Letters: Summer Songs Listeners respond to the series about favorite summer songs, and Melissa Block offers a correction to the report on the unresolved Minnesota Senate race.
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Letters: Summer Songs

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Now to your letters, and we begin with a correction to our story about the unresolved Minnesota Senate race between former Senator Norm Coleman and Al Franken. We said Coleman had taken a job with National Jewish Democratic Council that was incorrect. He's actually an advisor to the Republican Jewish Coalition. On a different note…

(Soundbite of song, "Brandy")

LOOKING GLASS (Group): (Singing) Dooda-dit-dooda. Dit-dooda-dit-dooda. There's a port on a western bay…

BLOCK: Yesterday we kicked off our series about favorite summer songs with this classic, "Brandy," by the band Looking Glass. That was singer and song writer Todd Snider's pick and it both surprised and delighted Rob Faign(ph) of Rochester, New York. He writes, when your summer song series debuted Thursday, I expected the first guest to talk that some esoteric song. Some jazz number, or probably something at "Porgy and Bess." I had no hope that a pop song would be chosen. You cannot begin to imagine the elation and thrill I experienced when the word Brandy came out of his mouth.

I was thinking at that very second, that very moment: my favorite summer song is "Brandy," summer of '72. Mr. Faign remembers the song this way: a warm summer night upstate New York lush and green and humid, 12 years old and "Brandy" coming out at the AM Radio - the days when you pull up to a light and the other cars would be tuned to the same pop station, windows rolled down.

(Soundbite of song, "Brandy")

LOOKING GLASS (Group): (Singing) She hears him say Brandy, you're a fine girl -you're a fine girl. What a good wife…

BLOCK: And our request for songs that signify summer got Elizabeth Hanley(ph) of Corning, New York thinking, she suggested this.

(Soundbite of song, "Hot Fun in the Summertime")

BLOCK: Hanley says "Hot Fun in the Summertime" from Sly and the Family Stone, brings that memories for her of sitting on East River Drive or in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, grills and radios all blasting in the quintessential summer mugginess that is Philly, people of every age and type singing and dancing with Sly.

(Soundbite of song, "Hot Fun in the Summertime")

BLOCK: Well fill out that playlist for muggy nights as the summer continues. Keep writing us at npr.org, click on Contact Us at the top of the page.

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