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May 30, 2014

'Song of the Summer' is more about summer than song

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Everyone knows that “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is the song of the summer, that is unless “Love Never Felt So good,” the Michael Jackson song featuring Justin Timberlake that has come to us from beyond the grave via a Jeep commercial that seems to be playing on a 24-hour loop on TV, takes over the airwaves with its classic old school flavor. Or if you have a nephew who lives “in the city” and drinks artisanal beers, they might tell you that the song of the summer is something off of Chromeo’s new album which features a delightfully retro “Saturday Night Fever” vibe (do yourself a favor and listen to their song “Come Alive.”) Music journalists, Good Morning America anchors and people in poorly lit bars will debate this throughout the summer, but I have news for the rest of us; the winner of the title “Song of the summer” doesn’t matter at all because it’s not about the song — it’s about the summer.

An effective summer anthem is transcendent. It should be able to get little kids to do their classic jump/run in circles dance moves, it should get grandma’s toe tapping and it should illicit the classic “Woo!” of excitement when it comes on in the bar/backyard BBQ. I remember last summer and the classic summer jam “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk (coincidentally featuring Pharrell.) In a 24-hour period, I was pulled over for speeding by a police officer who was playing it in his cruiser, I had a consultation call for a wedding where the bride asked that I put it on the ‘must play’ list for her reception, and I attended a happy hour where a classic “bro” in cargo shorts and a sideways hat literally yelled “Song of the summer!” when it came on. All of this for a band made up of two French guys in robot costumes who at that point were most well-known for the Bar Mitzvah staple “One More Time.”

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