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During the month of July or August, I always post a cover for a song that sets my mind at ease, a song that places my soul lounging in ethereal peace, fully immersed in the warmth of summertime. That’s how the music fills my senses. In August 2010, I shared my love for “Cool Change” by Little River Band. In August 2011, I dedicated “Summer Breeze” by Seals & Crofts to my professional mentor, Jef. In July 2012, I covered Eagle’s “Take It Easy” for my song of summer. In July 2013, it was more of a dance in the sand with “Treasure” by Bruno Mars that became a summer song for my entire family.
Where I live, the summer weather has been remarkable. My family and I are enjoying the outdoors as much as we possibly can. We walked many beaches and explored tide pools teeming with life. We hiked through old-growth forests, enjoyed breath-taking views across spectacular saltwater canyons. We rode our bicycles for miles along an impressive seawall and “people watched” along the way. We laughed at air balls not-so-close to the hoop and exclaimed at nothing-but-net shots on the basketball court. My family is enjoying tennis and my wife owns the tennis courts with her consistent serve. We raced on scooters, though the scooters were mostly used for gathering tennis balls all over the courts, a perfectly smooth surface and fun reason to glide on wheels. My children were introduced to the nostalgic fun of Wham-O’s trac-ball and they love it. The outdoors is a playground wonderland that has physically exhausted us and replenished our spirits at the same time. When possible, I also took photos to capture some memories that we will treasure.
The most significant purpose my family intuitively agreed upon this summer was that we needed to slow everything down to a snail’s pace when possible so that we could enjoy quality time as a family and also regain our enthusiasm for the future. I made certain the children chillaxed on piano lessons and curfews. Missing time on the piano and sleeping past 1 a.m. was common. The “downtime” through the late evening was spent with intensified gaming on the MMORPGs for all but my wife.
This summer has been one of nurturing family bonds, especially as my children mature. And, it’s not that we are any less responsive or concerned about our relationships with one another during any other time of the year, but with the unrelenting schedule of responsibilities through every day, the summer has allowed our family to regroup, reprioritize, and revitalize. As with all good things, so must the summer come to a close. The gorgeous, hot summer for 2014, where I live, is winding down. The weather is holding steadily warm, but our leisure time is quickly transitioning towards the scheduled progression of life.
This year, I’m going back to the 70s with my favorite song by Hall & Oates: “Sarah Smile”. I’ve been waiting to post this one for a long time. Thirty eight years ago, “Sara Smile” hit the airwaves and every time I listen to it, I melt into oblivion. In my opinion, the music is ridiculously short in its simplicity. I always want more as the last note dwells. Just as this summer winds down, this season is too short. The simplicity of our family life in the summer time makes me want more because we have created wonderful memories I’d love to continue developing. Don’t get me wrong. Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean we live in the past or leave our values behind, it just means that we’ll have to do our best to keep priorities straight so that, by the time next summer rolls around, we will hopefully need less effort to regroup, reprioritize, and revitalize. I’m hoping as the seasons pass, we’ll keep up with our growth and maintenance and not have to undergo any major overhauls. It’s amazing how simple conversations can make a world of difference.
"Sara Smile" is a song written and recorded by the American musical duo Hall & Oates. It was released in January 1976 as the second single from their album Daryl Hall & John Oates. The song was the group's first Top 10 hit in the US, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100.