Aug 16, 2018
It's past the midpoint in summer in New England, so why not some summer themed music for what we can only hope will be lazy, hot days? Today is August 16th, the feast day of Saint Roch, the patron saint of Dogs, so why not celebrate the "Dog Days"?
The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog), as well as the brightest star in the night sky. The term "Dog Days" was used earlier by the Greeks in Aristotle's Physics.
The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise, which is no longer true, owing to procession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog (Apologies to Angus and Hamish, my two miniature dachshunds!) at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.
I've done six previous Dog Day postings, Podcast 292, Podcast 225, Podcast 442, Podcast 492 , Podcast 546 and Podcast 588. if you'd like some more summer-themed music. There's a few repeats between these posts, but what the hey. It’s all grooving or relaxing music for soaking in those wonderful warming rays. As they sat on Game of Thrones, "Winter is Coming", so let's grab all the warmth we can get.
Music for Podcast 632 includes:
Frank Sinatra - "Something Wonderful Happens in Summer"
Joe Pass - "Summer Night"
Jimmy Greene - "Last Summer"
Hubert Laws - "Summer of '75"
John Klemmer - "Summer Song"
Jonathan Butler - "100 Degrees South"
Jimmy Smith - "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
Kenny Burrell & Grover Washington Jr. - "Summertime"
Jim Hall & the David Matthews Orchestra - "Summerwaltz"
Joshua Redman-Pat Metheny Quartet featuring Joe Sample - "St. Thomas"
Joe Sanders - "The Things We Did Last Summer"