In December, 1993, I met a man who immediately became my brother. His name is Jef. I’ll never forget the first day we met. As I was introduced to him, during my first professional interview, all I saw was the top of his head. He said ‘hi’. =) That’s all he said. At the time, I thought THAT was the most bizarre greeting. But, that’s exactly what makes Jef one in a trillion. I was so nervous, but that one moment distracted me enough to forget about those nerves and the interview was a success. I became Jef’s colleague for nine years. Jef was my Mentor. Jef became my brother. Our close knit group at RDA enjoyed an incredibly diverse range of music. I left RDA in May of 2002 and, of all of the songs that Jef enjoyed,“Summer Breeze” is the one song that sums up the man who is still my Mentor. Jef’s love for “Summer Breeze”has made the song that much more meaningful for me and I sing it with great fondness because of my brother.
I could make this a lengthy blog, but Jef’s the kinda guy that doesn’t need the words, or the letters. We fondly joke and that’s why, I believe, Jef cuts the last ‘f’ off from Jeff; short and sweet! No pun intended. Ahhhhhhh, just kidding, Bro!
I told you that I’d find the perfect song to dedicate to you, j. I hope you like it, Bro!
"Summer Breeze" is the title of a song written and recorded by Seals and Crofts. Released from the Summer Breeze album, Seals & Crofts' original version reached number six on the U.S. pop singles chart. Bruce Eder of Allmusic referred to it as "one of those relentlessly appealing 1970s harmony-rock anthems," "appropriately ubiquitous on the radio and in the memory". One of the distinctive backing instruments on Summer Breeze is a child's toy piano. The single reached #6 (pop) and #4 (easy listening) on the U.S. Billboard charts in autumn 1972.