Who Loves the Sun

Happy Friday, friends!

Who loves the sun? I do… though it was almost mostly absent for my 68-kilometre (42-mile) bike ride south of Winnipeg to Saint-Adolphe this morning. When I set out, the temperature was 21°/28°C humidex (69.8°/82.4°F) but was up to 27°/38°C humidex (80.6°/100.4°F) by the time I returned. I was wearing a recently-acquired Craft Coolmax base layer under my jersey. I bought it because it’s supposed to keep one cool during warm weather exercise, and it worked really well, as promised; the thin fabric was saturated and I was pretty comfortable.

It is too hot to be outside this afternoon, though; thank goodness for a cool home. This is the type of weather that can be dangerous for those living in homelessness or in places without refuge from the oppressive heat.

This morning, the cloudy sky looked like it could get stormy, but I was close enough to shelter if a weather watch or warning popped up on the Garmin bike computer. But nothing came. It was a great ride… and a moderate and helpful tailwind on the way home.

The Velvet Underground, who recorded today’s selection, was founded in 1964 by Lou Reed (composer of the song), John Cale, Angus MacLise and Sterling Morrison. I am not very familiar with the band; I only got to know Lou Reed’s music after he left the band and led a solo career, which he continued until he died in 2013.

One of my brothers, the one whose basement suite and parties I’ve mentioned before, introduced me to Reed’s songs.

The song “Who Loves the Sun,” from the band’s 1970 record, Loaded, played on last weekend’s “Getting Back to Normal-ish” episode of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC 6 Music. For a while, I feared that the episode title indicated a return to the pre-COVID one-hour time slot… but so far, we’re still getting three delightful hours of Garvey. Brilliant.

“Who Loves the Sun” is a great summertime song, perfect for a hot day like today. Some feel the vocal sounds a bit like George Harrison; I don’t get that, though it does remind me a little of The Beatles’ “I’ll Follow the Sun.” 

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy. 

And enjoy your weekend! If you’re in Manitoba like me, stay cool… tomorrow will be another hot one.

Here’s the official audio for the song from The Velvet Underground YouTube (topic) channel

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