Summer – who loves you, baby?
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I’m sure I’m not the only one these days wondering what happened to summer. Like a vacation boyfriend, the season swept me off my feet, made me smile, then, had to go.
Complete with a chill in the morning air.
That is life, and seasons change. But it seems like just yesterday I was breaking out my green shorts and favorite flip-flops for a season spent floating on the river and riding my bike in the sunshine. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy rafting, bicycling and sunshine, I just didn’t get enough of it.
Year-round summer is in order.
The summer of 2011 doesn’t quite have the catchy ring to it like Bryan Adams’ song “Summer of ’69.” This summer has been memorable, though, despite the feeling it came into my life as quickly as it headed out.
There is actually a song from the summer that my friend Greg Masse and I composed that screams summer. It’s called “I Got the Opportunity to Go Swimming in the Pool,” and is the next viral sensation, once we make the video. The song title pretty much says it all, especially since the title and the lyrics are one in the same.
This is one of those songs best heard repeatedly to really appreciate.
The song is all about swimming in the pool, and having the opportunity to do so. Swimming is summer, or summer is swimming – depending on how you look at it – so this song is the perfect anthem for the summer of 2011.
This is no infinity pool in Aspen, where it feels like you’re floating on the horizon. This pool is well above ground, and we like it that way. The aboveground pool, aptly named Opportunity Knox, makes for better song lyrics and superb YouTube video potential anyway. We’re thinking big here, like Tosh.0.
It could happen.
“I Got the Opportunity to Go Swimming in the Pool” hasn’t quite brought fame and fortune, but maybe that’s what the fall of 2011 has in store. Technically we have until Labor Day for the season to be officially over, so there is time to make it the big hit of the summer.
The song has been performed live on KDNK and at Marble Fest, so it’s gaining momentum.
The summer has had intense momentum for me, hence the reason it feels as if it flew past as quickly as Michael Phelps’ butterfly stroke.
Without the Internet photo scandal though.
From moving from downtown Glenwood to help planning Solar Energy International’s big 20th Anniversary party, the events of this summer were big. Moving required a serious purge, as I dropped what felt like 1,000 square feet of living space. I even had to call in the top brass of organizational help, my mother, to help this process. Luckily she knows me well.
The summer of 2011 also brought burlesque into my life. The show turned some heads and changed some minds about what burlesque means. Most people initially thought of striptease when the topic of conversation arose, but the show brought humor, sensuality, singing, dancing, hijinx, wit, craftiness and intelligence.
While preparing for the show, we constantly asked ourselves, “What does a feminist look like?” Feminism is defined “a collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women,” according to Wikipedia.
We definitely took the opportunity to make a statement and express our creativity, defending our social right to do so. My answer is a feminist looks like anyone who follows suit.
I think she looks a lot like me.
The summer of 2011 also delivered my favorite Mountain Fair in Carbondale of all. I’ve been attending for eight years, but this was the year that volunteering made all the difference. I recommend giving a helping hand for events like these and others such as Strawberry Days in Glenwood Springs and Marble Fest in, well, Marble. Watching an event go from start to finish, behind the scenes, is an exciting experience. And everyone loves a volunteer.
Just think if we had a year-round summer.
April E. Clark’s thoughts are with fellow Hoosiers in Indianapolis affected by the state fair stage collapse. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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