It was one of the first days of summer break. The kids had just gotten out of school. It was a beautiful day, I was having coffee in my front room looking out over fresh mowed lawn and strumming my guitar. We already started packing for a trip up to the lake and planning to hang there for several days. As the song goes, "Load up the truck, head to the lake, y'all hurry up 'cause I just can't wait", I was literally just saying what we were doing and within a few mins had written the first verse and chorus. My kids were still watching TV (3 and 6 yrs old maybe) and came running in and started dancing everywhere while I was playing, something they never did. Well, I finished the only part I had written and stopped. They asked why and I said, "Well, that's all I've written." They sighed and went back to watching TV. I thought, "I've got them hooked and dancing with one verse and a chorus, I better finish this one." So, I did. It's a bit corny, but it's as real as it gets. It's just a gritty ditty about how I grew up living on a modest middle class family income. We didn't do expensive vacations or alot of fine dining, we water-skiied, fished, camped and ate off a fire or portable grill. At home, we do alot of grilling and just playing outside. It's cheap and you're getting to spend time with your people. It doesn't get much better than that, right?!
I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it. You'll have to also watch the video my friend, Rob Thacker, and I shot. It's worth 3 minutes of your time, I think. I used the best (and cheapest actors/actresses I know), my family. I did that to keep it real. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think!
p.s. This song was made into a country line dance by a lady in Dallas, best I can tell. It is HUGE in Europe, not joking. I don't dance, but I'm glad some folks do! If you have nothing better to do or want to learn this dance, go to YouTube and search "Big City Summertime Line Dance", you'll get plenty of entertainment.
"Summertime" click the download button below.
"Summertime" Official Video
Be good! And look out for your next song soon!