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Seasonal Tunes

Summertime in Montana won’t actually be here for a couple of months yet, but with the last few days in the 50s, we can at least imagine it. For an entomologist, summertime means bugs on the go again, after their six months of winter diapause at various developmental stages.

So, the Gershwin classic “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess qualifies as a biotune. Here is my jazz band’s version of it from our concert last week, with baritone sax in the lead. You can almost hear the happy buzzing of the bees.

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