Post Festival Blues In Song

The summer is all but gone.

The Southern part of the UK is today caught in the tail end of some tropical storm or other.  It is just after 2PM and I have a the lights on indoors because it is so dark.  I was just contemplating the end of this years music festival season.

Admittedly I have one little grass roots festival still to attend and there are a few one day indoor events to come, but they do not match the feeling of being in a muddy field with good friends, good ale and, who knows maybe even a touch of the sun on your back.

I got to thinking about festival songs and which songs capture the essence of music festivals.  Two immediately sprang to mind.  One is probably the ultimate festival song, the song that immortalises probably the greatest festival ever held.  Woodstock!  The song that captures the ultimate summer of  love.  Check out the original by the wonderful Joni Mitchell and an equally fantastic version by Crosby Still & Nash.  They are very different but equally wonderful.

The third song is by grassroots festival stalwart and all round great bloke Doozer McDooze.  Doozer is one of those artists who really connects with people, he is everyones friend and works incredibly hard to keep a roof over his head, living life his way and spreading a bit of joy wherever he goes.  I love this song.

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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