In the Summertime

My recent reminiscence about the summer of 1971 apparently put me into full recollection mode. I was suddenly adrift in a stream of memories, many of them (not surprisingly) musical. That’s because, while I was discovering the blues in a very deep way that summer, I was also awash in pop-radio fare. As a result, I’ll forever link many songs to that summer. But these are the real standouts:

Since those days seem so long ago, feel so much freer and happier, and were so relatively unencumbered compared to the world of today and its myriad troubles (notwithstanding the Vietnam war and the fact that I was a year shy of potential draft eligibility), I was inspired to create this video:

Is it going to change the world? Certainly not. Is it going to take us back to a (seemingly) more peaceful time? Nope. Might it make one person feel better, at least momentarily? I hope so.

These days, especially, you have to take your respites where you can find them.

Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.


    • Darlene, I met my friend, George Stanley, in the summer of 1971. Believe it or not, he, too, was a fan of the Siegel Schwall Blues Band. I don’t think I’d heard their name since. All the rest were definitely on my list, as well.

      In the mid-‘90s, I wrote reviews for a now-defunct website call NYCD Blues. I reviewed somewhere between 120 and 150 blues CDs, all of which are now parts of my collection.

      I’ve never met your husband, but I like him already. 😉

      Thank you for your comments.