“Oh won’t you stay just a little bit longer”
I’m sorry if that song is now lodged in your brain, but it was what I was thinking as I drove to work one day last week.
As the time of the sunrise changes, my daily commute brings me some interesting opportunities to see a gorgeous sky. On this particular day, I saw the most amazing sky-on-fire red sky, but I saw it from the left lane of Interstate 91 as I was preparing to merge onto I-84, via a left-hand exit. I.E. not a good place to take a picture.
The good place for that photo wasn’t far away though. Just across the river is an exit that I take to get to Great River Park. Near the park entrance is one of my favorite spots to take sunrise photos. I could get near the spot faster if I stayed on the highway, but I wouldn’t be able to pull over. The location is on the wide shoulder of an on-ramp.
In any case, by the time I was at Great River Park, the sun had risen and the color had drained from the sky. Disappointed, I turned into the park, and happily found the rising sun reflecting off one of Hartford’s prettiest buildings, the home of Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (now part of Munich Re). Not only was the sun reflecting brilliantly onto the Connecticut River, but some ducks and a Blue Heron were feeding in the bright sunshine. I had missed the photo I had hope to get, but I got some photos I really like.
In case that song is still stuck in your head, here are three versions, hopefully you will find one that you like. Thanks for visiting.
“Stay” was written by Maurice Williams and performed with his band, The Zodiacs
The original recording of “Stay” remains the shortest single ever to reach the top of the American record charts, at 1 minute 36 seconds in length.
The song was covered by everyone. My favorite version is by Jackson Browne, on his “Running on Empty” album :
Of course – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons also had a good run with this song. I’m not a fan of this version, but many people are, so…