the summer air

Mike & Linda Coates

Classical guitar forms the foundation of the recordings released by the Mike & Linda Coates duo throughout the past three years. The music we love spans four centuries, bridging the classical and pop worlds. We place classical art song and traditional orchestral repertoire side by side with our era's finest pop songs, treating them all with equal respect and affection, united by guitar-centered acoustic arrangement, vocal variety and pristine production.

The Summer Air completes our four-CD seasonal set. Each album not only features music related to the seasons as its thematic focus but also as a unifying musical style. Fall in Love is unabashedly romantic, with music from the Romantic period of music history including pieces by Schubert, Chopin and Liszt, alongside ballads by Procol Harum and the Beatles. An Early Spring has a fresh, sprightly Renaissance flavor with madrigals, Elizabethan lute songs, and an instrumental dance from the 1500s, plus songs by King Crimson and the Beatles. Winter's Night is the most traditional of the set with Classical and Baroque favorites by Schubert, JS Bach and Vivaldi, some traditional carols, as well as lesser-known songs such as Michael Head's Slumber Song of the Madonna and Manuel de Falla's Nana, closing with Emerson, Lake & Palmer's wry and poignant I Believe in Father Christmas.

The Summer Air has the most contemporary feel of all four albums. Summer lends itself to lighter fare, thus the extended selection of luscious pop songs forming the Voices of Summer medley featuring some of our favorite female vocalists. Choosing these songs was an unexpected challenge-it was difficult to find summer pop songs which weren't hopelessly banal, yet captured the feel of summer (from early June days to the last lingering moments) with musical integrity. We found ourselves looking beyond our customary art-rock groups to include gems from the Doors and Steely Dan to The Lovin' Spoonful and the Rascals.

Several songs have a jazz flavor, particularly Michel Legrand's delicate The Summer Knows. Classical Contemporary repertoire is represen-ted by the Debussy-Orff suite as well as a humorous piece written by Mike, The Bar by the Side of the Road, which utilizes the 12-tone compositional technique in which each of the twelve pitches of the chromatic scale is used once in a particular order ("row") before any pitch is repeated. The song which opens the album, The Summer Air, continues our Coates tradition of including at least one original song and takes a decidedly contemporary side trip in the evocative guitar solo! The lyrics are a reminiscence of one of those intense yet bewilderingly fleeting summer flings...

liner notes by Linda Coates

 

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song list


1. The Summer Air
music by Mike Coates
words by Linda Coates

The summer air
Is sweet and motionless
The summer air
Its heat is pressed in stillness
Stirring, then dancing
With quickening breath
Spinning in sunblinded fantasies

But the summer air at night
It cools the heat of day
Gently drifts through the moonlight
Shivers and is gone...

The summer air
Lies heavy on my face
The summer air
It fills the space between us
Burning and crackling
With unspoken need
Swirling, filling the sky with storms

The summer air tonight
It cools the heat of day
Gently drifts through the moonlight
Shivers and is gone...

guitar summer storm

The summer air tonight
It cools the heat of day
Gently drifts through the moonlight
Clears my fevered dreams and longings
Shivers and is gone...

vocals: Linda Coates, Rick Lindquist
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates
percussion: Tom Christianson
whistling: Jeff Nelson



2. Sun King
John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Here comes the Sun King
Here comes the Sun King
Everybody's laughing
Everybody's happy
Here comes the Sun King
nonsense Spanish/Italian/English

vocals: Linda Coates
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates
percussion: Tom Christianson



3. A Beautiful Morning
Felix Cavaliere & Eddie Brigati

It's a beautiful morning
I think I'll go outside for a while
(and just smile)
Just diggin' some clean fresh air for
(no sense in stayin' inside)
If the weather's fine and you've got the time
It's your chance to wake up and plan
Another brand new day (lead the way)

It's a beautiful morning
Each bird keeps singin' his own song (so long)
I've got to be on my way now
(no fun just hangin' around)
I've got to cover ground
You couldn't keep me down
It just ain't no good if the sun shines
And you're still inside (shouldn't hide)...

