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A Song That Reminds Me of Summertime

30-Day Song Challenge, Day 3: A Song That Reminds You of Summertime

Never mind that Journey’s “Stone in Love” point-blank mentions “summer nights” and is packed with imagery that evokes what it’s like to be in love — or at least in lust — on those sweltering nights that never seem as long or as dark or as ripe with possibilities as when you’re young. No, I associate it with summer because of that time I was road-tripping with my friend Jeremy and we stopped in southern Utah to visit a cousin of his, and then we all spent the night cruising around St. George in his cousin’s car with the Escape album on endless replay in the CD player. Or maybe it was a cassette deck? Who can say now? It was a long time ago, possibly the last time I ever “cruised the main drag” like that, which is probably why it’s stuck in my memory the way it has. But why that particular song instead of something else on the album? I don’t know, unless it just somehow seemed to fit the mood of the event. Could’ve just been because that catchy opening riff and those wonderfully nostalgic lyrics I mentioned.

Escape was Journey’s seventh studio album. Released in 1981, it was the band’s biggest seller and now represents the peak of their inescapable (and still considerable, even now) popularity. It spawned four hit singles, including their signature classic “Don’t Stop Believin’.” “Stone in Love” was not one of those singles, but it become a staple of 1980s album-oriented rock radio, the stations that did “block-party weekends” every weekend.

There’s no “video” per se for this song, but the live-performance clip I found was recorded for MTV, which was then in its very early days, so I suppose that counts, right? The entire concert is available on DVD under the title Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour.

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