Artist: Pet Shop Boys
Track: Se A Vida E (That’s The Way Life Is)
If Len’s ‘Steal My Sunshine’ is early June; then the Pet Shop Boy’s ‘Se a vida é (That’s the Way Life is)’ is late August. Though upbeat and sun-soaked, its lilting melody is tinged with a mature recognition: as summer’s candle burns to its wick, our free-spirited optimism is put away with the barbeque grill. Even more frighteningly, our advancing years diminish the power of summer to infuse our experiences with elements of the carnivalesque. The summer as an anarchic expanse in which responsibility is cast into the fire is, after all, a misconception belonging to childhood. For the vast majority of us, leisure time during our adult lives will be scrapped and saved for; a few wonky circuses standing out in a desert of processed bread. After all, That’s the Way Life is.