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In honor of our weather, I've chosen the theme of sunshine for today.
First on the docket we have "Here Comes The Sun" by the George Harrison
"Here Comes the Sun" is a song written by George Harrison that was first released on the Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road. Along with "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", it is one of Harrison's best-known compositions from the Beatles era. The song was written at the country house of his friend Eric Clapton, where Harrison had chosen to play truant for the day, to avoid attending a meeting at the Beatles' Apple Corps organization. The lyrics reflect the composer's relief at both the arrival of spring and the temporary respite he was experiencing from the band's business affairs.
Next up we have "Island In the Sun" by Weezer
"Island in the Sun" is a song by the American rock band Weezer. It is the second single from the band's 2001 self-titled album Weezer. "Island in the Sun" was not originally planned to be on the album, but producer Ric Ocasek fought for its inclusion. It was a successful radio single and perhaps the band's biggest hit ever outside of the United States, reaching No. 31 in the UK and No. 17 in France. In January 2002, the Australian Triple J Hottest 100 ranked the song 7 in its 2001 countdown. "Island in the Sun" is also the most-licensed track in the Weezer catalog. In 2009, Pitchfork Media named it the 495th greatest song of the 2000s.
For our third song today we have "Walking On The Sun" by Smash Mouth
"Walkin' on the Sun" is the debut single by American rock band Smash Mouth, from the album Fush Yu Mang. Released in 1997, it was Smash Mouth's first major single, reaching #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay singles chart.
Our fourth song in today's theme is "Seasons In The Sun" by Terry Jacks
"Seasons in the Sun" is an English-language adaptation of the song "Le Moribond" by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel with lyrics by American singer-poet Rod McKuen. It became a worldwide hit in 1974 for Canadian singer Terry Jacks and became a Christmas Number 1 in 1999 for Westlife. Jacks's version is one of the fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold 10 million copies worldwide.
Last, but certainly not least, our final song for today is "Sunny Afternoon" by The Kinks
"Sunny Afternoon" is a song by The Kinks, written by chief songwriter Ray Davies. The track later featured on the Face to Face album as well as being the title track for their 1967 compilation album. Like its contemporary "Taxman" by The Beatles, the song references the high levels of progressive tax taken by the British Labour government of Harold Wilson. Its strong music hall flavour and lyrical focus was part of a stylistic departure for the band, which had risen to fame in 1964–65 with a series of hard-driving, power-chord rock hits.
If you are so inclined, I do have these songs in playlist format. Click Here for the playlist.
What's your weather like? Are you having sunshine or rain, or possibly even that rare summer snow? Do you have a favorite sunshine song? Tell me all about it... I'd love to know.