describes – young, restless, and needing to unwind. We plan to do everything we possibly can this summer. We know everyone is busy, we know the weather doesn’t always cooperate, but we also know that we want to make some great memories, with some even greater people. If your summer goes well enough, you may even find yourself in a relationship with someone that you can’t stop thinking about when you look back years from now, just like Adams did in this summertime classic. I hope you enjoyed this song. Maybe it puts a smile on your face when you hear it like it does for me. Maybe it gets you thinking about all of your friends and the great times you’ve had and plan on having. Or maybe it even gets you thinking about the future, and how you want to be able to look back on your days of youth. Regardless, I know what is one of the first songs I play every summer, and I don’t see that changing any time in the near future. Hope you all enjoy every second of Summer 2011; may it be your best one yet!