In third grade, our school bus ride home went down a hill past some woods–the trees are always bare in my mind–and a soccer field. Near the top of the hill, there was a bump where the road went from being slightly downhill to quite steep downhill. If you sat near the back of the bus and the driver was going a fast that day, you could get some air as the back wheels whiplashed over the bump. I’m sure it was not far–an inch or two–but our young minds thought it was a mile, that we were flying, momentarily weightless.
It was around this hill, after our air-inspired laughter subdued, and we neared the soccer field that we started singing. I’m not sure why we did, but usually one of the fourth graders would start singing and we’d all sing along. Here are the songs we sang:
My present-day mind can’t help overanalyze these: these songs are related because Phil Spector–who produced the Righteous Brothers track–helped inspire Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys’ production. Yet, this track, from the Party! album, doesn’t feature Wilson’s famous production.
But of course we knew none of this. We just knew that they were fun songs to sing. They still are. Maybe sing them on your Muni ride home today and see if people join in?
 Incidentally, among the daily song leaders was Ryan Malone.