Song of the Day #2,156: ‘Summer’ – Calvin Harris

calvin_harris_summerUntil I located the video for today’s SOTD, I’d always assumed that Calvin Harris was black.

I made that assumption having never heard one of his own songs (that I know of) though I’m somewhat familiar with his collaborations with artists such as Rihanna. So I was surprised to see a pasty white Scottish guy singing this ode to a love as fleeting as the warmest season.

Naming a song ‘Summer’ is a pretty transparent lobby for Song of the Summer status, and this song’s techno danceability might put it in the running for that title, but it feels a bit too lightweight to me.

When the lyrics consist only of the “pre-hook” and the “hook,” as denoted by RapGenius, you know you’re not dealing with very complicated songwriting.

[Pre-Hook]
When I met you in the summer
To my heartbeat’s sound

[Hook]
We fell in love
As the leaves turned brown
And we could be together baby
As long as skies are blue
You act so innocent now
But you lied so soon
When I met you in the summer

[Pre-Hook]
[Hook]

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,156: ‘Summer’ – Calvin Harris

  1. Dana says:

    I assumed this guy was Black as well.

    Despite the obvious pandering for Somg of the Summer, I don’t see this being it. There’s just nothing that interesting about it.

  2. Amy says:

    It’s the name – Calvin.

    Meanwhile, this is my vote for “song of the summer” 🙂

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