The Sounds Of Summer- Day 40 of 95. “The Summer Of ’69”- Bryan Adams. I am fairly neutral on Bryan Adams- some songs are OK- some borderline bad and then there is one great song he did- “The Summer of ’69” written by Adams and his long time writing partner Jim Vallance. The single went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985 and the video was all over MTV- back in the day when MTV was Music Television and they showed videos and before the station became an epic dumpster fire.
The song has always taken me back to the summer of ’69 in my mind. I was eight and my family was living on a big farm out in the country. Those were the only two years that I have ever lived out in the country- a town boy I’ve always been before and since. Funny how two people can live the same experience and feel totally different about it. Down the road about a half a mile was a kid who I am still friends with-Gunther. He still talks to this day how he hated living out there in the country- how isolated he felt. But our personalities are totally different. Gunther to this day is restless- he has to be moving- he has to be around other people. Gunther never sits still. I am fine spending the day or week at home. My wife is the same way. Sometimes it feels like a chore to leave the house. Anyway- back in the summer of ’69 with fond memories. Maybe the key was I only lived out there for two years. Maybe If I like Gunther had spent my first 18 years or so out there I would have felt differently.