Although the month of May tends to be one of the most hectic months of the year for me (end-of-year school programs for the kids, spring cleaning, garden planting, friends and relatives getting married, etc.), it is also arguably my favorite month.
This is probably due to the fact that no time of year was sweeter for me growing up than the last days of school before summer break. You remember those days, don’t you? Testing is wrapping up, projects are done and in, most of the serious stuff is over. It’s around this time of year that the world seems to let out a sigh of relief. Life in May– even for us hard working, child rearing, mortgage paying adults– seems a little like a Beach Boys tune.
So for those of you who, like me, are stuck in some basement cubicle preparing TPS reports while nature is awakening outside, I’m going to post vids of some of my favorite summer tunes every week.
First up is Mr. Jack Johnson with a song whose vibe screams ‘summer’ even though its lyrics are fairly depressing. That’s Jack’s magic- only he can take lyrics about politics and fish being poisoned and wrap them into a musical package that gives you the uncontrollable urge to go out and buy a surf board.
This is one of Jack’s early music videos, and I love it 1) because Ben Stiller is in it, and 2) because it shows Jack’s humble, extremely shy personality. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Taylor: