I take the train every day now, past river rocks and greenery, great old outcroppings of stately building and ones that didn't fare so well over the span of time. I could be anywhere in the country where there is a railroad and a river, but it is NYC, and it is home. I show friends that come to visit pictures of where I live and they are incredulous that that vista portrayed is that of the big bad city. My first summer back up north has been thankfully temperate, easy on the skin, and lush to look at. We have been blessed this year. I feel for you if you live in a part of the country that has had the challenges of wild fires, floods and drought. I have lived those topsy-turvy, scary seasons too, and I, and the rest of the Music Fog crew, wish you a return to normalcy as fast as possible.
Of course being home, the landscape is ripe with the ghosts of seasons past. They bombard me at their own pace, and you never know what sight or smell might uncover a lurking memory. Of coming of age, of loves and job changes and of all the people who have come and gone. It’s time for your recollections to come forth, as today’s song captures the essence of young summer love. It is “Yesterday (Circa Summer 80 Somethin’)” from Cory Branan, a scintillating performer who has the capability to capture the moment and to hold you fixed in his gaze. This is a tune that can be found on his Mutt album, but here is the Music Fog recording of it from the 2012 Music Fog Marathon during SXSW in Austin. BTW, that was the last time Music Fog ventured out for a session.