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welcome summer 2012: what my summer sounds like

June 20, 2012

Today, June 20, we welcome summer! The seasons have long been a source of inspiration for composers. From Vivaldi to Piazzolla, many have attempted to manifest the life of each interval into concertos and tangos alike. Similarly, every person has music that reminds them of summer or evokes the essence of this season.


As a classical guitar player and lover, my summer sounds like the warm crackle in the 100-year-old recordings of Andres Segovia, the grandfather of classical guitar. It also sounds like Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and his teacher, Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes which, though I’m certainly not ready for summer to end, I very much look forward to hearing in LACO’s upcoming season.



My summer sounds like the various bands that I will see in concert over these next few months, bossa nova tunes that I studied and performed several summers ago, as well as songs that capture the feeling of California. I’ve just moved back from New York and am still reveling in everything this city has to offer. There are several songs that I can hear anywhere or anyplace that will create a visceral feeling of summer and recollections of very specific instances that could have occurred many summers ago. The power of music to capture an essence and to recall moments is obvious. What I am not sure about is whether the summer season inspires the music I listen to, or the music inspires and creates my essence of summer.

This is what my summer sounds like:

Vashti Bunyan, Here Before

Astrud Gilberto, Berimbau

Joni Mitchell, California

Sufjan Stevens, Futile Devices

Nick Drake, Pink Moon

The Velvet Underground, Sunday Morning

Daniel Rossen, Up On High

Adanowsky, Si Aun Quieres

The Beatles, I Feel Fine

Andrew Bird, Masterswarm

Andres Segovia plays Moreno Torroba’s Suite Castellana

Andres Segovia plays Villa-Lobos’ Prelude No. 1 in E minor

Andres Segovia plays Bach’s Prelude Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007

Andres Segovia plays Sor’s Theme & Variations On a Theme from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Op. 9

Andres Segovia plays Chopin’s Prelude in A major, Op. 28

What does your summer sound like?

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