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posted Aug 13, 2015, 5:31 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 13, 2015, 5:32 PM ]
As Fr. Gill announced last week, there will now be a second collection taken each week dedicated to raising funds for future air conditioning. Until that becomes a reality, here are some songs to keep you cool...

Over two dozen artists have recorded the western song Cool Water about a man, his mule, and a desert mirage. Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman sang In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening in the 1951 film “Here Comes the Groom”; which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. Lalo Schifrin’s “Cool Hand Luke” soundtrack was also nominated for an Academy Award, and Cool Hand Luke is the name of a Nashville-based Christian band!

June Christy’s Something Cool is the epitome of “cool” jazz, a style that arose following WWII characterized by relaxed tempos and lighter tone, in contrast to the faster and more virtuosic bebop style that preceded it. In 1966 The Capitols released Cool Jerk about the Detroit neighborhood pimps who would dance in the clubs, but were too “cool" to do the jerk like regular folks.

Broadway’s “West Side Story” challenges us to keep Cool, and “1776” boasts Cool, Cool, Considerate Men (which we’ll be when we have air conditioning!) The 1970’s also gave us the Velvet Underground’s Cool It Down; Rickie Lee Jones’ Coolsville and Squeeze’s Cool for Cats. The 1980’s brought Eurythmic’s Cool Blue; Spark’s Cool Places; New Edition’s Cool It Now and Boston’s Cool the Engines; and the pop and new wave arrangements of that era inspired Gwen Stefani’s Cool.

Mike Posner’s Cooler than Me was remixed in an instrumental dance version by Gigamesh . Two summers ago Echosmith’s Cool Kids was released as the iTunes Store Single of the Week; and also out that summer was the Pakistani rap Cool It. Hope you’re keeping cool...