Hartbeat Blog: 'Hot Fun in the Summertime'

10:01 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
  • My feet keep walking back to you.
  • Here comes the sun. A tent can help you.
  • Grass horses near the State Fair Admin Bldg., we'll ride them someday.
  • Follow that shade where that shade will lead you.
  • The roar of the crowd.
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Sylvester Stewart may have slipped away from the music scene and is reportedly living a reclusive lifestyle, but one can't forget his contributions. Just ask the rappers who sample: "I Want to Take You Higher," "Sing a Simple Song," "Everyday People" and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)."

In this long awaited edition of Hartbeat, we will turn the focusing ring and make crisp, "Hot Fun in the Summertime." This song fits the current heat wave that is not led by Martha and the Vandellas and that great cure for the "Summertime Blues," the Minnesota State Fair.

County fair in the country sun

It is a hot time, summer in the city of Falcon Heights during the 2013 Minnesota State Fair, so you will want to keep hydrated and seek out shelter from the storm of humidity. According to Fair officials, one can find air conditioning in the coliseum concourse: the Luminarium inflatable sculpture, the Home Depot building, Crossroad Chapel and the Blue Flame Gas Association. It is hard to believe that one would seek comfort on a steamy day at an exhibit with "Flame" in the name, but if James Brown and The Fabulous Flames were featured at bandshell, we would seek shelter there.

Hi, Hi, Hi, Hi there

"For people who love people," the Great Minnesota Get-Together provides great people watching, but as Sly pointed out "Somebody's Watching You" too, so please be polite in voicing your judgment of other fair goers.

First of the fall and there she goes back

This lyric from "Hot Fun in the Summertime" fits in my popular-culture-free fall mind for the news story that Scott Seroka and I crafted at the Fair on Friday, August 23. The question was, "Does the start of school in Mpls. And elsewhere, before Labor Day impact Fair attendance?" The answer is not blowing in the wind. Please click here.

As an experiment, the stills for this Hartbeat are "freeze frames" pulled from the digital video acquired that day. More about that in the Photo Notes section of this blog.

The Hartbeat goes on...

What's Cooking on the Hartbeat Grill?

Many food items on former parts of tree sticks are basting, broiling, boiling and baking at the Fair, and if you spend too much time in the warmth of the sun you too may become over done.

However, if you require some musical heat, check out the newest release by The Roys, "Gypsy Runway Train'. The high lonesome sound of the brother and sister duo will provide good traveling music as you navigate the many routes to the Minnesota State Fair. Pay special attention to The Roys great version of Merle Haggard's "Rambling Fever" as they stay true to their gospel roots by changing one of the words. There is excellent picking and some bluegrass angst as well on "Gypsy Runaway Train" by The Roys.

Speaking of bluegrass, we caught Mandolin Hotel at the State Fair Bandshell in our quest for content for our story. The band played an outstanding version of "Hey Joe" that closely followed the 1966 Jimi Hendrix rendition.

The Musical Notes

"Hot Fun in the Summertime" was recorded by Sly and the Family Stone in 1969. It was released just after the band's highly successful performance at Woodstock where the fan base of the band greatly increased. The song reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The Photo Notes

The images in this Hartbeat are from freeze frames acquired with a Sony 320 Solid-State Memory Camcorder and recorded on an SD card. The Edius non-linear editing system was used to pull out the individual frames and make them into jpeg files.

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