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Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water’s warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin
I don’t recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air
Then Labor day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin
“Summer Skin” – Death Cab for Cutie
Summer Lovin’. Endless Summer. Summer of ’69. Boys of Summer. Girls in Their Summer Clothes. There are thousands of reasons musicians write about the lure of a carefree summer. Then we begin to resist fall’s steady pull with all the strength we can summon. Yet here we are post-Labor Day, back to school and filled with melancholy. For our first Great River Radio “Confluence” segment, we will try to capture some of the palpable feelings that arrive with the end of summer. The catalogue is rife with good tunes for this theme as you’ll hear from Buffalo Tom, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone. What’s your favorite end-of-summer tune? Let us know, and we’ll try to sneak the request in during the show.
We’ll also kick off season four of Great River Radio by catching up with music you may have missed over the summer. With new song and CD releases by Radiohead, Brother Ali, Why?, Joe Henry, the Dirty Projectors, Holly Williams, the Believers, Avett Brothers, Imogen Heap and many others, there will be plenty to choose from.
Join us today for the first live Great River Radio broadcast of the season. As always, we sift through the scrap heaps of music to bring some of the best new and lasting music to your desktop.
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And just a reminder to send us some topics for upcoming “Confluence” themes. You suggest a mini-theme, and we find the tunes to match the mood. Feel free to challenge us – our brains could use the exercise.
Drops in the River-Fleet Foxes
Harry Patch (In Memory Of)-Radiohead
How High the Moon-Les Paul and Mary Ford
Higher Ground-The Believers
Eden Was a Garden-Roman Candle
Summer Skin-Death Cab For Cutie
The Last Rose of Summer-Nina Simone
Summer Days-Bob Dylan
Too Much Time-John Vanderslice
Frank, AB-The Rural Alberta Advantage
This Blackest Purse-Why?
I and Love and You-The Avett Brothers
Three Days in Bed-Holly Williams
Doomsday-Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Here Comes A Regular-The Replacements (request)
Our Shangri-La-Mark Knopfler (request)
Runaway-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Man I Keep Hid-Joe Henry
My Maudlin Career-Camera Obscura
Wait It Out-Imogen Heap
Coal War-Joshua James
Highway Song-What Bird
The Field-Mason Jennings