Elmore James Slides Into Electric Summer

This selection from 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die has me ready for some summertime music festivals.

Now playing: “Dust My Broom”
This song was written by Elmore James, and was released in 1952
Want to take a minute or two and listen to some music with me?

Answer these prompts:

How do you feel when you listen to this song?

I used to travel a lot in the summertime, and saw a whole lot of live music. The sound of the electric slide guitar will always and forever beckon me to grab some ice cream, to find some free space among the crowd, and to just shut up and listen. Mmm.

Did you notice any lyrics during your first few listens of this song?

Ok, so I’m pretty sure “dust my broom” is a euphemism for something pretty unladylike to discuss. Then again, our current pop culture is so infused with whole lifestyles build around one-night stands, this song is pretty tame in comparison. Basically in regards to the lyrics, the subject is a perpetual bachelor, whose “happy home” is the bed he has found to share for the night. That’s about as far into the future as he’s going to think.

What colors or visual images does this song conjure in your imagination?

Total summertime. Festivals. Loudspeakers. Portable bleachers rolled out on grass. Sunshine. Paper fans. And my favorite part: people-watching! There are always those couples who think they look so great when they are dancing. They’re always wrong. I love them for it.

Do you like this song?

Mood-wise, totally yes! But I am also a grown-up, so fair warning: I wouldn’t play this for the kiddies lest the lyrics wind up being recycled in their kindergarten classrooms.

Which part of your life might have this song as a soundtrack?

If I were to go with the total innocent interpretation, I would take the broom part literally, and put this song on during one of my late-night house cleaning sessions.

I hope you enjoyed this selection from 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. And even if you didn’t, I still want to know all about what you thought!

Yours with a new craving for some ice cream,


Source for adventurous listening:
Quintessence. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. New York, NY: Universe Publishing. 2015. Print.

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Ever think about how great it is that we live in a country with so many different ideas and perspectives to explore? They are all there waiting for you–just start with a good book, and see where it takes you!

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