JazzBabies, it’s time for my annual tribute to the season with my all-time favorite summertime tune. I’ve given you John Sebastian and the Lovin’ Spoonful live at a reunion concert the last few years with John lookin’ mighty fine. This year, I’ve got John and the boys live back in 1966 when John looked, well, like a wannabe hippie with his mutton chops and long hair.
I like this version because there’s some wonderful interaction among these young musicians, especially toward the end when some kind of private joke cuts loose. These are the things that make watching live performance so particularly great.
Note to the purists among us: I know this isn’t jazz. But we were all younger then and it’s good to remember and to stay young. And it’s summer. In the city.