Sunday Stills: Song Lyric Photo Challenge–Summers of My Dreams

Spokane Mountain Views

Welcome to the first-ever Sunday Stills song lyric photo challenge! This type of challenge is not new to bloggers but I thought it would be fun to try it. This theme was a challenge for me because I love all types of music, but I wanted to choose songs that made sense in my own life.

The idea of this challenge is to match images related to your favorite song lyrics. If this is unclear, it might be best to think of your favorite song(s) and highlight some lyrics with your new or existing photos. Here is an example from Marsha and my example from 2017: My Favorite Things.

Also, to avoid copyright infringements of published lyrics, only post a few lines rather than the entire song. If you write poetry or your own songs, you can certainly use your work for this theme!

Summer Rain, All Summer Long

Today, to help inspire you with appropriate images, I chose Summer Rain by Johnny Rivers, a popular song released in 1968. According to Wikipedia:

“Summer Rain” was written by Jimmy Hendricks(!) and performed by Johnny Rivers on his 1968 LP Realization. The song reached No. 14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, No. 6 on the U.S. Cash Box Top 100, and No. 10 in Canada in early January, 1968. “Summer Rain” is a song about lifelong love during “the summer of love” which refers to the phenomenon of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco between 1965 and 1968.

Wikipedia

Think hippie culture and free love. Despite the song’s origins, I simply like the music and the words.

I was 8 years old in 1968. I may have remembered hearing the song in the car on road trips at that age. I suppose it wasn’t until the early 80s upon hearing it again, how much I enjoyed the idea of the lyrics as a celebration of summer. Later as I became a windsurfer, I started to appreciate the types of wind, coming from the four directions, east, west, north, south that the song mentions.

Here are my images for Summer Rain. Imagine the song is written is from my husband’s perspective. I apologize in advance for any subsequent earworms on the part of the reader!

abstract rainy day

Summer rain taps at my window
West wind soft as a sweet dream


My love warm as the sunshine
Sittin’ here by me, she’s here by me

At the delta, pre-wedding, July 2013

All summer long, we spent dancin’ in the sand

Dancin'

And the jukebox kept on playin’
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

She wants to live in the Rockies
She says that’s where we’ll find peace

Happy on our half acre
First look at property in Washington, May 2020

Settle down, raise up a family
To call our own, yeah, we’ll have a home

House and Shop
Waiting for Shop Doors (taken 8/6)

The snow drifts by my window


North wind blowin’ like thunder
Our love’s burnin’ like fire
And she’s here by me, yeah, she’s here with me
Let tomorrow be

Swing your heart out

Summer Rain © 1967 Hendricks/Rivers

Summer Wedding, Climbing Mountains

I’m also sharing for Marsha’s Writers Quotes Wednesdays Writers’ Choice “Writer’s Choice” or Mountains this week.
Summer Rain is a celebration of my 8th wedding anniversary on August 22. In two weeks, we will be in the Sedona, Arizona area over a long weekend.

For our wedding day in 2013, I chose Climb Every Mountain from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music as the song in which I walked down the aisle with my daughters. This is one of my favorite musicals.

Wedding photo credits © Kimberly Washington 2013

This verse is my entry for WQWWC this week:

“Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream.”

Climb Every Mountain lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC

I’ve always wanted to live in the mountains and we do!

Next Week’s Monthly Color Challenge

color challenge burlywood

Next week’s photo challenge is the Monthly Color challenge exploring the color “burlywood”—a light shade of brown, kind of like khakis. By this time of year in the Northern hemisphere, this color should be seen everywhere in nature!

Sunday Stills Moves to Canada for Three Weeks Beginning August 22

Many thanks to Natalie of Natalie the Explorer who will guest host Sunday Stills while I take a break and travel a bit. You may know her Weekend Coffee Share Feature. Natalie has chosen the themes for Sunday Stills which are as follows:
8/22 In the Garden
8/29 Afloat
9/5 Colorful Murals

Throughout this post, I share various images for the following challenges:

Johnbo’s Cellpic Sunday and Lens-Artists Challenge hosted by Patti this week.

Bugged Blogger Links from Last Week

Sunday Stills is a wonderful community of bloggers and photographers who desire to connect with one another. Below are the last week’s links from bloggers who shared their favorite insect and bug photos.

A Day in the Life

Always Write

Blog of Hammad Rais

Bushboy’s World

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Cee’s Photo Challenges

Deb’s World

Denyse Whelan Blogs

Easin’ Along Image shared in comments—you gotta see it!

Equipoise Life

Graham’s Island

Geriatrix Fotogallery

Heaven’s Sunshine

Hugh’s Views and News Image in Comments

Kamerapromenader

Loving Life

Light Write Life

Light Words

Musin’ with Susan

Now At Home

Nuthouse Central

Retirementally Challenged

Retirement Reflections Image shared on Instagram

Take a Walk

Travel With Me

Woolly Muses

Working on Exploring

I’m looking forward to your creativity with song lyrics or poetry this week highlighted by your photos! Have a great week! Join me next week for the monthly color challenge before I go on my break!

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99 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: Song Lyric Photo Challenge–Summers of My Dreams

  1. Wow, you did a great job finding images for most of the lyrics in your favorite songs. Of course, you have a massive archive to peruse! You sound incredibly happy in your posts, Terri, and I’m so glad to see that. Enjoy your break – Natalie is an awesome blog host! 🙂

    PS: I am not getting your posts in my inbox anymore – hence my absence here – and signed up with my email address again. The message said I was already following your blog, so we will see what happens.