There will be children with
robins and flowers
Sunshine caresses each
new waking hour

Seems to me that people keep seein'
More and more each day
(gotta say) lead the way (it's ok)
Every day you got to say it's ok

vocals: Deb Jenkins
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates
percussion: Tom Christianson
backing vocals: Linda Coates

 

4. Blackbird
John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird, fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

vocals: Linda Coates
guitar: Mike Coates

 

5. Hot Fun in the Summertime
Sylvester Stewart

End of the spring and here he comes back
Hi, hi hi hi there
Those summer days
That's when I had most of my fun back
Hi, hi hi hi there
Those summer days
I play around when I want to
Out of school
County fair in the country side
And everything is cool
Hot fun in the summertime

First day of fall and then he goes back
Bye, bye bye bye there
Those summer days...

vocals: Lisa Briggs, Linda Coates, Deb Jenkins,
Sarah Morrau, Brenda Weiler
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates

 

6. Summer in the City
John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian & Steve Boone

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck gettin' dirty and gritty
Bend down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people lookin' half dead
Walkin' on the sidewalk, hotter than a matchhead

But at night it's a different world
Boy, go out and find a girl
Come on, come on and dance all night
Just bide the heat, it'll be all right
And babe, don't you know it's a pity
The days can't be like the nights
In the summer in the city
In the summer in the city

Cool town, evening in the city
Dressed so fine and lookin' oh so pretty
Cool cats, sexy lookin' kitties
Gonna look in every corner of the city
'Til I'm wheezin' like a bus stop
Runnin' upstairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop

Chorus

vocals: Deb Jenkins
guitar: Mike Coates

 

7. Summer Breeze
James Seals & Dash Crofts

See the curtain hangin' in the window
In the evening on a Friday night
A little light a-shinin' through the window
Lets me know everything's all right

Summer breeze makes me feel fine
Blowin' through the jasmine in my mind...

See the paper layin' on the sidewalk
A little music from the house next door
So I walk on up to the door step
Through the screen and across the floor

Chorus

vocals: Sarah Morrau
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates
backing vocals & recorder: Linda Coates

 

8. Summer's Almost Gone
The Doors

Summer's almost gone
Summer's almost gone
Almost gone,
Yeah, it's almost gone
Where will we be when the summer's gone

Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night we swim the laughing sea
When summer's gone
Where will we be?

vocals: Brenda Weiler
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates
piano: Linda Coates
percussion: Tom Christianson

 

9. Aja
Walter Becker & Donald Fagen

Up on the hill, people never stare
They just don't care
Chinese music under banyan trees
Here at the dude ranch above the sea
Aja, when all my dime dancing is through
I run to you

Up on the hill, they've got time to burn
There's no return
Double helix in the sky tonight
Throw out the hardware, let's do it right
Aja, when all my dime dancing is through
I run to you

vocals & keyboards: Linda Coates
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates
percussion: Tom Christianson

 

10. Indian Summer
Jim Morrison & Robbie Krieger

I love you the best
Better than all the rest
That I meet in the summer
Indian summer

vocals: Brenda Weiler
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates
percussion: Tom Christianson

 

11. Suite: A Faun on the Lawn
arranged by Mike Coates

A fantasy based on excerpts of "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) and "On the Lawn: Dance" from Carmina burana by Carl Orff (1895 - 1982)

flute: Debora Harris
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates

 

12. The Summer Knows
(Theme from "Summer of '42")
music by Michel Legrand
words by Alan & Marilyn Bergman
arranged by Mike Coates

The summer smiles, the summer knows
And unashamed she sheds her clothes
The summer smooths the restless sky
And lovingly she warms the sand on which you lie

The summer knows, the summer's wise
She sees the doubts within your eyes
And so she takes her summer time
Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger
Wraps the world 'round her summer finger
Lets you see the wonder of it all

And if you've learned your lesson well
There's little more for her to tell...
One last caress, it's time to dress for fall.

vocals: Linda Coates
guitar & keyboards: Mike Coates

 

13. The Bar by the Side of the Road
music by Mike Coates
words by Robert E. Howard (excerpt)
© 1972 by Glenn Lord for The Howard Collector

There are liquorless souls that follow paths
Where whiskey never ran -
Let me live in a bar by the side of the road
And drink from the old beer can.

vocals: Linda Coates
guitar: Mike Coates

 

14. The Last Rose of Summer
traditional Irish
arranged by Linda Coates

45-second sound clip

'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone
All her lovely companions are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred, no rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes or give sigh for sigh.

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one, to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep, thou, with them;
Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o'er thy bed
Where thy mates of the garden lie senseless and dead.

So soon may I follow when friendships decay
And from love's shining circle the gems drop away
When true hearts lie withered and fond ones are flown
Oh, who would inhabit this bleak world alone?

vocals & keyboard: Linda Coates
guitar: Mike Coates
violin: Jane Linde Capistran

 

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