The above video is a very interesting interpretation of the classic song by American composer George Gershwin, written in 1933, called “Summertime,” a major part of the operetta Porgy and Bess. This particular cover of the song is performed by Diego Laverde Rojas on the Latin Harp and Olav Plotz on percussion. It was recorded in spring 2015 in, I believe, Itzehoe, Germany.
“Summertime” is one of my favorite songs. It’s frequently on my mind this time of year, early to mid June, as the weather grows warm and the yield of the fields and rivers–fish, corn, potatoes, meat, and wine–reaches our tables and reminds us of how wonderful it is to be human. I’ve made a conscious decision to make this summer a great one, full of literature, wine, food, family and love as well as learning, writing and history. Thus, “Summertime” has greater meaning for me this year, 2015, than it usually does.
I know Olav Plotz personally. He is the uncle of my good friend Karl, who lives in northern Germany and who featured prominently in my series of articles last summer about the Wacken Open Air festival. Music runs in the family, because Karl is the guy behind the one-man band Rekator, and whose musical stuff may also grace some of my articles this summer. His uncle, as you’ll see from this video, is quite talented. I’m happy to showcase his stuff on my blog.
This song makes you want to pop the cork on a nice bottle of wine, and enjoy the good evening weather! There will be plenty of that this summer, I hope. Enjoy!