A Song for a Summer Time like Few Others We Have Collectively Lived Through

‘It’s summer
Summer time is here
Yes it’s summer
My time of year.’

– lyrics from the song ‘Summer’ by the great funk band War

A Brief Summer Time Note from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted June 28th, 2020

COVID-19 has not stopped these roses from growing in my backyard. photo by Doug Draper

So how are all of you doing in these post-apocalytic times?

Funny how you can sit outside like I am now, with green grass and gardens, and birds singing in the trees, and it seems like the kind of summer day you may have some fond memories of, just one year.

Then you suddenly remember that this summer we have this microscopic virus out there that can make us very ill or even kill us, and those first days of summer in June of 2019 now seem like decades ago.

More very nice flowers still blooming in my backyard. Does anyone out there know what they are? Doug Draper

Yet there are still some great old post-pandemic summer songs that work for me, and I hope they work for you because songs have a magical way of helping people through difficult times.

One such song is a soft, soulful ballad I posted here last year on the first day of summer, 2019. It is a hot American soul/funk group called War that made it big in the 1970s with songs, still so relevant to the Black Lives Matter times we are living in now, like ‘Slippin’ Into Darkness, ‘The World is a Ghetto’ and ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?’.

This song is simply and very aptly called ‘Summer’, and you can listen to it now by clicking on the screen immediately below, and raising a peace sign for ‘Black Lives Matter’ while you are at it –


Stay tune for more summer time songs on Niagara At Large in the days and weeks ahead.

One of the first days of summer, 2020 at Lakeside Park beach in Port Dalhousie in St. Catharines, Niagara. I saw people enjoying themselves while doing a good job of social distancing. You please stay safe too, and do the best you can to have a nice, peaceful summer. Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

2 responses to “A Song for a Summer Time like Few Others We Have Collectively Lived Through

  1. Linda McKellar

    Wild rose.


  2. Thanks, Doug. What a wonderful break from the stresses brought on by the virus blues. I confess; I’ve never heard of the group nor the tune until now. Yet, it is timely and seems to belong to now as I am sure it did when first recorded. You picked a good moment to share this one.


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