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  2. Happy upcoming anniversary, Terri.

    I’ve never seen a challenge like this one before. When it comes to music, it’s always been more about the beat of the music than the lyrics to me. My DJ years are to blame for that because I was never happy unless I had a full dancefloor.

    Even though I’ve seen photos of the location of your new home, I’m always amazed by just how fresh and peaceful it looks when I see photos of the area you now live in. The fun you and Hans are having on those swings comes through so strongly in that photo. Keep on having fun.

    I’m afraid there is no entry from me this week because I couldn’t think of a song I like enough (apart from a Christmas song) to find photos for. I wasn’t sure people would appreciate seeing photos of Christmas trees yet, although I know it won’t be long before Christmas cards appear in the shops. The countdown has begun in the Roberts’ household, but that’s all I’m saying.

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    1. Thanks so much, Hugh! I’m impressed at the creativity bloggers have shown with this challenge. A little bird told me there will be a song lyrics challenge in time for Christmas 🎄 🎶 We really do enjoy our new lives here. We’re blessed with kind neighbors so far and enjoy rural living. Of I could bottle and sell the sound of the wind in the pines, I’d be rich. We are also excited about the reopening of the Canadian border only 90 minutes away by car. New adventures await!

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  3. LOL for the ear worm apology Terri! Songs can definitely be inspirational so your post is a nice fit for us this week. I love how you tied your images to the lyrics throughout. I bet there was many an eyebrow raised at your Climb Every Mountain wedding march!! Loved the image with your daughters – 2 beautiful, happy women. What could be better.

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  4. Terri,
    Donna introduced me to the term “earworm,” a word that describes a song that gets stuck in your head. I had never heard the term, but it happens to me a lot. This week we are passing through Oklahoma and I have been singing the Rogers and Hammerstein song by the same name. The picture below, taken in our campground in Oklahoma City, does a pretty good job of illustrating the wind sweeping down the plain.

    Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain
    And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
    When the wind comes right behind the rain.
    Oklahoma, Ev’ry night my honey lamb and I
    Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk
    Makin’ lazy circles in the sky

    Thanks for sharing your pictures…you made a lovely bride.

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  5. Lots of great family photos there Terri. Good to see things are going well for you. I’m way adrift this week, a combination of too much work and too little energy. I’ll try and pop something up tomorrow or Tuesday, but in the meantime I’m sticking with simple posts until I have a bit more time!

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  6. Hi Terri, what an absolutely wonderful way to do this challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed your lyrics and the accompanying photos. You are very creative and generous in sharing these with us. I really enjoyed the topic this week too and had fun when finally inspiration struck me, it took a while….
    My post is here and I’ve gone with a sunshine theme, as IU’ve had enough of rain and grey winter weather! https://debs-world.com/2021/08/08/cover-me-in-sunshine-for-sundaystills/

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      1. You are more than welcome Terri, I love the connections we make this way and learning more about each other as we go. Thanks for hosting us for SS each week.

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  7. Oh what a lovely way to share you loves and your life via this post. It was a so cool seeing the images to match your song lyrics. Cool to see Natalie on board for a few weeks while you get a proper break and take chance to enjoy all that is good with catch ups and ‘catching your breath’ it really has been a BIG year.

    I chose ‘heart’ and the post tells why. The song via you tube and selected lyrics seems fine via copyright…Thanks for hosting.

    Denyse.

    https://www.denysewhelan.com.au/denyse-blogs/how-heart-helped-me-sundaystills-96-2021/

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    1. Thank you, Denyse! I originally wasn’t going to have a guest host since blogging tends to drop off a little this time of year, at least in the US. I love hosting SS but I’m looking forward to a bit of a break as August into Labor Day weekend is super busy with major family events. Thank your for your continuing wonderful support, as always and I look forward to “seeing” you again later this week!

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  8. Happy anniversary, Terri! You did a fabulous job capturing songs and photos. Your wedding photos are beautiful. Thank you for introducing me and my guest host role to Sunday Stills audience. Now let me go outside and get some photos for Aug 22 SS theme 🙂

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  9. Happy Anniversary!!! What a great challenge. Your photos are incredible (as usual). And you now have my feet tapping out some of my favourite summer tunes.
    I did this challenge in reverse. I took a recent photo from my camera roll (that I hadn’t previously shared) and selected lyrics that best suited it. Here’s what I came up with:

    I would definitely LOVE a treehouse like that!

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  10. I seriously had never heard this song but you did a great job capturing it in photos. I am hopeful to get my post pulled together. Got the song now to just match my media file photos to it. Nice to see your family and home featured in the post. Thanks again for hosting. Bernie

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  11. This is funny, not haha but what a small world-ish. My Sunday Stills comes out this afternoon. You are going to get a kick out of it. We must have been twins from different parents at a bit different time. Wait till you read it, then we can talk about what a beautiful post this is. 🙂

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my site, Terri. I am sure I will enjoy following your posts.

    You have focused on one of my favorite songs of that era. You could have “knocked me over with a feather” when you mentioned the song was written by Jimmy Hendrix. That doesn’t seem like his style, but then again, what do I know about musical styles. >grin<

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    1. Hi Ingrid, I’m excited to see you in the blogosphere! Been missing your thoughts and images, but I’m sure you have been in bliss with your annual visit north. Tell Al we parked two of our vehicles in the shop for the first time yesterday 😉 Great to see you, take care!

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      1. I’m sure Hans is in his happy place with that garage. It felt good to write a blog post and go through my images. I haven’t picked up the camera much this summer and didn’t realize how much I’ve missed it.

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