With summer in full blaze, I present a gallery of icy scenes.
We're having another hot weekend in L.A., so a batch of swimsuit covers seems appropriate.
"Da-dah di-dah-da-dah, da-dah, da-dah, da-dah, da-dah" or something like that, goes the sound of that annoyingly repetitive Mister Softee ice-cream truck jingle which, with summer now in full-effect, has been playing in a seemingly never-ending loop in many city neighborhoods, including mine. Like most, I once too loved that song that signaled the promise of a nice cold ice cream on a hot summer's day. But after the first few thousand times or so of enduring that looped sound, it firmly burrowed its way under my skin and got on my goddamn nerves, and I am not alone in feeling this way. New Yorker Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero was so sick and tired of hearing the same two or three old ice cream truck songs playing over and over, year after year, decade after decade, that he decided to compose alternative ice cream songs and has created an entire album of new original music based on the insidiously infectious tunes of ice cream trucks and already a number of independent ice cream truck operators in New York and Los Angeles have started using Hearst's music instead of the traditional truck tunes. Entitled simply Songs For Ice Cream Trucks, the recently released album's dozen songs were recorded using various unusual instruments, including a high-pitched glockenspiel, melodica and theremin. That's his video above.