Friday on My Mind: June!

Colin Meloy at CMJ // photo by Christopher Nelson

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

June has snuck up on us. Seriously, it snuck up and stabbed May right in the heart and now wants all of our love and attention. I say we just entertain her until July comes around, what’s the worst that could happen? Well, in Seattle it could rain all of June but so far so good. June takes it’s name from the Roman goddess Juno, who is the wife of Jupiter and nowhere near Uranus. However, others say that June’s name actually originated from the Latin word iuniors. It means the younger ones, which is opposed to majors or elders which May’s name was originated from, but May is now dead so we need to move on. In June, spring ends and summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere. This is also the month with the longest daylight hours of the year. For those of us who go to sleep while still sunny out I say, “thank you, June, that sucks!”

A few historical events and days of note during the month of June:

  • National Rocky Road Day. My favorite flavor of ice cream and I’m a vegan! Rocks nor Roads are made of dairy.
  • Applesauce Cake Day. June 6th. That exists. I’m a fan of cake in all its forms. Cranberryjuice cake. Bring it.
  • Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity on June 15, 1752 like a boss.
  • Eat Your Vegetables Day. June 17th. Yes, eat them on this one day. Don’t eat them during all the other days of the year. You’ll be fine.
  • Go Skateboarding Day. Celebrated on June 21. Go to the ER is also that day.
  • Kitchen Klutzes of America Day. June 23rd. I have no idea what that means.
  • Icelandic folklore says that bathing naked in the morning dew on June 24th will slow down aging and keep one youthful. If you do that every day before your Morning Show it says that you’ll eventually be arrested in Denny park.
  • National Chocolate Pudding Day. June 26th. Combine that with cake day and you have one in… nevermind.

June! Watch your back!!! And now here are a few of our favorite songs that are about or mention the month of June:

Colin Meloy – June Hymn

“June Hymn” pretty much says it all in its title. Frontman for The Decemberists, Colin Meloy a solo performance of “June Hymn” as a part of our broadcast from The Ace Hotel in NYC during the 2010 CMJ Music Marathon Marathon. This was prior to the 2011 release of full length, The King is Dead, which is where you can find this pretty song. The album version includes harmonies from Gillian Welch. The album itself was recorded within a converted barn on Pendarvis Farm in Oregon. Here is the video footage of Colin’s acoustic rendition live on KEXP:

Smashing Pumpkins – Rhinoceros

Lyrics from the “Rhinoceros”:

“Planned a show
Treasoned my roots
Ice cream snow
See you in june”

A few things that Billy Corgan has been up to recently; He opened his own teashop in Chicago called Madame ZuZu’s, he gave a marathon eight-hour electronic music interpretation of the Herman Hesse’s novel, Siddartha. He also performed a set at his Chicago tea shop based on “four sonic impressions on poems by the great Sufi mystic Rumi.” Here is the Billy we like to remember:

Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You


“No april rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding saturday within the month of June”

This song was originally featured in the movie and soundtrack for the movie The Woman in Red with Gene Wilder and Kelly LeBrock, the scientific creation from Weird Science. Stevie Wonder also performed the song during an episode of The Cosby Show back in 1986.

Honorable Mentions:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Watching Alice

“Alice wakes
It is morning
She is yawning
As she walks about the room
Her hair falls down her breast
She is naked and it is June”

Prince – I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man

“It was only last June when her old man ran away
She couldn’t stop crying ’cause she knew he was gone 2 stay
It was 10:35 on a lonely friday night
She was standin’ by the bar”

James – Falling Down

“Baby’s neptune’s in your moon
Venus in your third
She’s in bloom from June through June
Says, love’s no noun. love’s a reverb”

Jamiroquai – Butterfly

“I feel like I’m a butterfly in June
So colour in my wings and let me hold your hand
I could be the sun and you could be my moon
But all you ever say is catch me if you can”

Pink Floyd – Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk

“You swoon
June bloom
Music seems to help the pain
Seems to cultivate the brain.”

Jackson Browne – Culver Moon

“Baby, Culver me
And I’ll Culver you
When the streets are shining with the smoggy dew
When the lights are glowing with the mists of June
And the whole world is lit up by the Culver Moon”

Neil Diamond – Desiree

“It was the third of june
On that summer’s day
Well I became a man
At the hands of a girl
Almost twice my age”

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