The Farr Side: The songs of summer

David T. Farr

Let’s talk about sax, Lady ... Let’s talk about Bruno and Katy... Let’s talk about all the good songs, and the "bad" songs that say party ...  Let’s talk about sax!

Summer is almost here, and the Hot 100 is abuzz with songs hoping to be your favorite this summer at the beach, in your car, on your iPod or stuck in your head. 

I hadn’t thought about it much, but it had been quite a while since I heard a saxophone in a pop song until Lady Gaga’s “Edge Of Glory” hit it big. 

The track from “Born This Way” features a solo by Clarence Clemons of E Street Band fame. How cool is that?

The ’80s were my time and just about every other song had a sax in it. Leave it to Gaga to make it cool again.  And, to be honest — it makes the song even better. 

“Edge Of Glory” is sure to be a contender for top summer song. It’s already in the Top 10 with it’s eye on No. 1. 

Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” also features a sax. The retro-ish track is the fifth single from her Grammy-nominated “Teenage Dream” album. The first four singles all made their way to the top of the charts.

Other artists have singles in anticipation of summer fun. Here are a few I’m sure you’ll hear.

“Where Them Girls At” by David Guetta, Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj and Jason Derulo’s latest single, “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” from his forthcoming album tear up the dance floor. These two tracks are on fire.

Chris Brown continues his return to “f.a.m.e.” with “Look At Me Now” featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil' Wayne. He also has “Next 2 U” with Justin Bieber adding to the fever. 

Train’s “Save Me, San Francisco” is another sing-a-long from the band that currently does them best. When Train’s music plays, you can’t help but get involved with Pat Monahan’s undeniable candor. One of my faves for sure this summer.

Hot Chelle Rae’s song “Tonight Tonight” is a catchy tune that grows on you, as does Skylar Grey’s debut single “Dance Without You.” 

Blake Shelton is back with “Honey Bee,” while Zac Brown Band hits with “Knee Deep” and Jason Aldean with “Dirt Road Anthem.” Trace Adkins’ “Just Fishin’” that will probably take the country summer song disntinction. 

My pick for the song of summer 2011 has to be the Bruno Mars single “The Lazy Song.”  The song says it all: “Today, I’m not doing anything ...”  Perfect for those dog days of summer, dontcha think? Where’s my lemonade? I’ve got a date with the hammock.

David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.