If You Can't Stand the Heat

Crank Up the A/C and Listen to Q2

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Monday, July 18, 2011

I don’t enjoy heat. To know me is to put up with incessant avoidance of sun (it is not about the sunny side of the street over here), constant opening of windows & suspicious obsession with northern countries, ergo, the summer and I have a complicated relationship. Because, summer! Summer is a great time when people are doing amazing things like packing chicken salad into tupperware and getting down with pink wine and making crazy boozy popsicles (I totally just spelled that word Boosey, I feel like I should get a prize, maybe the complete catalogue of Arnold Bax?). Summer is also fireflies and fireworks and minor league baseball and grilling. Music festivals! Sailing! Summer is a lot of great things, but summer is also really hot and that part is not ideal.

But: Air Conditioning! In New York, this season is all about extremes of temperature, and that's what we're exploring this week: music that has something to do with the steamy, lethargic, A/C-shivery weirdness that is the physical state of the body in summer. We'll hear music that's constantly toggling between serious heat (the subway platform) and air-conditioned briskness (the subway-self). This is totally great if you think about it like a schvitz and a cold plunge, or something.

I'm particularly excited to bring you Einojuhani Rautavaara's opera "The House of the Sun," which plays out like an episode of Hoarders: Finland, and details two Russian sisters freezing to death in their Finnish home after locking themselves in out of a sense of shame that they could no longer afford domestic help. Opera! And that's just Tuesday. There's a ton more where that came from!

Hopefully, between Q2 and those popsicles, we'll all be able to beat the heat. What's your go-to strategy to be the summertime heat?

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Comments [3]

Richard Friedman Music From Other Minds from Oakland, CA

My solution to the hot summers (and freezing winters) in NYC was to move to California for good.

Temps in Berkeley/Oakland average 55-60 all year. We do have our 90s and our 30s, but never like NYC. It's a beautiful 74 outside right now.

Of course, some would say that its the extremes that make NYC so much more lively than laid-back Cal. But giving up the slush in winter and the never ending sweaty days and nights of NY summers for continual spring/fall/spring/fall of Northern California has its benefits. Like no air conditioning needed, or snow shovels. Or four wardrobes.

Only trouble is you never quite know what season it is.

I do miss the sound of summer cicadas all night from my Long Island childhood, tho.

Jul. 21 2011 02:06 PM

If you've ever wondered about the lasting value of Q2's superb creation, streaming, and archiving of live performances, ask yourself where else you're going to be hearing Terry Riley's "Loops for Ancient Giant Nude Hairy Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle" in a live performance at LPR.

I recommend you mention this amazing service (live performance capture and stream) in your Q2 Survey.

And you take the survey right here: http://www.wqxr.org/articles/q2-music/2011/jul/14/your-ideal-new-music-station/

Jul. 20 2011 01:17 PM
atom from bk

acclimate, painfully, over the first few brutal hot nights. then not only is summer amazing to throw on shorts and little else and set off into the city, but to do so without feeding CO2 into the atmosphere brings an additional beauty to the adventure. that, and ice cubes in your underpants.

Jul. 16 2011 03:05 PM

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