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I’m not one to put any stock in jinxes and superstitions, but I do believe God has a sense of humor and sometimes I wonder if he’s a bit of a practical joker.

Like on Saturday morning when I pressed the “eject” button on the CD player in my car and it made an odd whirring noise but didn’t spit the disc out. I tried everything from turning it off and on again, to pressing “play” then “stop” and “eject,” to whacking it with my fist. I even whispered soft words of endearment in its “ear” (the Bluetooth microphone).

Nothing worked.

Remedy Drive’s “The North Star” CD was lodged inside, seemingly silenced forever, refusing to play.

The irony of the situation lies in a column published here just a few weeks ago about “summer sounds” and my love for music. I explained how the air conditioner in my car had been broken all summer, but that it didn’t matter because I don’t use it much to begin with.

“If the radio or speakers stopped working, however, emergency repairs would be in immediate order,” I wrote.

I also included a playlist of the Suburban editorial staff’s top 20 summertime tunes, with songs like “Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys,” “That Summer Feeling” by Jonathan Richman” and “Summer in the City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful.” I asked readers to share their summer favorites with us as well, and you didn’t disappoint.

Jeff Petrucci of South Abington Township wrote in with five recommendations:

■ “Summertime”

by Mose Allison

■ “The Summer”

by Yo La Tengo

■ “In That Golden Summertime”by DZ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince

■ “California Love”

by Tupac

■ “Rock ‘n Roll”

by Velvet Underground

Mark Cruciani of Clarks Summit shared his top pic:

■ “In the Summertime” by Mongo Jerry

And Alan Hughes of Clarks Green called with two good ones:

■ “Wonderful Summer” by Robin Ward

■ “Here Comes Summer” by Jerry Keller”

School may be back in session for some, but summer isn’t technically over until the first day of fall, Sept. 22. So can we hold off on the pumpkin spice for a few more weeks and enjoy our summer playlist a little while longer, before “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells” start taking over the department stores?

Don’t get me wrong – I love fall, and Christmastime is one of my favorite times of year, but I also like to enjoy each season while it’s here.

And part of summer for me, as I expressed in the first “summer sounds” column, is driving with the “windows down and music up.”

Which is why, when just a few weeks later my CD player broke, my heart sank.

Was that a coincidence?


Practical joke?

I wouldn’t be surprised. Especially considering how, on my drive home from hanging out with friends after church on Sunday, I hit the “eject” button (just as I had dozens of times all weekend) and the CD slid out without protest. With fear and trembling, I popped another disc in, and music filled the air as if the whole episode was nothing more than a bad dream.

I laughed and drove on, the summer air blowing through the open windows and mixing with the sound waves flowing from the fully-functional car stereo system.