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Tuesday
Sep022014

Summer (lovin') happened so fast

Hello all, Manuel here wishing you all a great “back to school!” week with some choice words from your favorite singing and dancing adults-playing-teens.

I've had the best summer of my life and now I have to go away. It isn't fair."

To all the Sandys out there who have spent their summer nights bowling in the arcade, making out under docks, and getting friendly in the sand, it must surely seem unfair that it’s that time of year again when we bid goodbye to fun summer flings and have instead to prep ourselves for another school year. We could spend the next couple of weeks moping about the end of summer, and wishing we didn't have to spend the last beautiful days of the year indoors pining away, but, like Grease itself, we should see this coming back to school moment as an opportunity to engage in a high-energy musical number. True, Frankie Valli's rendition of Barry Gibb's "Grease" opens the film (while cartooney versions of our leads get ready for their first day of school) but it is "Summer Nights" which officially kicks off this musical comedy, framing the entire narrative of the film as an attempt to reclaim and repurpose the spirit (and romance!) of those summer nights amidst the dreary day to day of senior year.

“Okay girls, let’s go get ‘em!”

I had a friend in high school who, without a doubt, would always bring up "Summer Nights" on our first day of school ("tell me more! tell me more!" he'd joke, though I rarely had anything as interesting as Sandy to share with him). I never told him this, but thinking back on it, I would have much rather us role-play being the Pink Ladies (rather than dear old "Sandra Dee"!). I mean, in terms of heading back to school, I think Rizzo and the Pink Ladies have the right attitude. Can you really go wrong with sunglasses, pink jackets, gum and a killer strut?

Did you have, like Sandy, an unforgettable summer that you wish would never end? Have you already chosen what fabulous outfit you’ll be wearing when you make your grand return to the classroom this fall? Tell me more, tell me more!

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Reader Comments (6)

i haven't been in school in so long but even though it was always hard to start again. there's something great about that defining line end of this / beginning of that that makes the seasons feel more like seasons.

now i just have to use Oscar dates and movie releases ;)

LOVE GREASE. and the pink ladies coming back to rule the school is such a senior year experience.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

In my country, going back to school was just after easter, so I've always related Mel Gibson's The Passion with school. Whenever I saw that picture I thought 'Shit, tomorrow I have classes'.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFredo

I'm not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed - but I've watched GREASE probably more than 100 -150 times since its release in 1978 from cinemas (including re-runs) and TV to videotapes and DVDs/Blu-rays. Talk about being a fanatic:) I love every bit of the movie and it brings back many fond memories of my school-going years. We go together,like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong....

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJans

No school for me, and I think I'm going to the beach today!!!

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

It's no back to school for me, but I definitely feel that reluctance at a vacation's end on the first day back to work after Labor Day. What I wouldn't give to be at the beach right now..

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Summer of '88. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" "Big" and "Married To The Mob" in theaters. Sade and Richard Marx all over the radio. The heat was scorching. The relationship was swoonily romantic. It was indeed all about ("Oh!") "those summer nights."

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDback

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