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Many of you will be familiar with the pop hit, "In The Summertime," which topped charts around the world in 1970. It is a light-hearted dance number with a Caribbean feel by a group from England called Mungo Jerry. We've played it in Panorama here and there for years, always as an instrumental. But when we started to think about recording it and looked up the lyrics, we discovered that, unfortunately, the story is pretty uncool towards women. So we came up with something more respectful that also describes that summertime feeling of celebrating life by dancing and playing music.
Our version is set up over a New Orleans "Pocky-Way" drum pattern and makes a nod to Dr. John's reading of "Iko-Iko." There is also a breakdown section in a spooky whole-tone sonority before the reeds take it out back in the original key.
In The Summertime (Updated lyrics by Ben Schenck)
In the summertime when the weather is fine
You can reach right up and you can touch the sky.
When the weather's fine you got livin', you got rhythm on your mind.
Grab a friend, take a drive, go out and see what you can find.
If her daddy's poor take him out for a meal,
If her daddy's rich, shoot, order the veal!
Park along the lake, you can kiss or just discuss philosophy.
Just don't do nothin' for which you might owe an apology.
When the weather's fine, yeah it's party party time,
We like to dance and play while we push the paradigm.
Get some drums and horns, makin' rhythm with some wisdom is the key.
Add a banjo and accordion for that epic auditorium harmony!
from Song-of-the-Month Club: Good Music For You
track released May 1, 2018
Recorded April 19, 2018 at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Panorama Jazz Band:
Ben Schenck - Vocals, Clarinet and Accessory Percussion
Byron Asher - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Accordion
Gary Washington - Tenor Banjo
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drum Set
Written by Ray Dorset (Sony/ATV) and arranged with new lyrics by Ben Schenck (Snack Daddy Music/ASCAP).
Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Cover photo by Greg Miles.
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
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