This is by far one of my favorite jazz songs. No matter how many times I hear it or sing it, it never gets old. I love those kind of songs–the kind that get you in your soul.
You may never know why. “Summertime” written by George & Ira Gershwin is a simple song written for the novel which turned into a famous opera, “Porgy & Bess.” Nothing particularly deep or special in the lyrics, but the movement of the song is powerful and moving. And I wonder if because the lyrics are so simple, we can all relate to it. Yet there is a message behind the simplicity. It’s funny as I recall the first time I learned this song. I didn’t grow up listening to jazz and had never seen “Porgy & Bess.” Yet trying to find the original versions of a jazz song is tricky and sometimes hard to sort through. I like to hear the original version before hearing the popular versions of it. So, I sorted my way to the original song as it was written for the opera. I gleaned the tune, listened to Ella Fitzgerald’s version and proceeded to sing the song with my own unique style. Without further adieu, I hope you enjoy it and subscribe to my youtube channel for more.