Many of my cherished car memories growing up was listening to the radio while I bounced and slid all over the car seats (it was the 70's, seat belts weren't the law yet) of my Mom's light blue Volvo. Like any kid, I would shout and carry on randomly while I played with my toys. What car could deny the power of Stretch Armstrong! He was unbreakable (until he actually broke which was quite easy to do, then this smelly goo would come out that I think was toxic)!! But while this was going on, the cool soft rock tunes of the 70's would flow through that old Volvo like...like...wait for it...a summer breeze.
Which brings me to the first song, Seals & Crofts "Summer Breeze". Lots of times this song would play with the windows rolled down, the rancid scent of the local Lake in the air (for decades it's smelled like rotting garbage) and for some reason I thought "jasmine in my mind" would cause physical pain. Ah yes, beautiful memories of stinky pain. But it's a great song, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw recently covered it to great effect. So, let's Seal and Croft this bad boy with another round of "Summer's Eve"! No, that's actually "Summer Breeze"!
The second song had to equal the first song in AM brilliance, so there's only one band who can fit the bill: Ambrosia. The awe inspiring David Pack would take his high voiced shaggy headed soft rock to new heights on songs like "Biggest Part of Me" and "How Much I Feel". "Feel" is my favorite of the Ambrosia bunch, a nice cushy piece of harmonious sweet talk for young ladies to cuddle up to on the 45 record player. You know, the kind of record player you could carry around like a suit case until you unlatched it and plugged in. That's what us old folk used to call portable music. IPod? How many transitors can you fit in that? (note-I looked this up after posting, there are transistors in IPods. There are probably transistors in lots of things still, so this just goes to show I know nothing about electronic circuitry).
Both of these clips happened to come from The Midnight Special, an awesome thing in itself. But that's for another time. Until then, turn the antenna towards the southwest to get good reception on Different Strokes, play some electric football and dial for dollars because we're going back to the 70's!
(One more note-I always found it funny that "How Much I Feel" has this part towards the end where the singer says he's married but sometimes sees the face of his old girlfriend during sex. It's supposed to be this 70's sensitive guy and then he says "By the way, I'm married now but still think of you while in bed with my wife." Nice!)
Seals & Croft "Summer Breeze"
Ambrosia "How Much I Feel"