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Music on Monday #8 … Summer Breeze

Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom.
July is dressed up and playing her tune

Songs of Summer continues today with the beautiful
SUMMER BREEZE by SEALS & CROFTS

1275765743_51l0iwtdpgl._ss500_SUMMER BREEZE reached number six on the US pop singles chart. Bruce Eder of Allmusic referred to it as “one of those relentlessly appealing 1970s harmony-rock anthems,” and “appropriately ubiquitous on the radio and in the memory”. One of the distinctive backing instruments on “Summer Breeze” is a child’s toy piano. The single reached #6 pop, #4 easy listening on the U.S. Billboard charts in autumn 1972.
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_Breeze_%28song%29)

More later about the careers of Seals & Crofts after this classic video:

Music always makes me remember what I have loved…

Y’know when you hear old songs that you used to listen to (and maybe still do) and they take you right back to the time when you first heard them? And then again, you know those old songs that received a lot of radio play and were popular with a lot of people, but you never really paid much attention to them? Then years later you realize you really do know the whole song and even though you didn’t THINK you were a fan, the song stirs up memories of being back in the day and you realize that it plays into your memories more than you thought? This is how I feel about SUMMER BREEZE and Seals & Crofts.

When this tune was on the charts back in 1972 I guess I thought I was a little too hip for Soft Rock and didn’t really pay much attention to the music or this duo. This is a well-written little article (complete with more video) by Richard Metzger. Part of it sort of explains my take on it > http://dangerousminds.net/comments/whatever_happened_to_seals_crofts

Fast forward 42 years. I realize how much I actually absorbed the music of Seals & Crofts and admit a new found respect for it. Now I can actually say I love their music. *gasp* While watching the video I was thinking how difficult this song might be to sing well for many vocalists. Such control. Anyway, when I hear certain old songs on the radio (or when they magically, realistically start looping in my mind), I’m taken back to a place and time so many years ago. A feeling of nostalgia washes over me. It’s more like looking at a gauzy painting  of life back then rather than a clear, precise memory – my senses recall only the good vibes of a moment in time. I think when this happens it’s because of LOVE. Music always makes me remember what I have loved…

See the curtains hangin’ in the window, in the evenin’ on a Friday night
A little light a-shinin’ through the window, lets me know everything is alright
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
See the paper layin’ in the sidewalk, a little music from the house next door
So I walked on up to the doorstep, through the screen and across the floor
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom. July is dressed up and playing her tune
And I come home from a hard day’s work, and you’re waiting there, not a care in the world
See the smile a-waitin’ in the kitchen, food cookin’ and the plates for two
See the arms that reach out to hold me, in the evening when the day is through
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
 Writer/s: SCHMIDT, REGINE
Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics Licensed and Provided By LyricFind

“… we try to create images, impressions and trains of thought in the minds of our listeners”

     Seals & Crofts bring about feelings of contentment and harmony in this song, which is a feel-good classic about enjoying some simple pleasures in life with the ones you love. Jim Seals explained in 1972: “We operate on a different level, we try to create images, impressions and trains of thought in the minds of our listeners.”
Devoted to the Baha’i faith,  Seals & Crofts believed that by writing about life itself, many meanings would emerge for the listener. In 1975, Seals told Melody Maker that “Summer Breeze” was “A very simple song about a man coming home from work and hearing the dog barking and things like that, and to a lot of people the song’s about looking for security. Our meaning goes further than that, for a prison can be the prison of self and a person can become insecure and paranoid if he doesn’t have a direction in his personal life.
(source: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=824)

seals-crofts-get-closer-283643Other  Seals & Crofts songs you know by heart …
Diamond Girl, I’ll Play For You,
We May Never Pass This Way Again,

and Get Closer

Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were both born in Texas. They first met when Crofts was a drummer for a local band. Later, Seals joined a band called Dean Beard and the Crew Cuts where he played guitar; later on Crofts joined the band. With Beard, they moved to L.A. to join The Champs, but the two did so only after the group’s “Tequila” reached #1 in 1958. Seals also spent time during 1959 in the touring band of Eddie Cochran.

In 1963, Jimmy Seals, Dash Crofts, Glen Campbell, and Jerry Cole left The Champs to form a band named “Glen Campbell and the GCs”. The band only lasted a couple of years before the members went their separate ways. Crofts returned to Texas and Seals joined a band named The Dawnbreakers (a reference to a book by the same name about the beginnings of the Baha’i Faith). Crofts eventually returned to California to join The Dawnbreakers. However, this turned out to be unsuccessful. Crofts married fellow Dawnbreaker Billie Lee Day in 1969, and both Seals and Crofts were introduced to and became members of the Bahá’í Faith.

After the failure with The Dawnbreakers, the two decided to play as a duo, with Seals on guitar, saxophone and violin, and Crofts on guitar and mandolin. The pair released three albums before their fourth, Summer Breeze, charted at No. 7 in 1972. This one went gold, selling over one million copies.

The duo played at the California Jam festival in Ontario, California, on April 6, 1974. Attracting over 200,000 fans, the concert put them alongside ’70s acts such as Black Sabbath, Eagles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire, Black Oak Arkansas, and Rare Earth. Portions of the show were telecast on ABC Television in the US, exposing the duo to a wider audience.

After a long and successful run of recordings in the 1970s, the two lost their contract with Warner Brothers in 1980 and decided to set aside music for a while. They held a short reunion tour in 1991–1992 and appeared at several Bahá’í gatherings. Crofts lived in Mexico, Australia and then Nashville, Tennessee, playing country music. Seals moved to Costa Rica and has lived on a coffee farm off and on since 1980, as well as in Nashville. Crofts currently resides on a ranch in the Texas hill country.

In 1991, Seals and Crofts reunited and performed until disbanding again a year later. In 2004, they reunited again and recorded their first new album since 1980, released as Traces.

In 2011, the bandmates’ daughters Juliet Seals and Amelia Crofts, along with Genevieve Dozier, daughter of Seals & Crofts engineer Joey Bogan, formed a musical trio called The Humming Birds. They released their EP The Humming Birds in September 2012.

Jim Seals is the brother of “England” Dan Seals, of “England Dan and John Ford Coley“, and later a well known country music star. Sadly, Dan Seals died of cancer in 2009. At the time of his death, Dan and Jim Seals had been working on an album together. The status of those recordings is unknown.

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Jim Seals & Dash Crofts

See the curtains hangin’ in the window, in the evenin’ on a Friday night
A little light a-shinin’ through the window, lets me know everything is alright

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind…

 (*choke* … so beautiful ♥)
Share with me – what songs take you back to a summer you loved?


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No copyright infringement is intended.

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