We did manage to make it out briefly to the Sunset Grill in Niagara Falls for brunch before coming home and napping again.
Anyway, I’m getting things ready for my return to work tomorrow before heading out for a quick bike with the Port Colborne Novice Riding Club, and on the turntable is this ‘Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer‘ record by Nat King Cole.
This was an obvious ¢0.25 Goodwill Hunting find that has been sitting in the “To Get To” pile of records for a while now and, yup … today is that day!
This album cover kind of cracks me up in that it portrays whiter-than-white people doing particularly white things at the beach and, yet, the album is by Nat King Cole … and Afro-American who likely wouldn’t have been allowed on the beach back in 1963, much less feel compelled to sing about it.
Just sayin’ …
Anyway, the Top 10 success of Cole’s spring 1963 single ‘Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer‘ sent him into the studio to record a complementary LP of songs that either dated back to the turn of the century or sounded like they did.
Working with a big chorus and an orchestra that included such old-fashioned instruments as the banjo, arranger/conductor Ralph Carmichael accompanied Cole on period songs like ‘After the Ball Is Over‘ and ‘In the Good Old Summertime’.
In addition to its nostalgic appeal, of course, the music had much of the flavor of one of Mitch Miller‘s singalong bullshit records. Certainly, It wasn’t one of Cole’s more inspired efforts, but he took to the concept with enthusiasm and produced a disc full of catchy, lighthearted performances in the same mood as the hit single.
In other words, you might expect that it is largely going to suck, right?
The thing is … it doesn’t.
Like, at all!
In fact — dare I say it — it’s a pretty fun fucking listen actually given that our only inclination to actually “enjoy summer” currently this afternoon, despite it being the near perfect summer day outside, is to spend it in our darkened bedrooms with an osculating fan blowing it’s cool life force over us.