The pace of summer is a welcomed change from the often hectic pace of the rest of the year. Trips to the beach. Backyard birthday parties. Casual evening dinners. Dancing with the fireflies. Embracing the breezes of evening. Vibrating cicadas outside the window. The gotta get nowhere soon realization. Recognizing only where you want to, do you have to, gotta, go.

The song Summertime, really encapsulates the slowed down sentiment of summer. Abbie Mitchell performed the original version, written by George Gershwin for the opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics, by DuBose Heyward, who wrote the novel Porgy. In 1935 the first performance occurred, and over 30,000 covers have been performed since! Now that is some emulation, right there!

Ella Fitzgerald, sings an amazing version of Summertime. She performs a soulful jazz version, pace unhurried. With piano accompaniment that echoes a simplistic melody as the bass chases the lyrics like a scooting bug. Can you just imagine sitting on your porch or patio, in your treehouse, even driving down the road, with Ella’s version haunting your summer evening? Maybe even giving you chills in the temperate night.

Nora Jones does a version, where she not only sings, but also plays an inspired interpretation on the piano. She steps up the pace and boldly improvs without hesitation. Really, it will give you pause, while she takes an extended pause from singing and piano plays her heart out.

So, if you have not already, get those headphones or ear plugs so you can fully immerse yourself in some fine, fine, music. And tell us, please, what version is your favorite? Post a link if you have one:)

Summertime, and the living is easy
fish are jumpin and the cotton is high
one of these mornings youre gonna rise up singing
so hush little baby, don’t you cry
one of these morning your’re gonna rise up singing
then you will spread your wings
and you will take to the sky
but until that morning, nothing can harm you
so hush little baby, don’t you cry