episode #60 summer solstice

The gardens are blooming, and summer is in full swing. It’s the time of year when the crops are growing heartily and the earth has warmed up. Midsummer!
Many cultures have honoured gods and goddesses of the sun. The summer solstice is also associated with festivals such as the Vestalia, in ancient Rome, and with ancient structures like the stone circles found all over the world.
Nearly every agricultural society has marked the high point of summer in some way, shape or form. The Celts celebrated with bonfires that would add to the sun’s energy, Christians placed the feast of St John the Baptist towards the end of June and it is also the festival of Li, the Chinese Goddess of light.

Spoken word

Lightnin’ Rod: The Cafe Black Rose


The Quantic Soul Orchestra: Tropidelico

Deee-Lite: Picnic In The Summertime

Bag Raiders: Sunlight

Barry White: My Sweet Summer Suite

Little Dragon: Summertearz

Lana Del Ray: Summertime Sadness

The Good, The Bad & The Queen: Behind the Sun

Santana: Life Is a Lady/ Holiday

Beastie Boys: In 3’s

Coleman Hawkins: The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise

New York Jazz Lounge: Summertime

Röyksopp: Running To The Sea 

Boards of Canada: Hey Saturday Sun

Community radio midnight show Through the Bohemian Looking Glass is aired every night at midnight (GMT). A new episode is aired every Friday midnight on Wirral Wave radio or AirTime. Later on SoundCloud for some time.

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