Martha and the four “B’s” of summer


I know summer has begun when I first turn on Dancing in the Streets by Martha and the Vandellas. I love her style and the song. She sings a catchy, summery tune that unites the whole U.S. Though it is through dancing and singing, I think the principle is perfect to apply to our concept. I know we are getting hype about which state has the best plates, but first we have to garner some camaraderie, goals and pride so we can have healthy competitions and conversations.

One of Martha’s lines is “This is an invitation across the nation, the chance for folks to meet.” I would change meet to eat for our purposes, Anne, but I’m not about to butcher this lovely song with a rendition Weird Al would be proud of. I’m simply inviting you and all the others out there to take a chance and bet on us and help us discover the best plates these U.S. states can dish out, and they all make a statement when it comes to summer food and fun.

As she belts “calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street. They’re dancing in Chicago, down in New Orleans, in New York City,” it reminds me that the USA houses and supports quite the range of creativity, rivalry and unity.

It is the height of summer and we have yet to address the best summer pastimes—BBQ, baseball, buns and beer. With Martha in my ear telling us to unite, there is no better way to do so than with the four B’s.

She continues: “There’ll be laughing, singing, and music swinging, dancing in the street. Philadelphia, P.A., Baltimore and D.C. now. Can’t forget the Motor City.”

We’ve all got our own rendition of the best BBQ, we all have a team to root for, we all have buns in hand and on the sand and we all have some craft beer too.

She concludes: “Way down in L.A. ev’ry day, they’re dancing in the street. (Dancing in the street.) Let’s form a big, strong line, get in time, we’re dancing in the street. (Dancing in the street.) Across the ocean blue, me and you, we’re dancing in the street.”

We are meeting is Austin soon. I’m excited! It’ll be my first post away from my coast.

Ciao for now.



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