The Remedy

Entertaining August 30th, 2011


Okay, so there have been better, easier summers. The Mississippi River floods kicked things off, and then we were immediately inundated by unbearable heat waves and devastating drought. The stock market crashed—again and again—and Steve Jobs really retired. There was an earthquake where we least expected it, Irene shook up pretty much the whole east coast, and everyone hates pretty much everyone in Washington—with very good reason. Worst of all, Rick Perry will not stop talking.

That’s a lot to make up for in one last blow-out weekend, but we should all make the effort and have some remedial fun. The thing to do is to pour a really tall drink (I especially recommend the Pimm’s Cup from Pete Evans’s book, featured in this week’s Fetch), fire up the grill  (check out the steaks and the corn in the same piece), load up the iPod, and get ready to rock.  Even if you’re going no further than your own back yard, the following songs are guaranteed to get you moving and to transport you to a far, far happier place.

The good news is that though I include it here, the song has it wrong.  It turns out that there is, in fact, a cure for the Summertime Blues.

“Let’s Boogie Woogie,” Eden Brent, Ain’t Got No Troubles

“Someone to Love,” Eden Brent, Ain’t Got No Troubles

“So Damn Good,” Bonnie Raitt with Jon Cleary, Bonnie Raitt and Friends

“More Hipper,” Jon Cleary, Jon Cleary and the Monster Gentlemen

“Drive South,” John Hiatt, Slow Turning

“Feeling Good Again,” Robert Earl Keen, Live at the Ryman

“Ready for Confetti,” Robert Earl Keen, Ready for Confetti

“Somehow,” Joss Stone, LP1

“Picnic for Two (with Dave Stewart),” Joss Stone, LP1

“Summertime Blues,” The Who, Live at Leeds

“Summertime,” Ella Fitzgerald, Porgy and Bess

“Summertime,” Janis Joplin, Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits.

About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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