A Sparkling Vintage Life

summertimeGeorge Gershwin’s haunting Summertime from the 1935 musical Porgy and Bess, performed by the incomparable Leontyne Price in 1968.


Summertime, and the living is easy.
Fish are jumping, and the cotton is high.
Oh, your Daddy’s rich, and your Mama’s good-looking,
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry.

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing.
Then you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky.
Until that morning, there is nothing can harm you
With Daddy and Mama standing by.

Here’s another, more contemporary version sung by jazz musician Norah Jones.